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School Counseling

Course Descriptions

All courses are 4 credits, unless otherwise noted.

ED 5000G - Critical Issues in Education

This course addresses the foundations of education and the philosophical, historical, and sociological issues in the field. The course content will focus on the nature of educational process and the impact of socio-cultural and political forces on the American schools.

SC 5010G - Foundations of School Counseling (pre-practicum)

This course covers the underlying theories, models and methods for effective counseling an academic/school setting. Students will engage in critical analysis of current practices and theories of school counseling through research, application and exploration. Course includes a 25 hour pre-practicum experience directly linked to course content.

SC 5030G - Advanced Psychology of Learning and Assessment

The course explores the study of the nature, problems, and process of learning, cognition, and motivation as related to the educative process, psychology of childhood through adolescence as it relates to learning; assessment in education.

SC 5020G - Culture and Diversity in Counseling (pre-practicum option)

This course engages the student in critical analysis of the impact and importance of recognizing culture and diversity in our society. Strategies for identifying and eliminating barriers, prejudices, and processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination and related legal and ethical considerations will be covered. Specifically, students will reflect on their practice as a counselor, therapist, educator or leader and develop their own cultural competency.

CMH 500G - Counseling Theory

This course introduces students to major counseling theories that inform case conceptualization and practice in clinical settings. Students will learn to distinguish between different counseling interventions based upon client need and evidence-based research practices. Students will also examine how a counselor’s self-awareness, self-reflection and self-care impact both treatment and establishing a strong therapeutic alliance.

CMH 501G - Psychopathology 

This course introduces students to the etiology, presentation and treatment of mental health conditions that are stated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Students will learn strategies for differential diagnosis as well as how to work with diverse client populations to create effective, strength-based treatment plans.

ED 5710G - Challenges in Learning and Development (pre-practicum)

*Or other M.Ed. elective.
This course provides an overview of the challenges that students with moderate disabilities encounter in their personal, social, and academic lives. Beginning with descriptions of typical development, the class will explore how disabilities are identified, what necessary steps are taken to refer students for evaluations in the Special Education process, and research-based accommodations and interventions including the use of assistive technology devices. State and federal laws as well as an overview of local and national support agencies are also reviewed. (Students may take another course focused on special education to meet this requirement).

CMH 503G - Group Counseling (2 credits)

This course provides students with an opportunity to learn about the processes of group counseling by participating in experiential activities that demonstrate the basic principles of group counseling. Students will examine the various types of groups and the different techniques appropriate to each. The course also teaches students to understand the specific roles of group leaders and members. Emphasis will be placed on the ethical guidelines related to group work.

SC 5040G - Human Development and Addiction (2 credits)

This course reviews the aspects of addiction in light of the developmental aspects of pre-adolescent through young adulthood. Students will develop an understanding of addictions ranging from alcohol and drugs to gambling and video gaming. How addiction impacts learning, family and participation in society will be explored as part of field based research.

SC 6010G - Career and College Counseling and Development + SC 6020G - Practicum I (2 credits)

This course will focus upon the theories of career development with the objective of establishing a framework for the implementation of techniques and tools which can be employed by educators/counselors at every level to provide students with occupational, educational and social information designed to help them understand, analyze and select personal career goals.

The first 250-hour practicum experience occurs in the fall semester and provides students with an opportunity to observe, engage, and apply skills and knowledge competencies for college, career and developmental counseling.

SC 6030G - Research and Leadership in School Counseling + SC 6040G - Practicum II (2 credits)

Students in this class will engage in critical analysis of current research, develop the ability to design, conduct and communicate findings for field based research and use this knowledge to develop effective leadership skills. Students will address legal and ethical considerations in the field. Counselors and educators in this program will establish an understanding of effective leadership and data or evidence based strategies for program improvement.

 

The second 250-hour practicum occurs in the spring semester. During this practicum the student will take responsibility for counseling duties and responsibilities supporting the design, delivery and evaluation of the school counseling program.

ED 582G - Sheltered English Instruction

This course will assist teachers in preparing to effectively design content instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) to achieve academic success as they prepare for their futures in the 21st century global economy. Effective research-based strategies will be practiced and analyzed, and students will have opportunities for feedback and reflection. (students may elect to take another English Language Learner or English as a Second Language course to meet this requirement).

 

Take it to the next level - the graduate level - at Merrimack.