School Counseling Concentration
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School Counseling Concentration

51-54* credit hours

Applicants pursuing a concentration in counseling have two choices: School Counseling (below) or Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The prerequisite for pursuing this degree is 12 hours of psychology or psychology related courses that should include: general psychology, human development, statistics, and abnormal (or closely related). Candidates should plan a specified program with their graduate committees. If seeking a master's degree in counseling in either of these concentrations must request admission to candidacy before completing nine hours of graduate course work.

The school counseling concentration is designed to prepare graduates for school counseling positions at elementary, middle/junior high and high school levels. Graduates will meet the current licensing requirements for the Tennessee Board of Education.

The curriculum requirements include coursework, a 120-hour practicum experience, 600-hour internship, and a comprehensive examination. Students entering the program without prior teaching experience will be required to take two education courses (*) as electives.


48 hours required core courses + 3-6 hours electives = 51-54 hours 

  • COUN 5000 Research and Evaluation in Counseling (3)
  • COUN 5110 Lifespan Development (3)
  • COUN 5150 Foundations of School Counseling (3)
  • COUN 5160 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)
  • COUN 5190 Psychological Assessment (3)
  • COUN 5400 Theories in Counseling (3)
  • COUN 5410 Counseling Techniques (3)
  • COUN 5420 Advanced Counseling Techniques (3)
  • COUN 5430 Group Theories and Techniques (3)
  • COUN 5440 Counseling Diverse Populations (3)
  • COUN 5600 Theories and Counseling in Career Development (3)
  • COUN 5640 Practicum in School Counseling (3)
  • COUN 5725 Internship in School Counseling (6)
  • COUN 6010 Ethical, Legal, & Professional Issues in Counseling (3)
  • COUN 6015 Comprehensive School Counseling Program Development & Implementation (3) 

One to Two (1-2*) courses should be taken from the following:

  • COUN 5080 Diagnosis and Psychopathology (3)
  • COUN 5992 Couples and Family Counseling (3)
  • COUN 5993 Addiction Counseling (3)
  • PSY 5010 Death, Dying, and Bereavement (3)
  • PSY 5040 Behavior Modification (3)
  • PSY 5320 Learning and Behavioral Disorders (3)
  • PSY 5990 Thesis (6)
  • EDUC 5550 Teaching & Learning*
  • EDUC 5080 Classroom Organization & Management*

* In order to meet Tennessee state licensure requirements, students without prior teaching experience must take these electives within the first year of enrollment

Students can be considered for a dual track option on a case-by-case situation based on performance to date.  Students must submit a written letter to his/her academic advisor stating a rationale including career goals and a pathway to completing both programs.  Consideration for dual track enrollment will be contingent upon space availability and goodness of fit determined by the program coordinator and counseling faculty.


When in the School Counseling concentration seeking dual track in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, the following additional courses (18 hours) are required:

  • COUN 5080 Diagnosis and Psychopathology (3)
  • COUN 5180 Theory and Practice in Clinical Supervision (3)
  • COUN 5200 Foundation of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • COUN 5170 Practicum in Mental Health Counseling (3)
  • COUN 5720 Internship in Mental Health Counseling (6)


Important Message about Dual Track Programming

  • Graduate assistantships will not cover the additional semester(s) needed to complete a dual track program 
  • There may be limitations to what financial aid will cover and additional courses for a dual track program may not be covered by financial aid
  • Your graduation date will be delayed until all additional credits to complete a dual track program are met
  • Completing a dual track program does not afford you second degree.  It is only intended to provide you with the additional coursework needed to pursue additional state licensure. (clinical mental health and school counseling)

**Successful completion of a comprehensive exam is also required

Possible changes in Tennessee certification requirements or accreditation may significantly alter this program of study. Please consult with the Coordinator of the Counseling Program (Dr. Deborah Buchanan) for current information.

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Education Specialist (ED.S.)

32-33 credit hours 

* The Education Specialist Program is Not Currently Accepting Applications

The Education Specialist program is designed to permit students to achieve a degree level higher than the master's. The major is Education with concentrations available in Administration and Supervision, School Counseling, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education.  The psychology department offers one concentration, School Counseling, under the Educational Specialist Programs of Study.  Please consult with Dr. Deborah Buchanan for current information.