M.S. in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs

College of Education and Social Work

(*Note: After Spring 2017, this program is no longer accepting new students. Interested students should see the M.S. in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs offered by the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies.)

Common Core27
EDC 503Professional Orientation to Counseling 13
EDC 567Group Dynamics 13
EDC 570Fundamentals of the Helping Relationship 13
EDC 571Counseling Theory and Techniques 13
EDC 540Assessment Methods in Counseling 1, 23
EDC 520Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling3
EDC 521Human Development Through Life Span3
EDF 502Methods & Materials Of Research For Counselor Education 23
EDC 556Career Development Theories and Practices 33
Specialty Requirements12
EDC 530Introduction to Student Affairs3
EDC 531Theories of American College Student Development3
EDC 532Leadership and Management in Student Affairs3
EDC 552Trauma and Crisis Intervention Work and the Professional Counselor3
Field Experience Requirements 49
EDC 592Practicum in Higher Education Student Affairs 53
EDC 600Counseling Internship in Higher Education/Student Affairs 63
Total Minimum Credits Required48
1

Denotes a course required for degree candidacy.  This course must be taken before the student's 9th course.

2

Denotes a course offered through the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies. 

3

 This course must be taken before or concurrently with the first internship course.

4

 Comprehensive exam must be completed during the last semester.

5

This practicum must be taken after or concurrently with EDC 530 or EDC 531. An application is required.  The department will register each student into their practicum course. The Higher Education Practicum includes a minimum of 100 hours (with a minimum of 40 direct hours) in an approved higher education setting.

6

 Degree candidacy must be completed before the student is admitted into an internship.  Internship must be taken after or concurrently with EDC 556, EDC 531, and EDC 530.  An application is required. The department will register the student into the internship course. Higher Education Internships must be completed with a minimum of 600 on-site hours over at least two semesters in a higher education environment. Each 3-credit internship course has a 200 hour minimum requirement. Students may use the internship course as an elective if they choose the option of three consecutive courses to complete the 600-hour internship requirement. 

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via my WCU and consult their Graduate Coordinator.  For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Suggested Course Sequence (Full-Time/Four Regular Semesters)

Beginning in Fall

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
EDC 503 Professional Orientation to Counseling 1 3
EDC 567 Group Dynamics 1 3
EDC 570 Fundamentals of the Helping Relationship 1 3
EDC 571 Counseling Theory and Techniques 1 3
 Credits12
Semester Two
EDC 530 Introduction to Student Affairs 3
EDC 540 Assessment Methods in Counseling 2 3
EDC 592 Practicum in Higher Education Student Affairs 3
EDC 556 Career Development Theories and Practices 3
 Credits12
Year Two
Semester Three
EDC 531 Theories of American College Student Development 3
EDF 502 Methods & Materials Of Research For Counselor Education 2 3
EDC 600 Counseling Internship in Higher Education/Student Affairs 3
Select one of the following: 3
EDC 520 Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling 3
EDC 521 Human Development Through Life Span 3
Elective 3
 Credits12
Semester Four
EDC 532 Leadership and Management in Student Affairs 3
EDC 600 Counseling Internship in Higher Education/Student Affairs 3
Select two of the following: 6
EDC 520 Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling 3
EDC 521 Human Development Through Life Span 3
Elective 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits48
1

Prerequisites for Practicum.

2

EDC 540 and EDF 502 are offered through the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies. Please note this information when registering for classes

Beginning in Spring

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
EDC 503 Professional Orientation to Counseling 1 3
EDC 567 Group Dynamics 1 3
EDC 570 Fundamentals of the Helping Relationship 1 3
EDC 571 Counseling Theory and Techniques 1 3
 Credits12
Semester Two
EDC 531 Theories of American College Student Development 3
EDC 540 Assessment Methods in Counseling 2 3
EDC 592 Practicum in Higher Education Student Affairs 3
EDC 556 Career Development Theories and Practices 3
 Credits12
Year Two
Semester Three
EDC 530 Introduction to Student Affairs 3
EDF 502 Methods & Materials Of Research For Counselor Education 2 3
EDC 532 Leadership and Management in Student Affairs 3
EDC 600 Counseling Internship in Higher Education/Student Affairs 3
 Credits12
Semester Four
EDC 520 Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling 3
EDC 521 Human Development Through Life Span 3
Elective 3
EDC 600 Counseling Internship in Higher Education/Student Affairs 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits48
1

Prerequisites for Practicum.

2

EDC 540 and EDF 502 are offered through the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies. Please note this information when registering for classes

Please Note:

  1. In order to finish any of the Counselor Education programs in a minimum of four (4) regular semesters, students must qualify for the practicum course in their second semester.
  2. Fall admitted students can choose to sign up for summer courses prior to the Fall semester. Taking summer courses can create flexibility in scheduling throughout the program.
  3. Meet with your advisor before or early in your first semester to customize your program of study.