The mission of the School Counseling Program is to help students acquire core competencies, as well as specialized knowledge and skill, necessary to perform effectively as school counselors. Completion of the program will assist graduates in making applications for licensure as a school counselor, national counseling certification, and, with additional course work and experience, licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). The program wishes to recruit students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate character, maturity, scholarship, leadership, church/community involvement, and interest in the counseling profession. Students participating in the School Counseling Program receive training in the theories, models, and techniques of professional counseling with specialized preparation in work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators in the school setting. Students are expected to complete supervised clinical training in approved sites.
The Master of Education in School Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Deadlines for making application for regular admission
June 15 for Fall semester
September 15 for Spring semester
February 15 for Summer session.
Students may apply year round for review and provisional admission by the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education.
Admission to the Program
- All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
- The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field of study as determined by the review committee, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, Dean of the School of Education, or Dean of Graduate Studies. The applicant must present evidence of satisfactory scholarship with a GPA of at least 2.5 on previous undergraduate work.
- The applicant must supply at least two recommendations from academic or professional sources who have observed the applicant from the position of teacher, advisor, or supervisor and who are familiar with the applicant’s character, scholarship, and potential for successful graduate work.
- The applicant or student may transfer up to 12 hours of course work into the program, but any course must be determined equivalent to the course for which it would substitute. The Dean of Graduate Studies determines the transfer and substitution of coursework.
- The applicant or student must have the state minimum scores on the appropriate sections of the PRAXIS series: PPST (Reading 172, Writing 173, Mathematics 172, and PLT 152) or CBT (Reading 316, Writing 318, Mathematics 314) or NTE Core Battery (Communication Skills 651, General Knowledge 646, Professional Knowledge 649).
- The applicant must attend an orientation session during the semester prior to the final determination of admission status.
- Upon successful completion of 12-18 hours of graduate work taken at Mississippi College, a student should apply for admission to candidacy.
Provisional Admission to the Program
The Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education may recommend provisional admission to the program based upon a careful review of an applicant’s transcripts, admission test scores, letters of recommendation, goal statements, and other supporting materials. A personal interview may be conducted to determine the applicant’s motivation and readiness to pursue a career in professional counseling. The Dean of Graduate Studies may modify, replace, or amend regular departmental admission requirements upon recommendation from the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education.
A minimum of 48 semester hours in qualifying, core, and specialized courses for students who hold the Mississippi Class A Educator License. Students who do not have a five year educator license from the Mississippi Office of Educator Licensure will be required to complete a full year internship in order to meet the educational requirements for the Class AA License in Guidance and Counseling. Students should consult the current guidelines for Mississippi Educator Licensure and discuss specific requirements with the Coordinator of the School Counseling Program. Successful completion of the M.Ed. degree in School Counseling also requires regular admission to the program, admission to candidacy, completion of a minimum of 600 hours in internship courses, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exit examination.
Qualifying Courses (18 sem. hrs.)
Common Core Courses (24 sem. hrs.)
Specialized Coursework (6 sem. hrs.)
In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.Ed. in School Counseling must complete a comprehensive exit examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. Students who have satisfied degree requirements and applied for graduation should contact their advisor, program coordinator, or department chair to schedule the comprehensive exit examination.