John Brown University's Master of Science in School Counseling prepares you for school counseling and guidance positions in elementary and secondary schools. Graduates with a passing score on the PRAXIS exam will be licensed by the Arkansas Department of Education.
Course requirements for the Master of Science in School Counseling include: (For all graduate counseling course descriptions, click here: Graduate Counseling Course Descriptions)
Counseling Core (37 hours)
- Human Development
- Social and Cultural Foundations
- Group Theory
- Theories and Techniques of Counseling
- Career Development Information and Vocational Education
- Family of Origin
- Advanced Psychopathology
- Christian Foundations in Counseling
- Child and Adolescent Counseling
- School Policies and Issues
- Pre-Practicum Laboratory
- Statistics and Research
- Applied Research (Program Director recommendation required)
Electives (3 hours)
- Principles of Family Therapy
- Introduction to Play Therapy
- Advanced Psychopharmacology
- Advanced Techniques in Play Therapy
- Selected Topics in Counseling
School Counseling Emphasis Core (9 hours)
- Practicum I: School Counseling
- Practicum II: School Counseling
- Internship I
Minimum Semester Hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 hours
Multiple Track Emphases
The JBU Counseling Program recognizes that today's counseling professionals have multifaceted opportunities requiring multiple training specialties; therefore, additional emphases are offered for each major area of study. These emphases include Marriage and Family Therapy, Community Counseling, Play Therapy and School Counseling. Students seeking multiple emphases must complete the course requirements of their major degree plan and each of the course requirements specific to fulfilling any additional emphases.
Counseling classes are offered online and onground at the JBU Rogers and Fort Smith Centers as well as on the main campus in Siloam Springs. Beginning Fall 2013, classes will also be offered at JBU's new Little Rock Center.
Online counseling courses allow you flexibility and convenience. All online classes are taught by JBU faculty who interact with you via e-mail, web conferencing and discussion boards.
Most counseling classes begin at 4:30 and 7:15 and follow the semester schedule format. Summer classes are also offered.