M.S. in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs

College of Education and Social Work

(*Note: As of Fall 2017, this program is no longer accepting new students. Interested students should consider 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

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

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

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.