Master of Education - Counseling & Human Development
ME - Program Requirements
Jeffrey J. Crane, Ph.D., Interim Dean, School of Professional Counseling
Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Room 223
(270) 384-8160 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Brooks, Ph.D., Interim Director, Counseling & Human Development
Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Online Office
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School of Professional Counseling Mission Statement
The mission of the School of Professional Counseling (SPC) is to address the diverse academic and community needs of Appalachia and other regions through dedication to academic excellence and professional integrity where students obtain a solid professional knowledge and skills base.
Counseling & Human Development Program Mission Statement
The mission of the counseling & human development (CHD) program is to provide a practitioner-based, community-centered, student-focused mental health preparation program hallmarked by academic integrity, professional competence, and sound ethical principles.
The School of Professional Counseling offers programs on the A.P. White Campus in Columbia, in an online format, and in a community-based format in collaboration with community colleges in Kentucky and surrounding states where students attend a local campus. The bachelor’s and master’s degrees are offered at these locations, allowing associate degree graduates to earn these higher-level degrees through the Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling.
The School of Professional Counseling programs are approved to be offered in the following locations: Ashland, Ky., at Ashland Community & Technical College; Big Stone Gap, Va., at Mountain Empire Community College; Cincinnati, Ohio, at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College; Cumberland, Ky., at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College; Elizabethtown, Ky., at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College; Gallatin, Tenn., at Volunteer State Community College; Hazard, Ky., at Hazard Community & Technical College; Hillsboro, Ohio, at Southern State Community College; Logan, W.Va., at Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College; London, Ky., and Somerset, Ky., at Somerset Community College; Louisville, Ky., at Jefferson Community & Technical College; Maysville, Ky., at Maysville Community & Technical College; Prestonsburg, Ky., at Big Sandy Community & Technical College; Radcliff, Ky., at the Regional Education Center; Cedar Bluff, Va., at Southwest Virginia Community College; Scottsville, Ky., at the Scottsville campus of Lindsey Wilson College; and Wytheville, Va., at the Wytheville Community College.
Master of Education
The M.Ed. in counseling & human development, with specialization in mental health counseling, is an application-oriented experience designed to enhance the skills of bachelor-level practitioners presently employed or planning a professional career in counseling. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP grants accredited status to graduate-level programs in the professional counseling field. In most circumstances, graduates also are immediately eligible for provisional or temporary licensure in the state where they received coursework.
Employment opportunities for licensed professional clinical counselors are diverse and abundant. In addition to private practice settings, possible employment opportunities for graduates of the program include city and state human services departments, community mental health centers, correctional departments, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, residential foster care agencies, hospice programs, the military, counseling agencies, psychiatric hospitals, rape crisis centers, and vocational services.
This degree does not lead to P-12 school counselor certification.
The Master of Education in counseling & human development, with specialization in mental health counseling, requires a minimum of 60 semester hours and participation in a non-credit group experience of not less than ten hours facilitated by the program. Requirements include 30 hours from nine core areas (human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and program evaluation, professional orientation, and abnormal), nine hours of clinical instruction, and an additional 21 hours of specialty requirements in mental health counseling.
A. Core Curriculum: 30 hours
- Personal Growth & Development Group (CHD 5000) – non-credit
- Lifecycle Development in Individuals & Families (CHD 5003) – 3 hours
- Multicultural Counseling (CHD 5013) – 3 hours
- Counseling Theories & Techniques: Affective/Humanistic (CHD 5023) – 3 hours
- Counseling Theories & Techniques: Cognitive/Behavioral (CHD 5033) – 3 hours
- Group Counseling Techniques (CHD 5043) – 3 hours
- Career Education Counseling (CHD 5053) – 3 hours
- Individual & Group Assessment (CHD 5063) – 3 hours
- Psychopathology (CHD 5073) – 3 hours
- Research Methods (CHD 5083) – 3 hours
- Professional Issues & Ethics (CHD 5093) – 3 hours
B. Clinical Instruction: 9 hours
- Practicum: 150 hours (CHD 6003) – 3 hours
- Internship: 300 hours (CHD 6013) – 3 hours
- Internship: 300 hours (CHD 6013) – 3 hours
TOTAL HOURS, CORE AND CLINICAL: 39 credit hours
C. Specialization in Mental Health Counseling: 21-22 hours
Although a significant emphasis in the core curriculum is the development of a mental health counseling knowledge and skill base, the following specialty coursework and clinical experiences are designed to provide specialized expertise in the area of clinical mental health counseling.
In addition to the 39 hours of core and clinical experiences above, each student who specializes in mental health counseling must complete the following coursework within the specialty area. This coursework provides an introduction to clinical mental health counseling, contextual dimensions, knowledge and skills for the practice of mental health counseling, and clinical instruction.
- Diagnosis of Mental & Emotional Disorders (CHD 6023) – 3 hours
- Evaluation of Mental & Emotional Status (CHD 6033) – 3 hours
- Theories of Addiction & Pharmacology (CHD 6173) – 3 hours
- Treatment of Mental & Emotional Disorders (CHD 6203) – 3 hours
- Mental Health Administration, Supervision & Consultation (CHD 6513) – 3 hours
- Systemic Family Therapy (CHD 6613) – 3 hours
- Choose one course from the following:
- Play Therapy (CHD 6253) – 3 hours
- Adolescent Intervention (CHD 6283) – 3 hours
The master’s program has the same academic policies and standards as the undergraduate program except where specifically stated. All degree requirements must be completed within seven years of initial acceptance into the program. Graduation from the Master of Education in counseling & human development degree program requires:
- A cumulative quality point average of 3.00 or higher;
- Completion of a program evaluation survey;
- Filing an Application for Graduation form with the Registrar’s Office following the specific guidelines set forth in this catalog;
- Recommendation of the graduate faculty; and
- Completion of the Comprehensive Professional Counseling Examination (CPCE).
Program Application Procedure
Applicants to the Counseling & Human Development program will need to:
1. Complete the Graduate School Application for Admission form, which must be submitted online, with non-refundable fees of USD 35.00 to the appropriate administrative assistant serving the community campus, site, or format;
2. Send an official undergraduate transcript showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university to the Lindsey Wilson College Registrar’s Office;
3. Send three letters of recommendation to the appropriate administrative assistant; and
4. Successfully complete an interview.
Once the materials for applications are received and a successful interview completed, the student may register for classes.
Classification of Applications
All applicants admitted to the master’s program in counseling & human development are admitted on conditional basis. The status is reviewed by the Regional Admissions Committee at the end of the candidate’s first semester to consider each student’s unconditional acceptance into the program.
A change in status from conditional to unconditional must be accompanied by a successful student review and subsequent recommendation by the Regional Admissions Committee.
Note: Admissions decisions are based on academic performance and personal characteristics/ dispositions as reflected in the Graduate Student Review and Recommendation process. Students who receive scores of “Pass” will be granted unconditional admission status. A student who receives one or two “No Pass” scores will meet with the resident faculty supervisor to discuss and formulate a remediation plan. A student who receives three or more “No Pass” scores will meet with the Regional Admissions Committee to plan required remediation or discuss alternatives to the program.
Upon application, non-degree admission may be granted to those who wish to enroll in courses but who do not intend to pursue a degree. Such coursework may aid in completing certification requirements, enriching professional development, or similar objectives.
Non-degree seeking applicants to the counseling & human development program will need to:
1. Complete the Graduate School Application for Admission form, which must be submitted online, with non-refundable fee of USD 35.00 to the appropriate administrative assistant serving the community campus, site, or format;
2. Send an official undergraduate transcript showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university to the Lindsey Wilson College Registrar’s Office; and
3. Successfully complete an interview with members of the Regional Admissions Committee, if requested.
If a student who is enrolled in the non-degree category subsequently wishes to seek a degree, he or she must make application to the program requesting a change in status and must meet all criteria for admission. If approved, a student may carry forward no more than 12 hours of credit earned as a non-degree student.
Transfer of Credit
All master’s students who wish to transfer graduate credit from other institutions to be applied to Lindsey Wilson College’s counseling & human development degree should be aware of the following criteria:
- Transfer credit must carry a grade of A or B and must be earned at the graduate level.
- Transfer credit must be consistent with the program’s curriculum, which comprises the required CHD program structure.
- Normally no more than 15 credit hours may be transferred into the CHD program. Exceptions must be approved by the director of the counseling & human development program.
- The director of the counseling & human development program reviews all requests for transfer credit.
- In cases where a graduate degree has been earned in a related field from a regionally accredited college or university, the graduate faculty may accept credit earned, provided these courses satisfy requirements of the program to which the student is applying. The CHD Admissions Committee may require a student to retake any course in an area where there are questions regarding the content of the curriculum or the student’s competence in a given area.
Graduate Credit without the Bachelor’s Degree
The following criteria apply to those students who wish to enroll in master’s coursework but who have not earned a bachelor’s degree:
- Undergraduates must have senior status;
- They must have a cumulative quality point average of at least 3.00; and
- They must have the permission of the director.
No coursework applied toward undergraduate graduation requirements may be counted toward requirements for a graduate degree. A maximum of nine graduate credit hours may be taken by an undergraduate.
International students applying to a graduate program must provide proof of English proficiency based on:
- TOEFL minimum score:
- Internet-based (iBT): 79 composite with 21 writing and 19 reading,
- Paper-based: 550, or
- Revised Paper-delivered: 21 writing and 19 reading;
- IELTS minimum composite score of 6.5;
- English is the student’s native language; or
- Student completed undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited U.S. institution.
The CHD graduate assistant (GA) placement is designed as a learning milieu for the master’s student while assisting faculty. Each assistantship requires 25 hours per week. Contact the director of the counseling & human development program or the community campus coordinator for more information.
The duties of the CHD GA will vary. CHD GAs at community campus locations work closely with campus coordinators, faculty supervisors, and the director of the counseling & human development program. An additional responsibility of the CHD GAs at the community campuses is to facilitate the operation of the Counseling Skills Lab.
Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling
The graduate certificate in substance abuse counseling provides students the opportunity for additional knowledge and skills in substance abuse counseling. The certificate program admits students and practitioners who are either currently enrolled in a graduate degree program or who already have an appropriate master’s degree. The certificate may contribute toward the educational requirements as required by state boards for credentialing as a substance abuse counselor.
Curriculum: 13 hours
- Theories of Addiction & Pharmacology (CHD 6173) – 3 hours
- Counseling Procedures & Strategies, Legal Issues & Prevention Strategies with Addicted Populations (CHD 6174) – 4 hours
- Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment of Addiction (CHD 6183) – 3 hours
- Relationship Counseling, Group Process & Techniques with Addicted Populations (CHD 6193) – 3 hours
CHD 6013 Internship
Students who seek the certificate in substance abuse counseling concurrently with their master’s degree in counseling & human development should seek one internship placement where substance abuse counseling can be practiced. Supervision must be provided by a person who satisfies all the requirements for an onsite supervisor of a clinical mental health graduate student in addition to at least two years of post-master’s degree experience in the field of substance abuse counseling.
This program has been designed to contribute toward the educational requirements for certification and/or licensure in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Students are responsible for understanding all requirements in the states through which they are seeking certification and/or licensure and for verifying the current requirements in addition to remaining up-to-date on any changes taking place at the state level. Students are responsible for working with their state board toward identifying all requirements and applying for the appropriate credential.
The following items are required to apply for the certificate in substance abuse counseling for those not already enrolled in the CHD mental health counseling master’s degree program at Lindsey Wilson College:
- A completed application to the substance abuse counseling certificate program; and
- At least three evaluations from person familiar with the applicant’s personal and professional qualifications.
The award of the certificate in substance abuse counseling requires:
- A cumulative quality point average of 3.00 or higher for the certificate courses; and
- Filing of an Application for the Certification Completion form with the Registrar’s Office following the specific guidelines set forth in this catalog (see Residency and Graduation Requirements).