Statistics involving crises of children are alarming, as abuse, neglect, divorce, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, eating disorders, and other issues interfere with students’ stability. Professional School Counselors (PSC) are becoming more essential as schools are challenged to meet the academic, social, and safety needs of their students. The lives and futures of these students will be more promising with concern, encouragement, and direction offered by caring Professional School Counselors who are trained at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Those who complete the 48-credit-hour Master of Arts with a major in Counseling and specialization in School Counseling will learn to link counseling know-how to Christ-like service through the integration of Christian principles. Candidates are trained to be servant-leaders in the school setting. They are prepared to help pre-kindergarten through high school students succeed in school and in life as they counsel these students and collaborate with families, staff, and the community.
IWU’s Graduate School Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), 1001 N. Fairfax St., Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-535-5990 and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This dual accreditation shows the validity and strength of the program. Graduates will be recommended for licensure and will complete the Indiana School Counseling Exam to receive their license.
Beginning in the Fall of 2013, courses will be offered in a “Hybrid” format (combination of online and onsite coursework). The hybrid program follows the same curriculum, with the same courses as the original program (http://www.indwes.edu/Adult-Graduate/MA-Counseling/School-Counseling/), except classes will be online via Blackboard, with two courses requiring a weekend Intensive in Indianapolis and Practicum (CNS 550) will be in a school rather than a mental health clinic.
The 48 credit hour program includes nine (9) core counseling classes, three (3) School Counseling specialization classes, three (3) elective hours, and the completion of one (1) practicum and two (2) semesters of internship. Full-time students can finish their coursework in five (5) semesters, and most part-time students finish in as few as three (3) years. Individual courses pertaining to child and adolescent development and counseling (CNS527) may be taken by students who are seeking clarification of school counseling.
Students with a graduate degree in a closely related field may pursue a Post-Master’s Degree Certificate. This will award candidates a certificate rather than a degree, which will qualify them to sit for the exam and to receive an Indiana State School Counseling License.