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.
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School . Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.
Location: On Campus
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.
In both required courses and electives, students are required to become familiar with the special needs and problems of the exceptional child and with methods of assisting youth with special needs.