Counselor Education with Specialization in Student Development in Higher Education M.S.

Program Rationale:

The mission of the student development master's degree program is to prepare graduates to function effectively as student development specialists in rapidly changing institutions of higher education. Students are trained to understand and to meet the developmental needs of college students, taking into account worldviews and expectations which are influenced by age, ethnic background, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, and other "non-traditional" perspectives. Graduates are prepared to function as student affairs professionals in higher education settings, such as student activities, academic advising, career counseling, orientation, first-year experience programs, residence halls, and learning centers.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the program are expected to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of theory, practice, and ethical standards relative to the practice of student development in higher education;
  • demonstrate appropriate counseling, advising, and group facilitation techniques for use with students, staff, and faculty in higher education;
  • demonstrate the ability to collaborate with colleagues throughout their institutions for purposes of creating and assessing learning experiences for students;
  • identify a wide range of world views based on culture and life experience, including their own, and use this understanding to communicate effectively across cultural and personal differences; and
  • demonstrate knowledge of federal and state laws pertinent to roles and functions of student affairs professionals and to the responsible management of colleges and universities.

Admission Requirements for Student Development in Higher Education

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Admissions to the School Counseling, Clinical Professional Counseling, and Student Development in Higher Education programs are made on a competitive basis only one time per year. All applications must be completed and received by March 1 for summer admission. Candidates for admission will be considered on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Grade point average: Minimum 2.70 grade point average (GPA) for all undergraduate courses and a 3.00 for all graduate courses, based on a 4.00 point scale where A is 4.00
  2. Three recommendations from individuals able to testify to the student’s suitability as a prospective counselor.
  3. A 2–3 page typewritten (double spaced) essay describing the following:

       a. Reasons for entering the counseling profession.
       b. Personal and professional experiences that influenced you to pursue the counseling profession.
       c. Personal characteristics you believe will contribute to your success as a counselor.

    4. A personal interview by the program’s faculty admissions committee. The committee will assess the student’s personal attributes and life experiences that might  contribute to the student’s potential for success as a professional counselor.

The admissions application, application fee, and official transcripts from each college/university (except CCSU) where any course has been taken must be sent directly to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office.
Recommendations and the essay must be sent directly to the Counseling and Family Therapy Department.

Contact: 860-832-2154


Course and Capstone Requirements

Core Courses

CNSL 500The Dynamics of Group Behavior

3

CNSL 501Theories and Techniques in Counseling

6

CNSL 503Supervised Counseling Practicum

3

Total Credit Hours:12

Directed Electives

CNSL 521Career Counseling and Development

3

CNSL 525Multicultural Counseling

3

CNSL 530Student Development in Higher Education

3

CNSL 531Student Services in Higher Education

3

CNSL 532Program Design in Student Services

3

CNSL 533Legal, Financial, and Policy Issues in Student Affairs

3

CNSL 592Supervised Internship in Higher Education

3

CNSL 592Supervised Internship in Higher Education

3

CNSL 598Research Methods in Counseling

3

Additional course as approved by advisor

3

Total Credit Hours:30

CNSL 598 may be waived by advisor based on undergraduate record of statistics and research.

 

CNSL 592 is to be taken 2 semesters.

Capstone

Plan A:

CNSL 599Thesis

3

or

Plan B:

Comprehensive Exam

(consists of a major case presentation done in conjunction with the student's internship experience)

Total Credit Hours: 42-45