The program conforms to the Washington State school counselor certification standards and requires a minimum of 90 quarter credit hours of graduate study. Most students complete the program by attending full-time for two academic years, excluding summers. A thesis option is also available for students who are interested in completing a research project. Laboratory and field experiences comprise a significant part of the academic program, providing students the opportunity to obtain supervised experiences in individual and group counseling in a work setting consistent with the student's career objectives. An important component of the School Counselor curriculum is exposure to multi-cultural counseling. We infuse multicultural reflection and skill-building throughout the courses and require an in-depth seminar to develop cultural sensitivity and awareness. Psychology courses taken during the program include Developmental School Counseling; The Role of the School Counselor; Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy; Individual Counseling Techniques; Group Processes in Counseling; Standardized Tests; Testing and Appraisal in Counseling; Occupations and Career Development; Personality and Psychopathology; Research Methods in Counseling; Developmental Psychopathology; Lifespan & Psychological Development; Seminar in Cross-Cultural Counseling; Family & Couple Counseling; Professional, Legal, and Cultural Issues; Counseling Practicum; and School Counseling Internship. Other course requirements include electives under advisement.
The following specific coursework is required for those who do not have a degree in psychology: introductory psychology, research methods or statistics in psychology, abnormal psychology, and developmental psychology. Deficiencies in prerequisites may be completed after program admission, but must be completed prior to first enrollment.
Graduate Counseling Programs Student Handbook, Department of Psychology
The Graduate Counseling Programs Student handbook presents comprehensive information about the counseling programs. The Handbook includes information about academic requirements, goals and objectives of the programs, teaching assistantships, scholarship standards, thesis requirements, comprehensive examinations, registration and enrollment, internships, diversity recruitment policy, National Counselor Examination, Academic Grievance Policy and Procedures, and other important information.