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Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling

This degree does not lead to certification by the Alabama State Department of Education. Out-of-state students should check carefully the certification requirements of their respective states.

Program Admission Requirements

Phase I:  Graduate School Admission.

  • Meet the requirements to be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Provide verification of background clearance/fingerprints.

Phase II:  Counseling Program Admissions Portfolio

Candidates must submit a portfolio to the Counselor Education Program for review.  The portfolio affords a candidate to provide valuable information regarding:

  • Relevance of Career Goals
  • Aptitude for Graduate-level study
  • Potential success in forming effective counseling relationships
  • Respect for Cultural differences.
  • Resume including educational background, a record of employment, and volunteer activities.
  • Professional Goals Essay
  • Three completed Recommendation for Admission Forms.

I. Professional Courses: 9 hours

  • CO 506. Life-Span Development and Learning (3)
  • ED 504. Techniques of Educational Research (3)
  • ED 506. Educational Statistics (3)

II. Concentration Courses: 39 hours

  • CO 500. Professional Orientation (3)
  • CO 508. Pre-Practicum in Counseling (3)
  • CO 540. Introduction to School Counseling (3)
  • CO 541. Techniques of Counseling (3)
  • CO 542. Career Development and Counseling (3)
  • CO 543. Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)
  • CO 544. Strategies for Crisis Intervention (3)
  • CO 545. Diagnostic Techniques in Counseling (3)
  • CO 546. Group Counseling (3)
  • CO 547. Counseling Multicultural Populations (3)
  • CO 548. Practicum in School Counseling (3)
  • CO 579. Internship in School Counseling (6)

Total Required: 48 hours


  • This program is also offered online.

Program Completion Requirements

The student shall:

  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better in all courses in the approved program as verified on an official transcript with no grade less than “C.”
  • Make a satisfactory score on a written comprehensive examination (Praxis II) documenting mastery of the curriculum of the program.


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