Division of Counselor Education & Psychology

Master of Education in Counseling

Delta State offers a Master of Education (MEd) degree in Counseling. Students completing this degree may choose the School Counseling or the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) specialty. Both specialties of the degree are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The mission of CACREP is to promote the advancement of quality counselor education programs. Delta States counseling programs have been accredited since 1991. According to the CACREP website: CACREP Accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of the program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. The student, as a consumer, can be assured that appropriate knowledge and skill areas are included and that the program is stable, professionally and financially.

Mission Statement

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.

M.Ed. Counseling Specialties

Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Students who enroll in CMHC specialty are prepared to work in mental health counseling venues anywhere in the United States. This degree allows graduating students to sit for the National Counselor Exam and petition the Mississippi Board of Licensed Professional Counselors for a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor Credential. Licensure laws vary from state to state; however, a program accredited by CACREP generally meets the educational requirements for licensure.

School Counseling
Students who enroll in the School Counseling specialty are prepared to be school counselors in Mississippi and beyond. Educator licensure varies from state to state and it is important to be informed about other state requirements as you matriculate through the school counseling specialty. According to current Mississippi statutes, graduating school counselors may also sit for the National Counselor Exam and petition the Mississippi Board of Licensed Professional Counselors for a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor Credential.

Program Learning Objectives

Mission Statement: 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.

  1. Counseling students will develop and demonstrate an understanding of the life-long need to pursue counseling knowledge and professional development. Students will articulate the value of engagement in professional organizations for the purposes of advocacy, certifications, and accreditations.
  2. Counseling students will develop an ethical awareness that results in behaviors that reflect an understanding of roles, responsibilities, supervision, and limitations as they collaborate and consult with other behavioral health professionals, school professionals, and systems.
  3. Counseling students will verbalize the importance of counseling history and its ongoing influences on current practices.
  4. Counseling students will examine biological, environmental, and systemic factors that affect human behavior, development, and functioning. Counseling students will develop strategies for promoting optimum development, resilience, and wellness across the lifespan.
  5. Counseling students will utilize career theories that facilitate the client’s pathway to satisfactory work and leisure, including counseling skills that foster values clarification, knowledge of the work world, and personal wellness.
  6. Counseling students will utilize critical thinking skills to evaluate the effects of power and privilege for clients. Counseling students will demonstrate decision making strategies to understand the impact of attitudes, beliefs, heritages, understandings, and acculturative experiences on the views of others.
  7. Utilizing multicultural competencies and awareness, counseling students will adopt the counseling knowledge base and work-behavior areas to diverse client populations. This ability to make cultural adjustments will be shown specifically in the work-behavior areas of counselors including fundamental counseling issues, counseling processes, diagnostic and assessment services, professional practice, and professional development.
  8. As they strengthen their commitment to grow deeper toward integrated practice, counseling students demonstrate foundational understanding of the intersection between counseling theory, counseling skills, and differentiated interventions.
  9. Students are aware of their own worldview and its intersection with theories of counseling and development. From this perspective, students demonstrate a beginning verbalization of their own integrated theoretical approach.
  10. Counseling students will display knowledge of the various models of group work, processes, and development to ensure effective, ethical group experiences with clients.
  11. Counseling students will recognize the need to assess and improve their own leadership skills. They will demonstrate the ability to manage group dynamics within counseling venues.

Admissions

Applications for the MEd in Counseling Programs are accepted throughout the Calendar Year. Students enter the program as a cohort in either Fall or Spring semesters.

Admissions decisions are based on the collective success of the following criteria.  All documents related to admission should be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies at grad-info@deltastate.edu.

  1. Complete the Online Application with Graduate Studies
  2. Minimum 2.75 GPA (cumulative) or 3.0 on last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
      • Minimum score: 150
  3. 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. 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.
      • My rationale for pursuing a career in counseling is best expressed as follows…
      • My ability to work well with others in a caring and authentic manner is best expressed and demonstrated by…
      • My awareness of cultural issues, and of the necessity of being non-judgmental, is best expressed and demonstrated by…
      • My possession of integrity and ethical conduct is best expressed and demonstrated by…
      • My commitment to professional development is best expressed and demonstrated by…
  4. Three Professional References’ contact information with their name,  position with place of employment, relationship with student, email  address, and phone number
  5. Group Interviews with faculty
  6. Applicants who are non-native English speakers must have a minimum score of 90 on the TOEFL.

Upon completion, students are prepared for employment in the community, private practice, or agency setting.

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.

Courses & Advising

Every student is assigned an academic advisor upon admission. Advisors collaborate with students as they progress through the program. Advisors are available to assist students with adjusting to graduate school and to serve as mentors. Advisors will support students through continuous communication with the student and program faculty. Students will meet with their advisors at least once each semester to discuss their progress and needs throughout the program.

While academic advisors are present to support students, students are responsible for making sure they have met all graduation requirements. Students must familiarize themselves with the DSU Graduate Academic Catalog under which they entered the Counselor Education Program.

STUDENT LAST NAME ADVISOR OFFICE PHONE NUMBER
A – E Natasha Barnes EW 342 662-846-4389
F – L Stephanie Bell EW 344 662-846-4393
M – R Mary Bess Pannel EW 340 662-846-4392
S – Z Cat Vincent EW 341 662-846-4360

Resources and Links

Counseling Laboratory Handbook contains policies for CED 604 Counseling Practicum. Field Experience Guide for DSU Counselor Education Students and Supervisors contains policies for CED 609 Counseling Practicum, CED 610 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship, and CED 619 School Counseling Internship. The Counselor Education Student Handbook contains the following:

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

Contact

Interim Division Chair

Dr. Merideth Van Namen
P: (662) 846-4355
F: (662) 846-4549
mvannamen@deltastate.edu

Address and Mailing

Counselor Education & Psychology
College of Education & Human Sciences
DSU Box 3142 Ewing 335
Cleveland, MS 38733