Specialization leading to a Master of Education degree.
Forty-eight credit hours leading to a degree.
The school counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program is based on the conceptual framework of the School Counselor as a Facilitator of Human Development and Professional Program Manager. This model envisions the professional school counselor as a program manager who has the skills to assess, develop, improve, manage, and evaluate a counseling program that is comprehensive and based on the development of student competencies. The foci of the comprehensive program are developmental (activities provided for all students to foster their development), preventive (activities centered on the identification of students who are highly at risk of acquiring blocks to their development and removal of those blocks), and remedial (activities to help students who are struggling with problems that are impeding their development). The school counseling program at Cleveland State University is a forty-eight-semester-hour concentration leading to a Master of Education degree. There are two paths to licensure as a school counselor in the State of Ohio. One track is for licensed or certified teachers and the other track is for non-teachers.
Clinical and Field-Based Experience
There are two separate clinical, field-based courses. The first is CNS 680 , Counseling Practicum. This is a one-semester course requiring 100 hours of clinical field experience. Counseling Practicum is offered in the fall and spring semesters. The second clinical, field-based experience is CNS 685 , Internship in School Counseling. This is an intensive, two-consecutive-semester learning experience of supervised counseling in a school setting. Internship is offered as a fall-spring sequence only. Prerequisites for Practicum and Internship are listed under the course descriptions in this Catalog. Prerequisites are strictly enforced by counseling faculty.
Eligibility for Counseling Practicum (CNS 680 )
Students plan their programs so they can apply for practicum two semesters in advance of the term in which they wish to take it. Applications are available in the CASAL Department office, Julka Hall 275. In addition to the application, there is a mandatory practicum-orientation meeting. Applicants for practicum will be notified of the meeting date and time after they submit their practicum applications to their advisors. To be eligible to register for practicum, students must have passed the following courses: CNS 617 , CNS 620 , CNS 622 , CNS 623 , CNS 624 , and CNS 678 .
Eligibility for School Counseling Internship (CNS 685 )
Students plan their programs so they can apply for internship two semesters in advance of the term in which they wish to take it. Applications are available in the CASAL Department office, Julka Hall 275. In addition to successful completion of the practicum (CNS 680 ) and all practicum prerequisites, to be eligible for internship students must have passed CNS 604 , CNS 679 and CNS 706 .
Program Admission Eligibility
All students who are admitted into either the School or Clinical Mental Health programs at Cleveland State must enroll in and successfully complete the CNS 523 Small Group Laboratory course during the first semester of study along with other recommended courses, including CNS 604 , CNS 611 , EDB 601 , CNS 620 , CNS 624 and ALD 603 . It is strongly recommended that admitted students complete CNS 523 and CNS 620 concurrently during the first semester of enrollment. Students are required to receive an evaluation of “Satisfactory” in order to be officially admitted into the Counseling program and to enroll in advanced coursework beyond the courses described above. Students will be evaluated in CNS 523 on a variety of academic benchmarks, including course content knowledge and interpersonal competencies, that are a requirement for advanced coursework in the program and for field experiences (Practicum and Internship). If a student does not successfully pass the CNS 523 course, he/she will have the opportunity for a concerned conference with faculty members and a member from the University Judical Affairs Office and appropriate recommendations will be provided, including program withdrawal, probation and remediation or career and/or individual counseling services.
As of the Fall 2015 semester, CNS 523 is a prerequisite for enrollment in CNS 622 .
It should be noted that non-degree students who complete courses in the Counseling program are strongly encouraged to complete CNS 523 during the first semester of study in order to help faculty assess students’ overall fitness for the counseling profession.
Program of Study
Research in Behavioral Sciences
Cultural Foundations and Social Issues
School Counselor Practices and Principles
Clinical and Field-Based Experience