The Master of Arts in Counseling at Truman State University is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to serve the academic, career, and personal/social needs of culturally diverse students in the elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The program focuses on developing knowledge and skills involved in becoming a reflective practitioner in the art and science of school counseling. To assist school counselors-in-training to achieve the specified knowledge and skills, particular attention is given in the program to the application of personality and human development theories, counseling and guidance work including theories of career behavior and development, learning, personality, and child and adolescent behavior and development. Theories, research, and techniques that focus on individual and group counseling; appraisal, assessment, and measurement; multicultural/diversity issues; parent consultation; professional ethics and legal issues; and guidance program planning, management and evaluation are integral parts of the program. Through opportunities for personal growth, closely supervised clinical experiences, completion of a professional counseling portfolio, and passing of a comprehensive exam students will be prepared to pursue professional credentialing as well as assume positions of leadership in a variety of professional education setting.
The Master of Arts in Counseling Program will be available to a cohort of approximately 25 students who will take a specifically designed and sequenced curriculum consisting of six credits per semester, including summers. Fall and Spring semester courses will be offered in the evening and classes offered during the Summer Sessions will be during the day. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first come, first served basis through a monthly review of applicants. Upon completion of admission for a current cohort students will be offered admission to the next scheduled cohort class. Students will be allowed to apply to their degree program up to six (6) hours of graduate Counseling classes completed prior to admission to the program. The Master of Arts in Counseling Cohort classes start in January of even number years. Interested students should contact Dr. Christopher Maglio for further information.
Minimal requirements for admission:
Specialty Area Requirements:
1. A personal statement that addresses applicant's interest and desire to be a school counselor and career plans and goals within profession school counseling.
2. At least one letter of recommendation attesting to the applicant's potential as a graduate student and as a school counselor.
Interviews will be conducted at the discretion of school counseling faculty to clarify any of the required qualifications.
Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of one full-time counseling faculty, one adjunct faculty member, and one graduate of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program who is a practicing certified school counselor. The Counseling Admissions Committee will meet and make an independent recommendation regarding admission decisions. The Committee's recommendation will be forwarded directly to the Department of Education Chair and the Graduate Dean.
The Truman State University Master of Arts in Counseling cohort program is designed so that a group of students will proceed through the entire program together. The cohort program meets two evenings each week in spring and fall and during the summer sessions with projected completion in two calendar years.
Why should you consider this option?
The cohort program is limited to approximately 25 students. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first come, first served basis through a monthly review of applicants. Interested students should contact Dr. Christopher Maglio for further information.