The program leading to the M.Ed. degree consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours and takes approximately 2.5 to 3 years to complete. Programs of study include a core of courses essential to all counselors, emphasis area courses in school counseling or clinical mental health counseling, and field experiences. M.Ed. students must pass a final comprehensive examination. Field experiences include a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour (minimum) internship in which students practice the skills they have developed under the supervision of faculty and doctoral students. Students may complete the degree program on a part-time basis. Courses are offered primarily at 4:00pm and 7:00pm.
Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes specify what students will know, be able to do, or be able to demonstrate when they have completed a program of study.
Within the master’s program, students may emphasize, through specialized coursework and field experiences, in one of two areas: clinical mental health counseling or school counseling. All master’s degree students complete the requirements to become National Certified Counselors.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The clinical mental health counseling concentration prepares graduates to serve as counselors in a variety of community mental health settings including counseling agencies, business and industry, employee assistance programs, substance abuse treatment programs, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, court systems, and other settings in which counseling or other mental health services are offered.
Upon graduation, students are eligible to register with the Louisiana State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and begin working toward licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through a minimum of two years of supervised experience. For more information about the Louisiana LPC Board and licensure, please visit the Board’s website.
The school counseling concentration prepares graduates to serve as counselors in public, charter, parochial, and private schools (pre-K through 12th grade) based on the American School Counselor Association's National Model. School counselors work in the areas of academic development, social/emotional development, and career development through individual student meetings, small group interventions, classroom guidance, and consultation.
Upon graduation and successful completion of the Praxis, students are eligible to apply for certification as a School Counselor (K-12) through the Louisiana Department of Education. Individuals who already possess a Louisiana teaching certification can apply for the School Counselor (K-12) Add-on and individuals who do not possess a Louisiana teaching certification can apply for the Ancillary School Counselor (K-12) Certification.