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Master of Education in School Counseling

The faculty and staff of the Delta State University Counselor Education Program through teaching, training, supervision, and experiential activity develop ethical, competent, and culturally sensitive counselors who are prepared to work in school or community settings. Program faculty seek to strengthen the profession by modeling for students the professional expectation of continued growth and learning, interpersonal awareness, and practical application of sound principles and practices in their work as professional counselors. (Adopted by Counselor Education faculty: 1/21/04, Reviewed: Fall 2011)

Candidates for the program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Minimum 2.75 GPA (cumulative) or 3.0 on last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  2. Official report of a test score, within the last 5 years, on one of the following tests:
    1. Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
      • Minimum raw score: 30
      • Minimum scaled score: 380
    2. Graduate Records Examination (GRE)
      • Minimum score: 286 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections
    3. Praxis Core
      • Minimum score: 150
  3. Application Deadlines:
    1. April 25th for Fall admission
    2. November 15th for Spring admission
  4. Typed essay that reflects the applicant’s rationale for pursuing a career in counseling and demonstrates an awareness of the following characteristics that are necessary for becoming an effective counselor:
    1. Ability to work well with others in a caring and authentic manner
    2. Awareness of cultural issues and of being non-judgmental
    3. Possession of integrity and ethical conduct
    4. Commitment to professional development
  5. The essay (rubric in Appendix) is divided into 5 basic sections, each one designed so that the first few words of each segment are provided to get you started in the correct direction. Complete each segment (typewritten) until you are confident that you have provided clear and comprehensive responses.
  • Item 1: My rationale for pursuing a career in counseling is best expressed as follows…
  • Item 2: My ability to work well with others in a caring and authentic manner is best expressed and demonstrated by…
  • Item 3: My awareness of cultural issues, and of the necessity of being non-judgmental, is best expressed and demonstrated by…
  • Item 4: My possession of integrity and ethical conduct is best expressed and demonstrated by…
  • Item 5: My commitment to professional development is best expressed and demonstrated by…
  1. Three recommendation forms (Relatives may not complete the recommendations)
    1. One completed by a work supervisor or someone familiar with the applicant’s work performance and ethics;
    2. One completed by a faculty member from the applicant’s most recent academic program of study;
    3. The third completed by anyone who can attest to the applicant’s ability and/or character.
  2. Group Interviews with faculty

The program is 60 semester hours and prepares students in the practice of Professional Counseling. It provides academic preparation for the Mississippi School Counselor Assessment Inventory (MSCAI), AA certification in School Counseling through the MS Department of Education, licensure (LPC), and other national certifications (NCC & NCSC).

Please visit the financial aid web page for tuition assistance and scholarship information. The current Graduate Academic Catalog has additional information on admission, degree requirements, programs of study, and more.

 

Students are responsible for making sure they have met all graduation requirements. Students must familiarize themselves with the Graduate Bulletin under which they entered the Counselor Education Program.

Academic advising is mandatory for Counselor Education majors.

All Counselor Education majors are assigned an advisor. The advisor list is posted below as well as in the Counselor Education suite on the third floor of Ewing Hall.

Students must see their assigned advisor prior to registering for courses. Advisors will have sign-up sheets posted outside of their offices a week before pre-registration. Students must sign-up for an appointment no later than 3:00 P.M. the day prior to the scheduled meeting. Students are responsible for updating their curriculum sheet and bringing a tentative list of courses to their advising appointment.

STUDENT
LAST NAME
ADVISOR OFFICE PHONE NUMBER
A – E Mistie Barnes EW 341 846-4360
F – L Stephanie Bell EW 344 846-4363
M – R Mary Bess Pannel EW 340 846-4392
S – Z Bryon Pickens EW 342 846-4389
checkmark The Counselor Education Student Handbook contains the following:

          • Description of the program
          • Curriculum for School and Clinical tracks
          • Program policies
          • Internship requirements
          • Schedule of class offerings
          • Program of study for both tracks

checkmark Counseling Laboratory Handbook contains policies for CED 604 Counseling Practicum.

Important Links:

Mistie Barnes, Ed.D., LPC-S, RPT-S Assistant Professor of Counselor Education Ewing 341, 662-846-4360, mbarnes@deltastate.edu

George Beals, PhD, LPC Coordinator of Counselor Education Program Ewing 343, 662-846-4355, mbarnes@deltastate.edu

Stephanie Bell PhD NCC ACS, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education Ewing 344, 662-846-4363, sbell@deltastate.edu

Mary Bess Pannel PhD LPC, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education Ewing 340, 662-846-4392, mpannel@deltastate.edu

Bryon Pickens, EdD Assistant Professor of Counselor Education Ewing 342, 662-846-4389, bpickens@deltastate.edu

Catherine Bishop Vincent, MA, LPC, NCC Counseling Laboratory Director Ewing 338, 662-846-4364, cvincent@deltastate.edu

The faculty & staff of the Delta State University Counselor Education Program, through teaching, training, supervision, & experiential activity, develop ethical, competent, & culturally sensitive counselors who are prepared to work in school or community settings. Program faculty seek to strengthen the profession by modeling for students the professional expectation of continued growth & learning, interpersonal awareness, & practical application of sound principles & practices in their work as professional counselors.