Masters of Education in School Counseling at Our Lady of the Lake University
Discover classes that help you enable students with challenges.
Our Lady of the Lake University’s online Master of Education in School Counseling is designed for professional educators who want to go beyond leading a classroom to enabling students to reach their full potential. The program immerses you in the industry’s best practices, and the topics taught are designed for real-world application. They include key principles of human growth, therapeutic techniques, and ethical decision-making in the counseling context. Explore counseling theories and methodology behind the treatment of students’ behavioral problems.
Apply these real-world concepts in a multitude of educational settings including clinical environments, group counseling and child and adolescent interventions. Students will learn psychological development from birth through maturity, research methods and procedures, the manifestation of mental disorders and career development theories. The Master of Education in School Counseling program also includes field experience in a chosen educational setting and a seminar on trends in professional counseling.
Professionals can apply their education in a classroom setting and enjoy helping young minds to be productive and successful individuals. These schools counselors are hands-on in getting students on the right path to success. School counselors work as a team with administrators and families to provide solutions for issues with school or home life those students might be facing. They serve as key role models for students throughout their academic careers.
School counselors will learn:
- How to deal with cultural issues
- Different methods for psychological counseling
- Group counseling dynamics
- Career development principles
- How to prepare students for interviews and crucial exams
Towards the end of the program, students get to apply their education in real-life academic environments.
Upon completion of the program, you’ll become a certified school counselor and pass the TExES (Texas Examinations for Educator Standards) School Counseling Exam*, of which OLLU past graduates boast a 100 percent first time pass rate.
The 60-credit online M.Ed. degree program can be completed in ten semesters, as long as the recommended schedule is followed. Students will take six hours per semester (two classes).
School Counselor Course Descriptions:
COUN 8356Multicultural Issues in Counseling
Develop knowledge, skills, and approaches for effective cross-cultural counseling concerning characteristics such as culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, and religious preference. Significant attention is given to developing self-awareness of values, attitudes, and beliefs as they relate to counseling in a diverse society.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 6360Research Methods and Procedures
Study statistics, analysis of research design and methodology, use of library resources and evaluation of current literature; completion of a research project required. This course must be taken during first nine semester hours of program.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 7335Psychological Development Across the Lifespan
This course presents major theoretical principles of human growth and development from birth through maturity. Learn to integrate your knowledge of human development with the particular needs of vulnerable populations, and explore the relationship of these needs to current social agency, educational, or therapeutic practices.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 8302Counseling Theories, Methods and Techniques
Examine current approaches in psychological counseling; key concepts, therapeutic techniques and applications of theories, basic ethical and personal issues in the counseling context.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 8312Group Dynamics in Counseling and Therapy
Creating and conducting group counseling is shown to be a cost-effective and efficient way to deliver services, and can be a valuable resource for counselors in all settings. Groups can address a multitude of issues across diverse populations. In this course, you will be introduced to the art and practice of delivering services through a group format.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 8355Child and Adolescent Counseling
A child’s learning process is as fascinating as it is complex. In this class you’ll gain insight into the living and learning environments of children and adolescents in the United States. You’ll learn to assess and promote psychological health in children, anticipate and respond to developmental issues and how to effectively intervene when necessary. You’ll also evaluate the efficacy of a number of psychological theories and interventions appropriate for use with this population.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 6330Career Awareness, Exploration, and Development
Study the interrelationships among lifestyle, workplace, and career planning. Other topics include career development theories; occupational, educational, and personal/social information sources and delivery systems; career assessment and development programs are studied. Includes a personal career assessment battery.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 6351Guidance and Counseling Services
Explore the philosophy, objectives and programs for guidance and counseling services in educational settings. Study the role of counselor, current issues and problems and referral sources. Coursework includes a copy of the Comprehensive Guidance Program for Texas Public Schools.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 8310Ethical Issues in School and Professional Counseling
Explore current ethical codes for school counselors and private practitioners, various models of ethical decision-making, landmark legal cases and maintaining counselor vitality.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 8352Pre-practicum Counseling Lab: Basic Interview Skills
Counseling can take many forms, with just as many outcomes. In this course, you’ll explore approaches to systematic and individual interviewing. Special attention is given to the beginning stages of therapy and to common presenting concerns. You’ll also begin your laboratory preparation to begin your practicum.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 6325Assessment and Appraisal
Introduction to measurement theory including standardization of test administration and scoring procedures, assessment of test reliability and validity, and establishment of test norm. Review of commonly used individual and group administered instruments that measure attitudes, aptitudes, achievements, interests, and personal characteristics. Emphasis on cultural considerations in techniques of administering, scoring, and interpreting psychological tests.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 7337Diagnosis in Counseling
Study the analysis, etiology, diagnosis and appropriate treatment of mental disorder classifications based on the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Explore the implications of mental disorders for women, children and minorities. The administration of mental status exams is also covered.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 8380Practicum: School Counseling 1
You’ve gained valuable knowledge in your courses as a counselor-in-training. Now it’s time to put it to work in a real-world setting. This course is designed to expose you to the school environment and give you the opportunity to develop the necessary skills and attributes to become a fully competent certified school counselor.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 8381School Counseling: Practicum II
This course is a continuation of COUN 8380. Students must demonstrate competence with elementary, middle school and high school students or with individuals served by a community agency or a career resource center. Requires a minimum of 150 hours.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 6323Seminar in Counselor Education
School counseling requires you to be up to date on the events that are affecting your clients’ lives and new strategies that are being developed to address them. This course is taught as a seminar, providing a forum for you to explore and discuss current issues, trends and research in professional guidance and counseling. The course focuses on curriculum development for classroom guidance lessons, a review of counselors’ responsibilities, counseling in individual and small group settings and special client populations as they relate to the school setting.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 6315Professional Orientation
Includes the histories of school and professional counseling, governing bodies in Texas, ethical and legal standards, supervision, professional organizations, licensure and certification, specializations, advocacy, program evaluation, and current and developing trends in school and mental health counseling.Learn More About This Course »
COUN 8370Theory and Practice of Couple and Family Counseling
Theoretical foundation of and skill development for counseling couples and families. Review of key concepts, techniques, and the therapeutic process. Emphasis on strengths-based approaches with culturally diverse families and couples. Prerequisites: COUN 8302, 8352Learn More About This Course »
COUN 8360Addictions Issues in Counseling
Examination of how addictive behaviors affect individuals, couples, families, and society. Conceptualization of addiction from contextual, cultural, and relational perspectives. Introduction to Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and other evidence based practices. Prerequisites: COUN 8302, 8312, 8352Learn More About This Course »
COUN 8365Trauma, Crisis, and Grief Counseling
Review of interventions and strategies when working with individuals, couples, and families who are in crisis or have experienced loss or trauma. Prerequisites: COUN 8302, 8352Learn More About This Course »