Professional Counseling, School Counseling Concentration, Ed.S.

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Professional Counseling, School Counseling Concentration, Ed.S.

The School Counseling Concentration in the Specialist in Education in Professional Counseling degree program is offered through the College of Education at MTSU. The School Counseling concentration is a 61-hour degree program with an emphasis on developmental school counseling. Students who complete the concentration in School Counseling will have met the educational requirements necessary for licensure as school counselors.

The mission of the Professional Counseling program is to help students develop essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions to function successfully as professional counselors working in mental health agencies, private practice, or elementary, middle, and high schools. The Professional Counseling Faculty strive to attract a diverse group of students who have an allegiance to social justice and to advocate for equal opportunity for all members of society, and who will make a strong commitment to their own academic achievement, professional development, and personal self-awareness and growth across the lifespan. Professional Counseling faculty train highly skilled counselors to assist individuals with social, emotional, and/or academic challenges. Information pertaining to diversity and trauma is emphasized and infused throughout the curriculum. Learning by doing provides students with valuable experience that builds their confidence as aspiring counselors. Students majoring in Professional Counseling are provided with this opportunity at the MTSU Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CCPS) and through internship experiences at mental health agencies and schools. CCPS is a high-tech training facility where students provide counseling services to MTSU students, faculty, and staff as well as residents of the Murfreesboro community under the supervision of faculty during their practicum experience. Included in the off-campus facility are three individual/family counseling rooms, a child therapy room, and two classrooms. The counseling offices and child therapy room are equipped with a state-of-the-art audio/video recording system. All sessions are recorded for supervision purposes. Following the practicum experience, students complete in-depth internship training in agencies and schools in preparation for their roles as professional counselors. Most graduates of the Professional Counseling program obtain jobs in Murfreesboro and the middle Tennessee area. School counseling graduates are employed by school districts in which they provide services to students, school personnel, and parents in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Employment prospects are very good given the strong reputation of the program. MTSU's Professional Counseling program offers two concentrations — Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Both concentrations are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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Program makes possible pursuit of life work

Program makes possible pursuit of life work

"I believe my purpose in life is to help others heal, which I am able to do on a daily basis with the women I serve at The Next Door, an addiction treatment center," says LanJericha Finch, an outpatient therapist and 2012 Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate. Finch says she not only learned a great deal of information but was shaped by pivotal experiences. For example, her Multicultural Counseling class helped her understand people as diverse, multifaceted beings who need individualized care. Her Group Counseling class gave her he opportunity to connect and be vulnerable with my peers in an authentic way, allowing me to see the true power of group counseling." Finally, hands-on experiences "afforded me the opportunity to grow as a clinician." She is honored that clients trust her and allow her to guide them o a life of purpose and fulfillment. My degree from the MTSU Professional Counseling program has allowed me to do my life's work, and for that I will always be grateful."

Grad attributes success as a school counselor to MTSU

Grad attributes success as a school counselor to MTSU

"I currently serve as a professional school counselor to students in grades 10-12 in Metro Nashville Public Schools," says Rebecca Frame Collier, who graduated from the School Counseling program in Professional Counseling in 2007. She explains that she feels very fortunate that she received her training through MTSU's School Counseling program. "Beyond the outstanding instruction, knowledgeable professors, and the various opportunities for practical, in-the-field training, what I loved most about my time at MTSU were the people and the environment that allowed me to explore who I was as a person and how to care for ALL students by addressing their needs with empathy and skill." Frame says that every counselor's approach is unique just as personalities are, ut I was able to develop my passion for working directly with students and linking them to community and school resources to help ensure their positive growth. I would not be the counselor I am today without the support and nurture I received at MTSU."

News Briefs

Program makes possible pursuit of life work

"I believe my purpose in life is to help others heal, which I am able to do on a daily basis with the women I serve at The Next Door, an addiction treatment center," says LanJericha Finch, an outpatient therapist and 2012 Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate. Finch says she not only learned a great deal of information but was shaped by pivotal experiences. For example, her Multicultural Counseling class helped her understand people as diverse, multifaceted beings who need individualized care. Her Group Counseling class gave her he opportunity to connect and be vulnerable with my peers in an authentic way, allowing me to see the true power of group counseling." Finally, hands-on experiences "afforded me the opportunity to grow as a clinician." She is honored that clients trust her and allow her to guide them o a life of purpose and fulfillment. My degree from the MTSU Professional Counseling program has allowed me to do my life's work, and for that I will always be grateful."

Grad attributes success as a school counselor to MTSU

"I currently serve as a professional school counselor to students in grades 10-12 in Metro Nashville Public Schools," says Rebecca Frame Collier, who graduated from the School Counseling program in Professional Counseling in 2007. She explains that she feels very fortunate that she received her training through MTSU's School Counseling program. "Beyond the outstanding instruction, knowledgeable professors, and the various opportunities for practical, in-the-field training, what I loved most about my time at MTSU were the people and the environment that allowed me to explore who I was as a person and how to care for ALL students by addressing their needs with empathy and skill." Frame says that every counselor's approach is unique just as personalities are, ut I was able to develop my passion for working directly with students and linking them to community and school resources to help ensure their positive growth. I would not be the counselor I am today without the support and nurture I received at MTSU."

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Most graduates of the Professional Counseling program obtain jobs in Murfreesboro and the middle Tennessee area. Clinical mental health counseling graduates are employed by mental health agencies as counselors and eventually complete the requirements for licensure as professional counselors (LPCs). School counseling graduates are employed by school districts in which they provide services to students, school personnel, and parents in elementary, middle, and high school settings. Employment prospects are very good given the strong reputation of the program.

The following is a partial list of entities where MTSU Professional Counseling graduates have found employment:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Employers

  • Branches Counseling Center
  • Cedar Grove Residential Treatment Center
  • Centerstone
  • Cumberland Heights
  • JourneyPure
  • Integrative Life Center
  • Mental Health Cooperative
  • MTSU Counseling Services
  • Murfreesboro Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center
  • Nashville Center for Trauma and Psychotherapy
  • Rutherford County Recovery Court
  • The Next Door
  • Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System
  • Youth Villages

School Counseling Employers

  • Bedford County Schools
  • Cannon County Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Franklin County Schools
  • Franklin Special School District
  • Knox County Schools
  • Maury County Schools
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • Warren County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

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MTSU Center for Counseling and Psychological Services

Learning by doing gives participants valuable experience and confidence. Students majoring in Professional Counseling are provided with this opportunity at the MTSU Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. This is a high-tech training facility where students provide counseling services to MTSU students, faculty, and staff as well as residents of the Murfreesboro community under the supervision of faculty. Included in the off-campus facility are three individual/family counseling rooms, a child therapy room, and two classrooms. The counseling offices and child therapy room are equipped with a state-of-the-art audio/video recording system.  All sessions are recorded for supervision purposes.

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