MAEd Track - Counselor Education | Capital University, Columbus Ohio
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    Counselor Education

  • Our Counselor Education Program

    Capital’s Counselor Education program provides a dynamic learning experience for students looking to become licensed school counselors and/or clinical mental health counselors.

    Both the school counseling track and the clinical mental health track allow students to gain knowledge and skills through a holistic approach that will enable them to work in a variety of settings. Our School Counseling track will give you the tools you need to succeed in a K-12 school. The Master of Arts Clinical Mental Health track equips you to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community agencies, college counseling centers, and private practice.

    Regardless of whether you choose a single track or the dual-program track, students in Capital University’s Counselor Education program all receive training in eight core areas:

    • human growth and development,
    • social and cultural diversity,
    • counseling and helping relationships,
    • group counseling and group work,
    • career development,
    • assessment and testing,
    • research and program evaluation, and
    • professional counseling orientation and ethical practice.

    Counseling Callouts

    At Capital, we know that learning happens everywhere. That’s why our program features hands-on, blended experiential and classroom learning. After completing 64 class credit hours, as well as a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship, you will earn a Master of Arts in Education degree. A full-time student can complete either the School Counseling program or the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in two years. Completing both programs requires a minimum of three years.

    Why Study Counselor Education at Capital University?

    Capital’s Counselor Education program provides you with dynamic learning opportunities, due in part to the University’s location in Columbus, the culturally diverse capital of Ohio. Focused on all aspects of counseling, we foster the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of a counselor while promoting a strong professional identity as leaders within the counseling profession through teaching, advocacy, research and professional clinical experiences.

    In addition to teaching at the University, our faculty also work as professional counselors and engage their students’ learning through the lens of their own experiences.


    Admissions Requirements

    Admission into the Counselor Education program requires:

    • A bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
    • A satisfactory grade point average (GPA), usually a minimum of 3.0 (B);
    • Evidence of compatibility of professional goals with Capital University’s Counselor Education program as demonstrated through a writing sample and admissions interview;
    • Evidence of ability to successfully complete the program; and
    • A signed Statement of Assurance of Good Moral Character

    Application Process

    Submit an online application. Your application will require: a writing sample, three (3) letters of professional reference, a current resume or CV, and official transcripts from every institution from which you’ve received credit.

    1. Request official transcripts from all previous institutions attended. You may choose to have your previous institution send your transcripts electronically OR as hard copies. If choosing to mail, send to:

      Capital University
      Office of Admissions
      1 College and Main
      Columbus, OH 43209-2394

    2. Three letters of professional reference. As part of the application, you will include email addresses for your professional references. We will then contact them to obtain letters of reference. Letters should be from individuals who can attest to your preparedness for graduate level work and/or disposition for the counseling profession. These can be emailed to admission@capital.edu or mailed to the address above.
    3. Apply for Financial Aid. If you plan on utilizing financial aid to help pay for your courses, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Capital’s FAFSA code is 003023.

    For questions regarding the application process, please contact Sara Lucas, the assistant director of graduate admissions.

    Application Deadlines

    Master’s Degree Admit Term(s)  Application Deadline
    Clinical Mental Health Counseling Fall Only December 1
    School Counseling Fall Only December 1

    Capital University’s Counselor Education program admits clinical mental health and school counseling students one time per academic year. Students will complete the application process starting in the fall of the year prior to admittance; upon invitation, complete the interview process in the spring prior to admittance; and, if accepted, will enroll in the fall semester.


    Interview Day

    We believe it is very important to meet and learn about every applicant on a personal level. Interviews give you an opportunity to make sure that Capital University and our Counselor Education program is a good fit for you.

    Applicants who meet the Counselor Education program’s minimum requirements for admission will be invited for an in-person interview. We conduct individual and group interviews in an attempt to assess your cognitive, affective, and behavioral potential, and set you up for success in our program and in the field of counseling.


    Program Objectives:

    1. Students will obtain theoretical knowledge in the areas of individual and group counseling, human development, multicultural and career counseling that is grounded in research and reflective of current national and state standards.
    2. Students will demonstrate professional, personal, and cultural self-awareness and knowledge about how it influences their service delivery.
    3. Students will demonstrate competency in counseling and assessment skills to impact student and client outcomes in academic, personal, or career areas.
    4. Students will demonstrate consultation and collaboration skills that ensure an inclusive environment in school and counseling settings.
    5. Students will continue their personal and professional development by adhering to the professional ethical codes of professional counseling organizations and the Counselor Education program dispositions

    CACREP Accredited

    CACREP AccreditedCapital University is actively engaged in the process of seeking accreditation with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). It is our expectation to receive CACREP accreditation by 2023. All graduates of both our School and Clinical Mental Health tracks are fully eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio, even if graduating prior to 2023. All graduates will be grandfathered under the accreditation and considered to have graduated from a CACREP institution.For additional questions regarding CACREP, the accrediting process, or what this may mean for you, please reach out to any of Capital’s core faculty members.

  • Sean GorbySean Gorby, Ph.D.

    Instructor
    Ruff Learning Center 220
    (614) 236-7107
    sgorby2@capital.edu

     


    Michael Lewis 600x600Michael Lewis, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Ruff Learning Center 230
    (614) 236-6160
    mlewis7@capital.edu

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    Robyn WalshRobyn Walsh, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    Ruff Learning Center 229
    (614) 236-7177
    rwalsh12@capital.edu

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    Adjunct Faculty

    Dr. Felice Kassoy, Ph.D. – School Counseling Internship (EDUC 613)
    Sarah Geiger, M.Ed. - School Counseling Practicum (EDUC 603)


  • Frequently Asked Questions

    HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE THE DEGREE?

    A full-time student taking the recommended courses will finish in two-years. There are options to extend the coursework and internship to either a three-year or four-year plan. We typically recommend that students work towards the two-year plan, but you can work with your academic advisor to find what plan might work best with your situation.

    WHAT DOES THE PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES INVOLVE?

    Counseling is a hands-on profession and as such, it is important to gain real-world experience. Both experiences involve working directly in a school setting, coordinating with a supervisor, and connecting face-to-face with students in a variety of settings including individual and group counseling. The practicum is completed in the spring semester and entails 100 hours on-site with at least 40 hours of direct contact with students. The internship experience is 600 hours spread over both the fall and spring semester with at least 240 direct contact hours.

    CAN I COMPLETE MY PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP IN THE SCHOOL I WORK IN NOW?

    Perhaps – it is a case-by-case scenario. It often depends on the school/district and their willingness to be flexible, the availability of a qualified school counseling supervisor on-site, and enough freedom to gain the necessary hours. We request that you do not work therapeutically with students that you would otherwise engage with in the classroom or other situations.

    HOW DO THE HYBRID COURSES WORK?

    Hybrid courses allow us to offer classes that better fit the working adult. It minimizes the amount of time students need to be on campus and focuses part of the work online. The number of face-to-face classes vary from course to course ranging from 5-8 (and weekly for practicum and internship courses). The in-class time is supplemented with online lectures, videos, readings, reflections, and other alternatives to learning that allow in-class time to be more hands-on and focused. Students can anticipate being on campus an average of two nights per week.

    WHAT WILL MY SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?

    All classes are offered in the evening to accommodate student’s practicum and internships experiences. Classes begin at 4:00pm and at most two classes are on a single evening. Currently classes vary on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

    DO I NEED TO COME FROM AN EDUCATION BACKGROUND?

    Absolutely not. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and undergraduate degrees. There are no specific prerequisites to enter into the program other than a desire to be a great professional school counselor!

    I DIDN'T GET A 3.0 GPA IN MY UNDERGRADUATE, BUT I THINK I CAN DO THE WORK. CAN I STILL APPLY?

    Yes! A 3.0 minimum GPA is recommended in order to demonstrate the ability to do graduate level reading, writing, and research. However, we know everyone’s undergraduate experience is different and sometimes not reflective of one’s true ability. We work with applicants on a 1-to-1 basis to determine fit for the program and ability to succeed. If accepted with a sub-3.0 GPA, students would be placed on a probationary period in order to demonstrate the ability to complete quality graduate work.

    WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS FOR WRITING AND RESEARCH?

    We strive to not graduate excellent professional school counselors but also quality scholars. Research and graduate level writing are a part of nearly all courses and an understanding of APA formatting will be applied. But don't worry if you think you’re not quite there yet – we know not all undergraduate programs emphasize this component and area of learning. We will work with you to grow this skill.

    WILL I BE INTERVIEWED AS PART OF THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS?

    We believe it is very important to meet and learn about every applicant on a personal level, so yes, we do interview all potential candidates. This also gives you an opportunity to make sure that this is a fit for you as well. We are mutually committing to one another for at least two years so it is important to make sure everyone involved is fully informed and confident in the decision.

  • Adult and Graduate Tuition and Fees

    Adult and Graduate Tuition and Fees
     CAPITAL UNIVERSITY 2020-2021 COST BEFORE AID  
    Adult and Continuing Education $514 x credit hour
    Adult and Continuing Education (Social Work) $417 x credit hour
    Doctor of Nursing Practice $950 x credit hour
    Master of Arts in Education (includes endorsement) $632 x credit hour
    Master's Program in Music Education - Additional course fee of $347 for MM 681 $650 x credit hour
    Master's Program in Business Administration $710 x credit hour
    Master's Program in Nursing $650 x credit hour
    Accelerated BSN $578 x credit hour
       
    CAPITAL LAW SCHOOL 2020-2021 COST BEFORE AID  
    Capital Law School - JD Concentrations  
    Capital Law School - LL.M. $1,334 x credit hour
    Capital Law School - Master of Taxation $694 x credit hour
    Capital Law School - Master of Legal Studies $694 x credit hour
    Evening Paralegal Program $412 x credit hour
    Summer Immersion Paralegal Program $412 x credit hour
    Legal Nurse Consultant Program $412 x credit hour
    Life Care Planner $412 x credit hour
       
    TRINITY LUTHERAN SEMINARY 2020-2021 COST BEFORE AID  
    Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University $624 x credit hour
       
    Fees
    Health and Wellness (Full-time students only) $110/year
    Technology Fee $110/year
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