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DEPARTMENT OF COUNSELOR EDUCATION

(585) 395-2258

Chairperson and Professor: Muhyi Shakoor, PhD, Kent State University; Associate Professor: Jeff Cochran, PhD, Virginia Tech; Thomas J. Hernandez, EdD, University of Rochester; Susan R. Seem, PhD, Pennsylvania State University; Assistant Professors: Patricia Goodspeed, EdD, University of Rochester; Leslie A. McCulloch, PhD, University of Rochester.

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Counselor Education is to educate excellent practitioners of counseling who choose an emphasis for special preparation in the college, community and school setting. The department offers a program that trains counselors for global applications in school, college and community agency settings. In doing so, the department enhances the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors who advance the counseling profession and promote respect for human dignity and diversity. Counselors are individuals with an advanced degree (MSEd, CAS) who apply mental health, psychological or human development principles that address wellness, personal growth, career development and pathology. The master's-level program with its College, Community and School emphases is approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The department also offers a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) leading to permanent New York State School Counselor Certification.

Philosophy and Purposes
This program seeks to prepare excellent counselors who choose an emphasis for special preparation in college, community or school settings. Such counselors possess knowledge of human behavior and social systems, counseling and communication skills, self-awareness, and respect for human dignity and diversity. As a result, they are able to integrate this knowledge, skill and attitude with their personhood. This combined emphasis on skill development, theory and utilization of self produces counselors who function effectively in a variety of mental health settings and who have a positive impact on the individuals, agencies, institutions and/or communities in which they work.

The philosophy of the program emphasizes the personhood of the counselor and utilization of self as the most important instruments in effecting therapeutic and systemic change. Thus, classroom instruction combines experiential (self) and didactic learning to create opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and understanding and utilization of self necessary to effective counselors. Further, the program exposes students to multiple theoretical orientations. Finally, students are expected to learn how to learn by acquiring the skills necessary to continue personal growth and professional development while in the program and after the completion of their formal education.

Program Objectives
Students realize the above statement of purposes and philosophical beliefs through successful achievement of the following objectives. At the completion of the MS in Education-Counseling programs students will be able to:

  1. Understand the relationship between self-awareness and counselor effectiveness, and employ this understanding in the professional practice of counseling.
  2. Provide effective individual counseling.
  3. Provide effective group counseling.
  4. Perform effectively in the general counselor functions identified for the appropriate employment setting.
  5. Effectively address issues and concerns related to a diverse society that arise while functioning as a counselor.
  6. Apply legal and ethical principles in the practice of counseling.
  7. Consult effectively with appropriate personnel and clients.
  8. Address issues of career development in the practice of counseling.
  9. Effectively apply measurement and evaluation concepts within the counseling process.
  10. Apply an understanding of human growth and development from childhood through adult hood to the practice of counseling.
  11. Conduct needs assessment and significant research in the development of counseling projects.
  12. Understand the counseling community, the roles and functions of the professional counselor in a variety of settings, significant professional organizations, and the importance of professional standards and credentialing.

Objectives are achieved through the Master of Science in Education program with three emphases:

  1. Community Counselor Emphasis-prepared to work in community agencies or institutions-48 credits. (CACREP accredited)
  2. School Counselor Emphasis-prepared to work in a K-12 setting; eligible for New York State Provisional School Counselor Certification-48 credits. (CACREP accredited)
  3. College Counselor Emphasis-prepared to work in a two- and four-year postsecondary setting-48 credits. (CACREP accredited)

Beyond the 48-credit program for School Counselors, the department offers a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) that leads to permanent New York State School Counselor Certification, providing the candidate meets the experience requirement. Applicants to this program must possess a New York State School Counselor Provisional Certificate. Students admitted to the CAS program may be given up to 48 credits for courses completed as part of their master's degree, leaving 12 credits to complete in fulfillment of the 60-credit CAS requirement. Students matriculated in a master's degree or a CAS program in the department, who desire provisional or permanent school certification, must contact the Office of Certification at SUNY Brockport, (585) 395-2344.

Admission Requirements and Student Selection
There is no single factor or test score to determine student admission to the Master of Science in Education-Counseling program; however, a bachelor's degree is required. Data used to reach an admissions decision include:

  1. a graduate application with the student's objective for entering the program;
  2. all undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and
  3. three letters of recommendation (from an employer, a professor, and a character reference).

In addition, there is an interview process that involves two steps. First, all applicants who submit a completed application will be invited to an on-campus session at which they will provide written responses to audiotaped client vignettes. Then department faculty review candidates' application materials (numbers 1, 2 and 3 above) and their level of facilitativeness score derived from their responses to the audiotaped client vignettes. Second, selected applicants are invited to a group interview that involves all Counselor Education faculty and approximately eight to 12 applicants. This interview assesses sensitivity, oral /verbal ability, communicative skills (including feedback), self-awareness and interpersonal skills.

After reviewing these data, the Counselor Education faculty discusses all information on each applicant. The decision to accept or reject an applicant lies wholly within the jurisdiction of the department.

Complete applications should be received by September 1 for spring admission and by February 1 for summer or fall admission.

General Program Requirements
A maximum of nine credits will be permitted for transfer to the degree program and only three credits to the CAS. These credits may not be more than five years old.

Credit for courses taken before matriculation may be given if a grade of "B" or better has been earned and if the courses have been taken during the preceding five years. Such retroactive credit should not exceed more than six credits. It is strongly recommended that a student complete only EDC 501, 502 or 503 before matriculation.

No students shall be permitted to enroll in EDC 707, 708 or 709 unless they have successfully completed all of the prerequisites. Any student with an incomplete grade in any of the prerequisite courses must remove the incomplete grade prior to enrolling in EDC 707, 708 or 709.

All required courses and competencies for required courses must be passed at a "B" level or better.

Students who are deemed as not making reasonable progress toward the degree, as defined by published departmental policy, may be dismissed from the program. Any matriculated student who fails to maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in his/her program has one semester in which to raise his/her GPA to 3.0 or be dismissed from the program.

Endorsement Policy
The department will endorse students for appropriate placement based upon the emphasis which they have completed.

Descriptions of Emphases
Please note: future curriculum changes are under consideration for all three emphases. Students should contact the department for the latest information.

Community Counselor Emphasis
The 48-credit Community Counselor emphasis in the Department of Counselor Education leads to an MS in Education-Counseling. The emphasis is designed to prepare competent professional counselors for a community setting. Students must complete the following program:

(Core Courses) Credits
EDC 503 Self in Society: Community Counselor 6
EDC 602 Individual Counseling Concepts* 3
EDC 603 Group Counseling Concepts * 3
EDC 604 Career Development Concepts 3
EDC 605 Measurement and Evaluation Concepts** 3
EDC 612 The Human Experience 3
EDC 614 Contemporary Issues 3
EDI 685 Statistics and Research Design 3
EDC 706 Integration and Application of Basic Concepts 6
  Total: 33
   
(Environmental Emphasis)  
EDC 613 Psychopathology
3
EDC 709 Implementation I: Community Counselor
6
EDC 711 Implementation II: Community Counselor
3
  Total:
12
 
(Elective Area)
Elective by Advisement
3
  Total:
48

*Prerequisite EDC 503 or instructor's permission
**Prerequisite EDI 685

School Counselor Emphasis
School Counselor: MS in Education-Counseling (NYS Provisional School Counseling Certification)

School Counselor: Certificate of Advanced Study (NYS Permanent School Counselor Certification)

The 48-credit School Counselor emphasis leads to an MS in Education-Counseling and New York State Provisional School Counselor Certification. Students must complete the following program:

(Core Courses)
Credits
EDC 501 Self in Society: School Counselor
6
EDC 602 Individual Counseling Concepts *
3
EDC 603 Group Counseling Concepts*
3
EDC 604 Career Development Concepts
3
EDC 605 Measurement and Evaluation Concepts **
3
EDC 612 The Human Experience
3
EDC 614 Contemporary Issues
3
EDI 685 Statistics and Research Design
3
EDC 706 Integration and Basic Concepts
6
  Total:
33
   
(Environmental Emphasis)  
EDI 530 Education and Society***
3
EDC 707 Implementation I: School Counselor
6
EDC 710 Implementation II: School Counselor
3
  Total:
12
 
(Elective Area)
Elective by advisement
3
  Total:
48

*Prerequisite EDC 501 or instructor's permission
**Prerequisite EDI 685
***Individuals who have completed a similar course and have teacher certification or experience may substitute another course which must have advisor approval.

School Counselor Emphasis (CAS)
Credits
MSEd Program
48
EDC 883 Counselor as Systems Consultant
3
EDC 884 Group Theory and Supervised Practice
3
EDC 885 Supervision of Counseling
3
(Elective Area) Elective by advisement
3
  Total:
60


Graduates from SUNY Brockport's Master of Science in Education-School Counseling program, who possess a Certificate of Qualification or a provisional certificate for New York State School Counselor, are eligible for the CAS program. Additionally, applicants who have graduated from other institutions who have a valid New York State School Counselor certificate are encouraged to apply and have their credentials evaluated. Retroactive credit for degrees and/or courses may be given if the degrees and/or courses fit into the current program and if they are similar in content to those courses currently required.

To apply for matriculation into the CAS program, the student must include the following in the self-managed application submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate college work completed.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from individuals competent to comment on the applicant's academic and professionally demonstrated ability.*
  3. Copy of NYS School Provisional Certificate or Certificate of Qualification (if appropriate).

*Graduates of the Department of Counselor Education at SUNY Brockport do not need to complete step 2.

College Counselor Emphasis
Students should complete the following program:
(Core Courses)
Credits
EDC 502 Self in Society: College Counselor
6
EDC 602 Individual Counseling Concepts*
3
EDC 603 Group Counseling Concepts*
3

EDC 604 Career Development Concepts

3
EDC 605 Measurement and Evaluation Concepts **
3
EDC 612 The Human Experience
3
EDC 614 Contemporary Issues
3
EDI 685 Statistics and Research Design
3
EDC 706 Integration and Application of Basic Concepts
6
  Total:
33
   
(Environmental Emphasis)  
EDC 626 Organization and Administration of Higher Education
3
EDC 708 Implementation I: College Counselor
6
EDC 712 Implementation II: College Counselor
3
  Total:
12
 
(Elective Area)
Elective by Advisement
3
  Total:
48

* Prerequisite EDC 502 or instructor's permission
** Prerequisite EDI 685

COUNSELOR EDUCATION COURSES

EDC 501 Self in Society: School Counselor (B). Examines the development of self-understanding and the influences of interpersonal relations in school counseling. Investigates the social, psychological and philosophical foundations of counseling. Introduces students to professional, ethical, theoretical and practical aspects of school counseling. Examines aspects of various academic disciplines pertinent to the development of the counselor, providing a broad base for individual speculations regarding issues in school counseling. 6 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 502 Self in Society: College Counselor (B). Examines the development of self-understanding and influences of interpersonal relations in college personnel services, and investigates the social, psychological and philosophical foundations of counseling. Introduces students to professional, ethical, theoretical and practical aspects of college counseling. Examines various academic disciplines pertinent to the development of the college personnel worker, providing a broad base for individual speculations regarding issues in college personnel work. 6 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 503 Self in Society: Community Counselor (B). Examines the development of self-understanding and influences of interpersonal relations in counseling. Investigates the social, psychological and philosophical foundations of counseling. Introduces students to professional, ethical, theoretical and practical aspects of community counseling. Examines various academic disciplines Counselor Education 95 pertinent to the development of the community counselor, to provide a broad functional base. 6 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 602 Individual Counseling Concepts (B). Prerequisite: one of EDC 501, EDC 502 or EDC 503. Studies the general categories of counseling theories, including rational, learning, psychoanalytic, perceptual-phenomenological and existential approaches. Covers examples of specific theories, including rational-emotive, behavioral, psychoanalytic, person-centered, feminist, Adlerian, Gestalt, transactional analysis and systemic. Discusses theories in terms of background, development, concepts and research. Explores the dynamics and techniques of therapy. Evaluates each theory in terms of its appropriateness to societal groups (i.e. ethnic, socioeconomic, drug, gender, age, disability, etc.). Allows students to examine the theories in terms of their own philosophical thinking and personal orientation so that they may formulate an effective personal counseling theory. 3 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 603 Group Counseling Concepts (B). Prerequisites: EDC 501, EDC 502 or EDC 503. Studies the evolution, rationale, goals and basic dynamics of the individual in group interactions; facilitative and non-facilitative forces in groups; observation of and participation in the group process; initiation, maintenance and termination of groups; and supervision and analysis of small groups. Integrates self-understanding and the understanding of others into an effective style of group leadership. 3 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 604 Career Development Concepts (B). Explores career development theories espoused by authorities such as Holland, Krumboltz, Ginzberg, Super, Tiedeman and others. Undertakes some philosophical issues related to career development as they apply to counseling on an individual or group basis. Helps students to develop their own theory of career development and to understand the dynamics of the information and decisionmaking processes and the counseling process. Prepares students to use their skills in a consultative capacity and to influence curriculum development. 3 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 605 Measurement and Evaluation Concepts in Counseling (B). Prerequisite: EDI 685. Provides students with the necessary measurement and evaluation concepts needed by the counselor. Covers elementary statistics, followed by an indepth study of validity, reliability norms and scores. Explores the study and evaluation of tests of intelligence, achievement, aptitude, interest and personality, and the purposes, administration, selection, evaluation and interpretation of tests and testing programs. Discusses minorities and standardized testing, and the limitations and strengths of intelligence testing. 3 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 612 The Human Experience (B). Provides a broad understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all development levels, including: major theories of personality, physiological development, psychological adjustment, and sociological influences. Incorporates all significant aspects of growth that make up the human experience. 3 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 613 Psychopathology (B). Studies the development of the concept of psychopathology, the evolution of diagnostic terminology, varying applications of diagnosis in the development of treatment plans, and differing perspectives of the use of psychopathology for individuals involved in mental health counseling. Familiarizes students with terminology and its use in diagnosis, and the use of diagnostic models. Uses actual case examples during the course. 3 Cr.

EDC 614 Contemporary Issues (B). Provides current social and personal issues for students who have a basic understanding of the social sciences. Because effective counselors must maintain a sense of contemporariness in the daily implementation of their skills, explores current issues such as human liberation movements, aging, sexuality, drugs, accountability, etc. Entails lectures, class discussions, field trips, guest speakers in class and extraclass projects so that students can combine knowledge from many disciplines with self-understanding and perceptive abilities when focusing on a particular issue. Enables students to operate more effectively when dealing with new and changing social issues based on the application of understandings and methods of analysis used in the course. 3 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 626 Organization and Administration of Higher Education (B). . Examines the organization and administration of higher education. Includes history, growth and functions of higher education; articulation and coordination between secondary education and higher education; and organizational theory. 3 Cr

EDC 690 Marriage and Family Counseling (B). Enhances the student's knowledge and skills in marriage and family counseling. Provides an opportunity for exposure to summary theories in marriage and family therapy and for supervised experiences. 3 Cr. Spring

EDC 695 Child-Centered Play Therapy in School and Agency Settings (B). Covers the history and theoretical background of play therapy, and focuses on the use of Child-Centered Play 96 Counselor Education Therapy (CCPT) as a powerful, effective method for helping children overcome a wide range of behavioral and emotional problems. Employs lecture, discussion, videotapes, and participant role-plays of mock play sessions to help students gain skills necessary to build strong therapeutic relationships with children. 3 Cr.

EDC 706 Integration of Counseling Concepts (B). Prerequisites: EDC 602, EDC 603, 604*, 605*, 612*, 614*; environmental emphasis course of EDI 530* or EDC 613* or EDC 626*; and matriculation and documentation of six individual counseling sessions. Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "B" or No student with an "I" for any previous course in this core will be admitted to 706. *Any one or two of these courses may be taken concurrently with EDC 706. Emphasizes integrating the concepts learned in the preceding courses. Examines the extent to which students can assimilate and internalize individual counseling, measurement and evaluation, group counseling and career development, and apply them in counseling situations. Expects students to demonstrate competence in integrating both the cognitive and affective processes that have been acquired and developed thus far. EDC 706 must be successfully completed before students may take EDC 707, 708 or 709. 6 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 707 Implementation I: School Counselor (B). Prerequisite: EDC 706. Provides for implementation of the skills developed in EDC 706 at designated and approved field sites. Requires students to intern at sites that will permit them to engage in all fundamental counseling tasks; and to work under the supervision of a field supervisor and a counselor education faculty member. Emphasizes practice and evaluation of a personal counseling style, implementing the concepts gained regarding the dynamics of the individual counseling process, self-evaluation techniques and the dynamics of the group counseling process. Requires 20 hours per week throughout an entire semester at an approved school site. Also requires an on-campus seminar. 6 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 708 Implementation I: College Counselor (B). Prerequisite: EDC 706. Provides for implementation of the skills developed in EDC 706 at designated and approved field sites. Permits students to engage in all fundamental counseling tasks as interns on site. Requires interns to work under the supervision of a field supervisor and a counselor education faculty member. Emphasizes practice and evaluation of a personal counseling style, implementing the concepts gained regarding the dynamics of the individual counseling process, self-evaluation techniques and the dynamics of the group counseling process. Requires 20 hours per week throughout an entire semester at an approved higher education site. Also requires an oncampus seminar. 6 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 709 Implementation I: Community Counselor (B). Prerequisite: EDC 706. Provides for implementation of the skills developed in EDC 706 at designated and approved field sites. Permits students to engage in all fundamental counseling tasks as interns on site. Requires interns to work under the supervision of field supervisor and a counselor education faculty member. Emphasizes practice and evaluation of a personal counseling style, implementing the concepts gained regarding the dynamics of the group counseling process. Requires 20 hours per week throughout an entire semester at an approved community site. Also requires an on-campus seminar. 6 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 710 Implementation II: School Counselor (B). Prerequisite: EDC 707. Constitutes the second of the supervised internships required for the school counselor emphasis and is a continuation of EDC 707. Requires expansion of skills and knowledge related to school counseling. Also requires 20 hours per week in the same internship placement served for EDC 707. Focuses on enhancement of individual and group counseling skills, consultation skills, and the role and function of the school counselor. 3 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 711 Implementation II: Community Counselor (B). Prerequisite: EDC 709. Constitutes the second of the supervised internships required for the community counselor emphasis and is a continuation of EDC 709. Requires expansion of skills and knowledge related to community counseling. Also requires 20 hours per week in the same internship placement served for EDC 709. Focuses on enhancement of individual and group counseling skills, role and function of the community counselor. 3 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 712 Implementation II: College Counselor (B). Prerequisite: EDC 708. Constitutes the second of the supervised internships required for the college counselor emphasis and is a continuation of EDC 708. Requires expansion of skills and knowledge related to college counseling. Also requires 20 hours per week in the same internship placement served for EDC 708. Focuses on enhancement of individual and group counseling skills, consultation skills, role and function of the college counselor. 3 Cr. Every Semester

EDC 883 Counselor as Systems Consultant (B). Prerequisites: EDC 707, EDC 708 or EDC 709; EDC 501, EDC 502 or EDC 503; EDC 710, EDC 711 or EDC 712; and permission of instructor. Focuses on developing students' awareness of the system in which they function and strategies that may help them facilitate changes, permitting them to function effectively in their roles. Provides a basic understanding of social systems theories, and the theoretical nature and practice of the consulting role of the counseling professional. 3 Cr. Summer

EDC 884 Group Theories and Supervised Practice (B). Prerequisites: EDC 501, EDC 502 or EDC 503; EDC 707, EDC 708, or EDC 709; EDC 710, EDC 711 or EDC 712; and permission of instructor. Explores selected theories of personal and institutional change via small-group interaction, and simultaneous discussion of practical problems arising in groups. Expects students to form and lead their own groups, and to participate in intensive individual and group supervision. Provides for further development and explication of one's own personal style of group leadership. 3 Cr. Fall

EDC 885 Supervision of Counseling (B). Prerequisites: EDC 501, EDC 502 or EDC 503; EDC 707, EDC 708, or EDC 709; EDC 710, EDC 711 or EDC 712; and permission of instructor. Focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and the practice of counseling supervision. Includes study of various models of supervision within a multicultural context. Requires students to supervise students enrolled in EDC 706 Integration and Basic Concepts, and to demonstrate effective supervision. Requires students to complete a paper that demonstrates an understanding of the theory and practice of counseling supervision. 3 Cr.

The information in this publication was current as of June 2005 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.