Girard School of Business

Curriculum

Aligned with the American School of Counselors Association National Model, our program curriculum emphasizes diversity, community and humanity through innovative, relevant content.

You’ll complete three clusters of progressive courses, covering content designated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, to build a foundation of theoretical understanding. Throughout the program, you will concurrently engage in 75 hours of pre-practicum and a full-year, 500-hour practicum to gain experience you can put into practice.

Program Format

Courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate students who work or intern during the day. By choosing from our full- or part-time schedules, you can complete your degree at a pace that works for you:

  • Full-time students can complete our program in two years. This option is ideal for human development or social service professionals, or career changers who wish to work in school environments.
  • Part-time students can complete our program in three or more years. This option is designed for current teachers or social workers, or master’s degree holders who need course or field work for a school guidance license.

In our dynamic program, you’ll complete:

  • 44 credit hours of classroom-based learning
  • 575 hours of required practicum experiences (4 credit hours)
  • A professional portfolio for presentation

Courses

EDU 5000 Critical Issues in Education - 4 credits

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.

SCC 5010 Foundations of School Counseling - 4 credits

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.

SCC 5020 Culture and Diversity in Counseling - 4 credits

 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.

SCC 5030 Advanced Psychology of Learning and Assessment - 4 credits

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.

SCC 5100 Counseling Theory - 4 credits

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.

MSW 5020 Contemporary Issues in Social Work - 4 credits

In this course, students study current policies and services relevant
to practice with children, adolescents and families. Applies social justice framework to understanding policy context and organization of services responses to child and family inequalities, especially for historically oppressed and marginalized populations. Emphasis on securing services and resources for families in Massachusetts.

SCC 5130 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.

SCC 5040 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.

SCC 6000 Mental Health Assessment and Interventions in Schools - 4 credits + SCC 6520 - Practicum I - 2 credits

This advanced course explores and applies theories of human development related to the mental wellness and social/emotional growth of youth. The key emphasis of this course is on the school counselors’ role in assessment, identification, and interventions related to mental health and substance use concerns. Students will examine current research and best practices in the field and create individual and group interventions tailored to school settings. In addition, participants will learn about prevention of abusive and violent behaviors in preK-12 students and promote intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. 

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.

SCC 6010 Career and College Counseling and Development - 4 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.

SCC 6030 Research and Leadership in School Counseling - 4 credits + SCC 6530 - 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.

Upon successful completion, you will emerge with the tools you need to help today’s youth navigate 21st century challenges—and ready to embark on a rewarding career as a school counselor.

School Social Work/Adjustment Counseling

Students can complete the required courses toward licensure in School Social Work/Adjustment Counseling as part of the School Counseling program, or in addition to the 48-credit M.Ed. as a third-year option.

  • CRM 6230 - Juvenile Justice and the Legal Rights of Children (4 cr)
  • HDE 5011 - Mental Health First Aid (Youth) (2 cr)
  • SCC 6055 - Advanced Seminar in Youth Counseling and Services (2 cr)
  • SCC 6060 - Trauma Informed Counseling in Schools (4 cr)
  • SCC 6560 - School Adjustment Counseling Practicum I (2 cr)
  • SCC 6570 - School Adjustment Counseling Practicum II (2 cr)

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