Jun 27, 2022  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

School Counseling, M.A.

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The Master of Arts degree in School Counseling is a professional degree designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure as a school counselor. Accordingly, this degree is awarded to the candidate who has demonstrated a capacity for professional performance by satisfactorily completing the course of study. Students will learn the theory and practice of counseling in the school setting and be able to apply counseling skills in a knowledgeable and skilled manner to areas such as appraisal, lifestyle and career development, counseling theory, group process, and professional issues.

The program is designed to meet specifications of State of Ohio course requirements for school counselor in grades K-12 as well as the requirements for school counselor in the States of Kentucky and  Indiana. Further, the M.A. in School Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. (CACREP).

Requirements for the M.A. in School Counseling

60 total credit hours are required.

The Master of Arts in School Counseling program offerings are divided into four groupings that will lead the student through a general sequence of academic experiences. Introductory courses are presented in Group I, with intermediate offerings available in Group II. Students should complete most of each group before proceeding to the next group. Groups III & IV requirements should be attempted only after Group I courses are completed.

Electives (9 credit hours)

Can be taken anytime.

Students can meet requirement for 9 elective credit hours by choose from the following:

Current Counseling Electives (Courses):

  • COUN 642 (3) Consultation and Supervision (Required for Clinical MH)
  • COUN 764 (3) Counseling and Psychotherapy (Required for Clinical MH)
  • COUN 630 (2) Intro to M.H. Counseling (Required for Clinical MH)
  • COUN 767 (3) Treating Addictions - Advanced (Required for Clinical MH)
  • COUN 639 (2) Treating Addictions 1 (Fall)
  • COUN 634 (2) Brief Counseling Interventions (Spring)

Current Counseling Electives (Workshops):

  • COUN 434 (2) Intro to REBT and CBT (Summer Workshop)
  • COUN 504 (2) Presence Practice - Deeper Therapy (Summer Workshop)
  • COUN 512 (1) Spirituality and Counseling (Summer Workshop)
  • COUN 526 (1) The WDEP System of Reality Therapy (Summer Workshop)
  • COUN 591 (1) Mindfulness in Counseling (Fall Workshop)
  • COUIN 527 (1) Transgender Counseling (Summer Workshop)
  • COUN 563 (1) Counseling Challenging Youth (Summer Workshop)
  • COUN 535 (1) Trauma and Dissociation (Summer Workshop)
  • COUN 520 (1) Diagnosis and Treating Anxiety Disorders (Summer Workshop)

Annual January Workshop (1) Topic varies but applicable to school counselors
School of Education Electives open to School Counseling Students:

  • EDAD 660 (3) Curriculum Design and Teaching Strategies 
  • EDSP 501 (2/3) Intro to Emotional Disturbed Children 
  • EDSP 580 (3) Classroom Management 
  • EDSP 567 (3) Social Skills and Behavior Management
  • EDSP 572 (3) Communication Strategies & Techniques (Assistive Technology)
  • EDSP 615 (3) Special Education Law 
  • EDSP 617 (3) Administrative Partnerships
  • Note: Most Education courses are offered all three semesters and many have online options.

Other Possible Electives:

  • NURS 779 (1) Applied Interprofessional Collaboration (Spring)
  • New Summer Workshops developed each year.
  • Additional graduate courses and workshops may count toward elective requirements with advisor and chair approval.

TOTAL: 60 Semester Hours


All students must complete COUN 670 (4 sem. hrs.). COUN 670 requires that a minimum of 600 clock hours of on-site school counseling activities be completed under the direct supervision of a school counselor. Of these 600 hours, a minimum of 240 clock hours must be conducted in direct service activities with clientele. On-campus class meetings are also scheduled as part of this experience.

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