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Master of Arts Psychological Counseling

Undergraduate Preparation

Undergraduate preparation for the Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling includes nine semester hours in psychology or other course work deemed acceptable by the program coordinator. Six of the nine hours must be completed prior to enrollment in any graduate classes and all prerequisites must be completed within the first semester of enrollment in graduate classes.

Master’s Comprehensive Examination/Portfolio

During the final semester or session, candidates for the M.Ed. or the M.A. degree must take a written comprehensive examination and/or submit a comprehensive portfolio. The comprehensive examination for the degree in administration and supervision requires both essay and objective responses. Candidates for the M.Ed. in Early Childhood, Elementary, High Incidence Disabilities, Secondary Education, and Reading must complete a comprehensive portfolio. Candidates for the M.Ed. in counselor education and the M.A. degree must take comprehensive examinations either in the fall or spring semester. Those students who have finished all course work except for supervised practica may, with the consent of their major professor and program chair, complete the comprehensive examination at the end of the semester (fall or spring) in which that course work is completed. If the student’s performance on the written examination is unsatisfactory, the student, at the committee’s discretion, may be permitted to take an oral examination or be required to retake the entire or failed portion(s) of the examination at the next or a later regularly scheduled administration of the examination. A candidate must register for EDFR 594 or 595, GUID 595, or PSYC 595 at the beginning of the semester or session in which the examination is to be taken or the portfolio is to be submitted. No special examinations will be given. No candidate will be permitted a third examination.

Graduate Course Work

Forty-eight-hour emphasis for those who seek employment in human service delivery systems or for those interested in pursuing licensure. Note that licensure in Louisiana (and most states) requires completion of additional post-graduate supervised counseling experience and a passing grade on a National Counselor Exam.

Required Courses:

  • -  PSYC 500 (3)- Basic Facilitative Skills
    –  PSYC 504 (3)- Abnormal Psychology
    –  GUID 505 (3)- Analysis of the Individual
    –  PSYC 507 (3)-Statistical Analysis and Research Methods
    –  PSYC 510 (3)- Theory and Procedure in Group Counseling
    –  PSYC 511 (3)- Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
    –  PSYC 519 (3)-Advanced Lifespan Developmental Psychology
    –  PSYC 534 (3)-Substance Abuse Counseling
    –  PSYC 541 (3)- Cross Cultural Counseling
    –  GUID 522 (3)- Career and Lifestyle Development
    –  PSYC 520 (3)- Psychological Counseling Practicum I
    –  PSYC 521 (3)- Psychological Counseling Practicum II
    –  PSYC 526 (3)-Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
    –  PSYC 549 (3)-Professional Issues and Ethics in Counseling
    –  PSYC 599 (6)- Psychological Counseling Externship
    –  PSYC 595 (0)- Master’s Comprehensive Examination

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