The master’s of science in counseling is offered exclusively at the Upper Iowa University-Waterloo location. The clinically-based program meets CACREP standards to ensure that students will be able to be licensed as a mental health counselor upon completion.
The MS Counseling Program can be completed as a full-time student or a part-time student.
Full-time students will follow the official academic calendar and take the classes outlined for their specific cohort.
Part-time students develop a customized plan to complete the required courses in three years. For example, a student begins on term 4 of the 2015-2016 academic year and ends at the end of term three of the 2018-2019 academic year. If a student is not able to maintain full-time status, he/she is able to use this process to develop an individual timeframe to complete the program. All individualized schedules must be preapproved before beginning the program or taking additional courses if a change occurs. The maximum time the student has to complete the program is four years. All students should monitor their progress toward completion on a degree plan.
As part of the curriculum, students will complete a comprehensive examination, which includes to prepare a scholarly paper outlining a clearly defined statement of his/her theoretical orientation and a theoretically-based, culturally sensitive treatment plan for this client to illustrate the way in which the theory was put into practice. Students shall identify at least three ethical dilemmas and/or decisions that were encountered in one or more practicum and/or internship sites with references from the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics as well as a discussion of how these issues were resolved. The second part of the exam is an oral, scholarly discussion of all the submitted materials that demonstrates your ability to present a clinical case to an audience of mental health professionals.
In addition to completing a practicum, all students must complete a graduate-level clinical supervised counseling internship of 600 clock hours in a mental health setting. The internship, completed over three eight week terms, provides an opportunity for the student to perform, under supervision, a variety of counseling activities that a mental health counselor is expected to perform.