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School Counseling

School Counseling Curriculum

The School Counseling program is a 48-credit hour program operating on a three-year cycle. Learn more about the curriculum and licensure requirements below.

Curriculum

Note: With the exceptions of Practicum (ED 712) and Internship (ED 722), courses are offered only once a year

 
Year One
Year Two
Year Three
Fall
ED 553: Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues ED 672: Advanced Counseling Theory and Technique ED 722: Internship - Phase I
(collect portfolio data)
  ED 575: Human Growth and Development ED 577: Group Counseling   OR
ED 712: Practicum
ED 671: Administration of Counseling & Guidance Services
   

ED 501: Assisting Grieving Children

*This 1-hour workshop needs to be taken prior to completing required facilitation
at Brooke’s Place(12 sessions over 6 months). Workshop is offered three times per
year and taken at a time of student’s choosing in consultation with advisor).

 
Spring
ED 630: Valuing Diversity and Similarity ED XXX (TBD): Crisis & Trauma in Schools

ED 722: Internship – Phase II

(collect portfolio data)

 

ED 572: Fundamental Counseling Theory and Technique

ED 577: Group Counseling   OR
ED 712: Practicum

ED 673: Seminar, Research in Counseling
   

ED 501: Postsecondary Planning for School Counselors

*This 1-hour workshop is required for graduation and can be taken in any
fall or spring semester during the program

National Counselor Exam (NCE): Optional
 

YEAR ONE REVIEW

Grades & Dispositions

Department Exam: 553, 575, 630

YEAR TWO REVIEW

Grades & Dispositions

Clinical Assessment (review of counseling skills via tape review by faculty
following completion of Practicum)

YEAR THREE REVIEW

Grades & Dispositions

Portfolio

Department Exam: 547, 571, 577, 672, 673

Summer

ED 571: Career and Life Planning

Take courses not completed previous summer

 
  ED 547: Appraisal    
 

ED 676: Leadership, Advocacy, & Consultation
in Counseling

   

NOTE: 1-hour of elective credit is required for graduation & must be approved by advisor.  Can be taken at any point during program.

Workshop Information

In addition to the 15 required courses (3-semester hours each), students are required to take 3-semester hours of workshop credit, 2 of which are required and 1 of which is an elective of your choice. Workshops begin with “ED 501” and are registered for through my.butler.edu like regular courses. 

Required workshops:

  • Assisting Grieving Children & Families
    • offered fall, spring, and summer
    • typically taken during year 2
    • facilitation of grief groups begins at Brooke’s Place shortly after completion of workshop
    • students must facilitate 12 groups at Brooke’s Place—every other week over the course of 6 months
    • group facilitation hours count towards Practicum or Internship requirement (whichever you are enrolled in at the time)
  • Postsecondary Planning for School Counselors
    • offered fall and spring
    • can be taken during any year in the program

Elective workshop:
In addition to the required workshops, students must choose one elective workshops in consultation with their advisor. A variety of workshops are offered each semester. A list can typically be found a few weeks in advance of each semester at: http://www.butler.edu/coe/workshops/overview/

Fast-Track Option

The fast-track option is designed to assist students wishing to complete their program in less than three years. This option:

  • is limited to 10 members of each 24-member cohort.
  • involves taking heavy course loads during the summer after year one and both semesters of year two.  Students must also attend classes on multiple evenings during year two.  
  • is particularly well-suited for students who are not employed full-time.

Those who are employed full-time or juggling heavy responsibilities at home or work will find this option challenging and, most likely, quite stressful. Students interested in the fast-track must consult with their faculty advisor and apply for this option during their first year in the program.  Program faculty make the final decision on each fast-track request.  

 
Year One
Year Two
Fall

ED 553: Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues

ED 712: Practicum (followed by clinical assessment of counseling skill via tape review by faculty)
 

ED 575: Human Growth and Development

ED 672: Advanced Counseling Theory and Technique
    ED 671: Administration of Counseling & Guidance Services
*taken on year 3 class evening
   

ED 501: Assisting Grieving Children
*If not completed in summer

Spring
ED 630: Valuing Diversity and Similarity ED 577: Group Counseling
 

ED 572: Fundamental Counseling Theory and Technique

ED XXX (TBD): Crisis & Trauma in Schools

 

ED 501: Postsecondary Planning for School Counselors

*This 1-hour workshop is required for graduation and can be taken
in any fall or spring semester during the program

ED 673: Seminar: Research in Counseling (*taken on year 3 class evening)
    ED 722: Internship – Phase I (collect portfolio data)
*taken on year 3 class evening
   

ED 501: Postsecondary Planning for School Counselors
*If not previously completed

   

National Counselor Exam (NCE): Optional

 

YEAR ONE REVIEW

Grades & Dispositions

Department Exam: 553, 575, 630

YEAR TWO REVIEW

Grades & Dispositions

Department Exam: 547, 571, 577, 672, 673

Summer

ED 571: Career and Life Planning

ED 722: Internship – Phase II

Note: Hours logged until student reaches 600 total

Portfolio review before July 1

 

ED 547: Appraisal

 
 

ED 676: Leadership, Advocacy, & Consultation in Counseling

 
 

ED 501: Assisting Grieving Children

*This 1-hour workshop needs to be taken prior to completing
required facilitation at Brooke’s Place (12 sessions over 6 months).
Workshop is offered three times per year and taken at a time of
student’s choosing in consultation with advisor.

 

NOTE: 1-hour of elective credit is required for graduation & must be approved by advisor.  Can be taken at any point during program.

Workshop Information

In addition to the 15 required courses (3-semester hours each), students are required to take 3-semester hours of workshop credit, 2 of which are required and 1 of which is an elective of your choice. Workshops begin with “ED 501” and are registered for through my.butler.edu like regular courses. 

Required workshops:

  • Assisting Grieving Children & Families
    • offered fall, spring, and summer
    • typically taken during year 2
    • facilitation of grief groups begins at Brooke’s Place shortly after completion of workshop
    • students must facilitate 12 groups at Brooke’s Place—every other week over the course of 6 months
    • group facilitation hours count towards Practicum or Internship requirement (whichever you are enrolled in at the time)
  • Postsecondary Planning for School Counselors
    • offered fall and spring
    • can be taken during any year in the program

Elective workshop:

In addition to the required workshops, students must choose one elective workshops in consultation with their advisor. A variety of workshops are offered each semester. A list can typically be found a few weeks in advance of each semester at: http://www.butler.edu/coe/workshops/overview/

CPR, Heimlich, AED, Suicide Prevention Requirement

Applicants who receive an ‘initial’ Indiana counselor’s license must have successfully completed training in:

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that includes a test demonstration on a mannequin.
  • AED
  • Removing a foreign body causing an obstruction in an airway and Heimlich
  • Suicide awareness/prevention

A copy of your CPR/Heimlich/AED certification and a certificate verifying your successful completion of a suicide awareness/prevention module are required for original licensure.

Please be sure to visit an approved provider.

Indiana Licensure

In order to obtain Butler University's institutional recommendation for the Indiana Professional Standards Board initial practitioner license as a School Counselor, one must complete the 48-hour Master of Science in School Counseling program, as well as meet other exit requirements.

Note: Neither teaching experience nor a teaching license is a requirement for obtaining a school counselor license in the State of Indiana.

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