Education and Human ServicesHuman Services (Counseling) Programs
IntroductionThe Department of Human Services programs share a common curriculum of courses associated with five different counseling concentrations. Students may choose to obtain a M.A. or M.S. degree in counseling with a specialization in mental health counseling; business and organizational management counseling; community counseling; marriage and family counseling; counseling exceptional children; or students may choose to obtain either a M.R.C. degree with a specialization in severe disabilities or chemical dependency, or a M.Ed. in school counseling.
Students entering the Human Services Department must complete a program of study that includes a general core curriculum and requirements specific for their area of concentration. Students plan their program of study in consultation with their faculty advisor, and elective courses may be chosen as appropriate.
Students must pass a written comprehensive examination at the conclusion of their plan of study. Department faculty will endorse students completing all requirements of their degree program.
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has conferred accreditation to the following program areas in the department: mental health counseling; community counseling and school counseling (M.Ed.). The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) has accredited both rehabilitation counseling programs: severe disabilities and chemical dependency.
AdmissionIn addition to meeting requirements for admission established by the School of Graduate Studies (these requirements can be reviewed at this Web site http://www.wright.edu/academics/catalog/grad/admissions/), candidates for these degrees who do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 3.3 to waive the GRE or MAT, must submit satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores, unless otherwise noted (see Waiver of GRE/MAT).
All students considering graduate-level courses in human services should do so with the understanding that graduate study differs in quality expectations from undergraduate study. Graduate study requires that students be increasingly self-directed and possess strong analytical skills. Students are not guaranteed a masters degree by attending and completing courses. Exit requirements must be met in all programs.
Admission to the College of Education and Human Services is based on the candidates written statement of purpose, consideration of undergraduate and/or graduate cumulative grade point average, submission of satisfactory scores on either the MAT, GRE, or other required examination, and in some cases, letters of reference and a personal interview (see Waiver of GRE/MAT).
For admission to the college, all College of Education and Human Services, graduate students part-time and full-time, will be expected to certify that they own or have access to a computer and the Internet.
In order to meet the mission of the college to prepare professionals to meet the educational and human services needs of a diverse, democratic society, it is necessary for our students to play an active role in the technological environment the college and Wright State University are creating to assist in the completion of this mission. An increasing number of classes and options will become available to students using a variety of distributed learning formats; library resources are available in a growing number of full-text formats, and global connections via telecommunications will be part of daily operations. Students preparing to become professionals in education and human service areas must demonstrate appropriate and effective skills and knowledge in technological aspects of their work.
Minimum equipment requirements are recommended by Wright State Universitys Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS). Please check the following Web Site http://www.wright.edu/cats/purchase/pcguidelines.html for current information about minimum equipment requirements.
The college supports Macintosh computers in faculty and staff offices and maintains a computer lab. Wright State University has purchased a site license for most Microsoft software (see the Web page for Wright States Computing and Telecommunications Services, http://www.wright.edu/cats/ for details).
Admission into regular status requires an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 grading system) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5, but with a 3.0 or better for the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree. Admission into this status also requires approval by a degree program.
Candidates with a grade point average of less than 2.3 on a 4.0 grading system are not ordinarily admitted to graduate school. A petition process is available to formally request admissions not having met an admission standard. Candidates for admission to the Department of Human Services must meet additional requirements, which include three letters of reference, a personal interview, and a writing sample.
Waiver of GRE/MAT
Candidates to Human Services programs may not be required to submit passing GRE or MAT scores if their cumulative undergraduate GPA is a 3.3 or higher.
Under certain conditions, a student may be admitted provisionally (for one quarter only), pending receipt of credentials. If admission requirements are not met during the quarter in which a student was admitted provisionally, registration for future quarters will be denied and the student will lose graduate credit for any graduate courses completed during the quarter.
Students who have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or better, or who have an average between 2.3 and 2.5 with 2.7 or better in the last half of undergraduate work, may be granted conditional admission.
Regular admission to the College of Education and Human Services is granted after successful completion of 12 hours of course work with a grade of B or better in each course.
Persons who have a bachelors degree may enroll in nondegree status for graduate courses without being admitted to a graduate program. If you wish to enroll in a degree program, only 12 hours of such credits may be applied to a degree program in the Department of Human Services.
Degree RequirementsLicensure Requirements for Professional Counselors (PC)
Students seeking to pursue eligibility for licensure as a professional counselor (PC) must complete a minimum of 90 hours. These 90 hours of courses must meet the state minimum requirement of 11 core areas of counselor training and five clinical areas. The 11 core areas include Counseling Theory and Practice (RHB 701); Techniques of Counseling (CNL 863); Counseling Practicum (CNL 864, 865 or RHB 865); Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling (CNL 973); Counseling for Life-Span Development (CNL 971); Group Background and Theory, or Group Processes in Counseling and Guidance (CNL 667 or 767); Career Development and Information Services (CNL 762); Behavioral Assessment (RHB 705); Statistics and Program Evaluation (EDL 751) - Human Services section; Legal, Professional, and Ethical Issues in the Human Services (CNL 972); and Counseling Internship (CNL 867, 954 or RHB 801).
The five clinical areas include the following courses: Personality Theory and Psychopathology (CNL 950); Clinical Assessment in Counseling Practice (CNL 951); Diagnosis and Clinical Counseling Practice (CNL 952); depending on the students major one of the following courses: Marriage and Family Counseling (CNL 779), Crisis Intervention (CNL 664), Mental Health II (CNL 773), Techniques of Child Counseling (CNL 769), Techniques of Play Therapy (CNL 778), Counseling the Gifted (CNL 961), Psychological Adjustment: Severe Disability (RHB 704), Treatment Approaches in Chemical Dependency (RHB 731), and Case Formulation and Clinical Intervention (CNL 953). Students needing to complete additional internship hours beyond what is required in their program may also need to take CNL 954, Advanced Clinical Internship.
Licensure Requirements for Professional Clinical Counselors (PCC)
Students seeking to pursue eligibility for licensure as a professional counselor with the clinical endorsement (PCC) must complete 90 hours of counseling credits. These 90 hours of courses must meet the state minimum requirement of 11 areas of counselor training and five clinical areas. The Mental Health Counseling concentration meets all state requirements for counseling licensure. All other concentrations require additional course work to meet the 90 hours minimum requirement. In addition to completing the 90 hours of course work, PCC applicants must also complete 3,000 clock hours of supervised work experience after the awarding of PC licensure.
Gregory R. Bernhardt (dean), education, counselor education
Diane E. Frey, counselor education
Jan La Forge, rehabilitation counseling
Stephen B. Fortson (chair), counselor education
Phyllis A. Henderson, counselor education
Mary Ann Jones, counselor education
Carol Wagner Williams, rehabilitation counseling
Richard A. Wantz, counselor education
Joseph Keferl, rehabilitation counseling
Eileen F. Self, counselor education
Donna Tromski-Klingshirn, counselor education
Barbara Dunaway, American sign language
Greta Knigga, American sign language
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