M.Ed., Counseling

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M.Ed. Degree

The University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate counseling program prepares students to become culturally responsive, effective counseling practitioners through course work and supervised internship experiences that emphasize an ecological perspective. Students who complete the school counseling track, a 48-credit-hour program, are eligible to be certified as school counselors in Alaska. Students who complete the clinical mental health counseling track, a 60-credit-hour program, are eligible for licensure as professional counselors with additional post-degree requirements. Students who complete this track are eligible to work in community and mental health agencies or as private clinicians once licensed.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, has granted accreditation to the following programs in the UAF School of Education counseling program: clinical mental health counseling (M.Ed.) and school counseling (M.Ed.).

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Complete the following admission requirements:

  1. Application deadline: March 1 for admission to the following fall semester, Oct. 1 for admission to the following spring semester.
  2. Application requires a bachelor's degree preferably in a human service area such as education, social work, psychology, human services, etc. Graduates from other undergraduate majors, who have experience in the human service field or demonstrated motivation to enter the field of counseling, may also apply.
  3. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate degree or take the Graduate Record Exam.
  4. Statement of academic goals addressing applicant's motivations, personal characteristics, experience, education and intentions for earning the counseling degree.
  5. Professional resume including education, work, volunteer or life experience relevant to the field of counseling.
  6. Three letters of references from professional, academic or character sources.
  7. All applicants will be required to interview with the counseling faculty as part of the admissions process. 

Additional requirements:

  1. Submit a disclosure statement upon admission to the program. Resubmit annually.
  2. Submit a national-level criminal background check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to seeing clients during COUN F634P
  3. Complete internship placements appropriate to the student's declared area of interest.
  4. Complete background check procedure required by the school or clinical mental health field practicum or internship placement. The procedure varies depending on placement.
  5. Pass a comprehensive exam.

Minimum Requirements for Counseling Masters Degree: 48-60 credits

Concentrations: SCHOOL COUNSELINGK-12 SCHOOL COUNSELINGCLINICAL MENTAL HEALTHCLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH AND SCHOOL COUNSELINGCLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH AND K-12 SCHOOL COUNSELING

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
Master’s Degree Requirements
Complete the master’s degree requirements.
Counseling Program Requirements
Complete the following:
COUN F601Research in Counseling and Educational Settings3
COUN F615Foundations of Counseling3
COUN F623Counseling Theories and Applications I3
COUN F627Developmental Interventions3
COUN F628Child and Adolescent Development3
COUN F632Career Development3
COUN F630Appraisal for Counselors3
COUN F635Field Practicum3
COUN F636Internship I 13
COUN F647Professional Ethics3
COUN F660Multicultural Counseling3
COUN F674Group Counseling3
COUN F686Internship II 13
Complete 3-6 credits from the following3-6
Non-thesis Research/Project 2
Thesis
Other department approved electives
Concentrations
Complete one from the following concentrations:3-30
School Counseling (elementary or secondary)
K-12 School Counseling (elementary and secondary)
Clinical Mental Health

Concentrations 

School Counseling

Complete the following:
COUN F617PPre-practicum3
or COUN F634P Practicum
COUN F646School Counseling3

K-12 School counseling 

Complete the following:
COUN F617PPre-practicum3
or COUN F634P Practicum
COUN F646School Counseling3
COUN F687Internship III 13

 Clinical mental health

Complete the following:
COUN F629Counseling Interventions for Adults3
COUN F634PPracticum3
COUN F638Adult Development3
COUN F650Multicultural Psychopathology3
COUN F651Counseling for Addictions3
COUN F666Family and Couples Counseling3

Clinical mental health and school counseling

Complete the following courses for both clinical mental health concentration and school counseling at one level (elementary or secondary)
COUN F629Counseling Interventions for Adults3
COUN F634PPracticum3
COUN F636Internship I 13
COUN F638Adult Development3
COUN F646School Counseling3
COUN F650Multicultural Psychopathology3
COUN F651Counseling for Addictions3
COUN F666Family and Couples Counseling3
COUN F686Internship II 13

Clinical mental health and k-12 school counseling

Complete the following courses for both clinical mental health concentration and K-12 school counseling (elementary and secondary)
COUN F629Counseling Interventions for Adults3
COUN F634PPracticum3
COUN F636Internship I 13
COUN F638Adult Development3
COUN F646School Counseling3
COUN F650Multicultural Psychopathology3
COUN F651Counseling for Addictions3
COUN F666Family and Couples Counseling3
COUN F686Internship II 13
COUN F687Internship III 13

Note: Courses assigned by the student’s graduate committee to remove deficiencies will not be allowed as part of the graduate program.