What can you learn in our online Master of Arts in Counseling program?
To graduate with your Master of Arts in Counseling, you must successfully complete 60 credit hours of coursework, including one practicum, two internships and two, one-week-long campus-based residencies. The first residency will take place during your first term, and the second will occur in the eighth term.
Graduate Core Courses
|ENC 604||Research Methodology and Applications||3 Credits|
Focused on quantitative and qualitative methods of research utilized in the areas of education and social sciences. Examination of sources of information for research, various designs, basic statistics, interviewing strategies and observational techniques. Students will learn to critique and write research proposals in their areas of study.
|ENC 606||Interpersonal Behavior and Organizational Leadership||3 Credits|
Skills related to interpersonal communication, organizational behavior and leadership values clarification with diverse populations. Extensive opportunities for practicing and evaluating personal communication skills.
Program Core Courses
|ENC 530||Loss and Grief Counseling||1 Credit|
Offers students the opportunity to understand the beliefs about loss and grief, blockers and interventions. Students will identify the different types of losses. Loss and grief seem to underlie all life experience, and culture and gender influence how we grieve and mourn.
|ENC 540||Human Growth and Development||3 Credits|
Cognitive and experiential learning in human growth and development. Cognitive learning through reading and research into developmental patterns of humans through the developmental stages: birth; infancy; early childhood; primary, middle and high school years; adulthood; geriatrics. Experiential activities emphasize personal contact and on-site work with people at different ages and stages of physical and psychological development.
|ENC 551||Substance Abuse Counseling||2 Credits|
Basic counseling interventions for prevention, remediation and treatment of substance abuse.
|ENC 586||Counseling Diverse Populations||3 Credits|
Value systems in diverse groups; the use of philosophies and models of diversity in establishing an effective, helping relationship.
|ENC 607||Neurocounseling: Bridging Brain and Behavior*||3 Credits|
Instruction, simulations, demonstrations, practice and evaluation of concepts of the human brain, its functions and its interconnection to the field of counseling based on current efficacy research and practice.
|ENC 620||Counseling Professional Orientation||2 Credits|
A survey course introducing the counseling profession as the promotion of human development, including an overview of the historical and philosophical development of the field, a survey of relevant skills, client population and settings. Required of all students preparing to become leaders in the profession of counseling.
|ENC 621||Career and Life Planning Across the Life Span||3 Credits|
Basic counseling skills for career planning, exploration and decisionmaking. Vocational guidance and career development of elementary and high school students; roles of women entering the workforce; physically handicapped workers; inner city youth; adult workers making vocational changes in middle life; older workers preparing for retirement. Practical experience in interviewing, vocational assessment, career information gathering and distribution; labor market research. (Area e)
|ENC 622||Counseling: Ethics and the Law||1 Credit|
An advanced exploration of the legal, professional and ethical dilemmas faced by professional counselors and supervisors. Familiarity with an application of the current American Counseling Association Code of Ethics as well as relevant state of Illinois and federal civil and criminal law will be demonstrated by students.
|ENC 623||Pre-Practicum in Counseling||3 Credits|
Instruction, demonstration, practice and evaluation in basic interviewing and response skills. Emphasis on practice and skill development. (Area d)
|ENC 624||Theories and Techniques of Counseling||3 Credits|
Study and evaluation of major theories of counseling toward developing a working theory of counseling and understanding of dynamics of human behavior. (Area d)
|ENC 625||Principles of Group Counseling||3 Credits|
Group theory and dynamics as applied in group counseling. Group practices, methods, procedures and group leader facilitation skills. Supervised practice and experience in group counseling as leader and participant. Prerequisite: ENC 623 and 624 and consent of instructor.
|ENC 630||Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders||3 Credits|
An overview of psychodiagnostics and psychopathology. Basics of psychodiagnostics and psychopathology will be covered. Students will gain a working knowledge of the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as well as a basis of treatments for mental disorders.
|ENC 631||Crisis Intervention||1 Credit|
An overview of responses to crises of various types including those that are more individual, those that affect families and those that have wider impact for entire communities. When these crises occur, normal problem-solving methods are typically insufficient to address the level of emotional and social difficulties involved. Practical intervention techniques are practiced and opportunities to observe people in the field are offered.
|ENC 632||Psychopharmacology in Counseling||1 Credit|
An overview of psychopharmacology in counseling. Basics of psychopharmacology will be covered.
|ENC 640||Clinical Supervision||2 Credits|
Offers students the opportunity to better understand the supervisory process. Evidenced-based supervision (EBS) will be at the core. Students will learn the different models of supervision and a common factors approach.
|ENC 641||Assessment in Counseling||3 Credits|
Development of a framework for understanding the individual. Methods of data gathering and interpretation, individual and group testing, case study approaches and study of individual differences — ethnic, cultural and sex factors. (Area b)
|ENC 654||Consultation in the Helping Professions||2 Credits|
A conceptual understanding of effective consultation and its relevance to the helping professional. Demonstration of knowledge and skills necessary to deliver effective consultative services in schools and clinical mental health agencies.
|ENC 661||Couples and Family Counseling||3 Credits|
Theories and techniques of couples and family counseling. Emphasis is on working with couples, families and children to promote human development, including the role of the family counselor within the network of school and clinical mental health settings.
|ENC 690||Practicum||2 Credits|
Supervised counseling experience with individuals and groups in student’s area of interest.
|ENC 691||Internship I||1 Credit|
Supervised post-practicum work experience appropriate to student’s career goals.
|ENC 692||Internship II||3 Credits|
Supervised post-practicum work experience appropriate to student’s career goals.
Professional School Counseling Specialty Courses
|ENC 585||School for Non-Teachers*||2 Credits|
Intended for non-teachers seeking Illinois certification for school counselors. This course is a combined survey and field observation experience. Students will learn about the structure, organization and operation of the U.S. educational system P-12 as exemplified in local school districts. Students will be required to observe in a school four hours per week.
|ENC 608||Brain-Based Interventions||2 Credits|
Instruction, demonstrations, practice and evaluation of counseling interventions that assist individuals in learning to work more efficaciously with their brains to improve management of emotions and behaviors as based on current research and understanding of brain functioning.
|ENC 653||Professional School Counseling, K-8||3 Credits|
Elementary and middle professional school counseling programs, including administration, finance and accountability, and cognitive and experiential skills. History and development of school counseling, elementary and middle school education and counseling programs (similarities and differences), group and individual counseling, the counselor’s role in school testing and career planning and exploration. Practical experiences.
|ENC 655||Professional School Counseling in Secondary Schools||3 Credits|
Secondary professional school counseling programs, including administration, finance and accountability, and cognitive and experiential skills. History and development of school counseling, secondary school education and counseling programs (similarities and differences), group and individual counseling, the counselor’s role in school testing and career planning and exploration. Practical experiences.
|ENC 669||Special Education Law||2 Credits|
Statutory provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Special education process including classification, identification and evaluation; related services; least restrictive environment and due process proceedings.
|ENC 699||Thesis||2 Credits|
Advanced educational or social science research under the guidance of a departmental faculty member. Student will design, develop and present the research proposal, then conduct the approved research study consistent with the Committee for Use of Human Subjects in Research (CUHSR) regulations and university ethical guidelines. Minimum of 3.0 and maximum of 6.0 hours may be taken and applied toward master’s degree.
*Required for non-teachers
Note: Curriculum is subject to change.