Program of Study for the Master of Arts in Professional School Counseling
Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; completed Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling questionnaire; interview.
Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Professional School Counseling
Total Required (Minimum 60 Hours)
Required Courses (48 Hours)
Students should pay particular attention to the prerequisites listed in each course description; the curriculum is carefully structured to ensure that students have the necessary prerequisite knowledge before enrolling in courses.
8 hours of approved graduate electives; specific elective courses chosen for this concentration must be approved by the graduate advisor in advance
12 hours of approved graduate electives; specific elective courses chosen for this concentration must be approved by the graduate advisor in advance
Other Requirements for the MA in Professional School Counseling
Proficiency: Not required
Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
Comprehensive: Required; students should take the required courses (excluding the Internship) prior to taking the comprehensive exam.
Product of Learning: Not required
Completion of the above program leads to eligibility for licensure in North Carolina on the condition that minimum PRAXIS test requirements are met.
Endorsement for professional school counseling licensure from Appalachian requires that applicants complete a master’s degree program in professional school counseling. Applicants with a master’s degree in fields other than professional school counseling must complete a second master’s degree after following the regular admissions process through the Graduate School. Graduates from another HPC Master’s degree program will be considered on an individual basis.
Internship: The internship (HPC 6900) is designed to be a full-time experience engaging in all of the activities of a counselor in a public school. These placements are arranged through consultation with the student’s advisor. Part-time students already employed as school counselors may, with permission, complete their internship within the context of their job setting.
Students will need to receive clearance on a criminal background check and have a TB test prior to beginning practicum and internship placements.