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MAED: School Counseling
Designed for working educators, this cohort-based Master’s degree program prepares students to serve as public and private school counselors in grades K-12 and meets the requirements of the pupil personnel services credential, which authorizes service as a school counselor in the state of California. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared to work as a school counselor in the state of California. The program is offered online and in a blended format on Concordia University Irvine's campus.
The MAED in School Counseling requires a minimum of 48 units. MAED coursework focuses on the theory and skills needed by today’s school counselors to work in diverse school settings in areas including: academic, career, personal and social development counseling and guidance; educational assessment; counseling diverse populations and exceptional students; crisis response and management; school-wide prevention and intervention programs; providing consultation, training and professional development for teachers and parents; counseling program development; and law and ethics in schools.
Blended courses feature both face-to-face and online learning.
This delivery system was designed to meet the needs of students who prefer the flexibility provided by an online program. There are two online options.
This course will provide an introduction and overview of basic counseling skills and interpersonal relationship concepts. Students will be introduced to theory, roles, functions, and current issues of school counseling with a focus on basic introductory skills needed by today's school counselors to work with diverse populations in educational and professional settings.
This course will provide the foundations and dimensions for the school counselor in relation to principles, practices, and needs assessment within the framework of a school-based counseling program. An overall understanding of the school as an organization and how the school counselor works within that organization will be emphasized. as students develop skills essential to the consulting process and collaboration among professionals, parents, and students.
This course will provide students with skills in administering academic achievement tests and a variety of education assessments using standardized academic tests, scoring, and test manuals. An understanding of diverse populations and settings that may be encountered in providing quality educational assessment will be incorporated.
This course will provide an overview of the major theories and techniques of counseling and psychotherapy as the history, prominent figures, and current application of these theories are explored. Current best practices in school counseling in diverse settings, critical examination of major theories in the guided formation of their own personal style, and approach to school counseling will also be emphasized.
Students will learn and apply principles of interpersonal communication in this course with an emphasis is on psychological, social, cultural, and linguistic factors which affect person-to-person interaction. Group leadership, purpose, development, dynamics, and methods will be investigated.
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Complete your Master's degree in School Counseling by enrolling in our fully online, synchronous program. Learners will take one content course and one practicum/fieldwork experience at a time for most 8 week terms. Within our fast-track, learners will take courses during a Summer 2 term.
International students, please complete PDF application.
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As a school psychologist in a public elementary school, and a well-loved adjunct professor at Concordia Irvine, Dr. Antonia Brown creates atmospheres of acceptance and encouragement for others. “We become family with the students,” Brown says. “They have to trust that you’ll support them, point them in the right direction and tell them, ‘You’re doing okay. You’re going to get there.’ Students in my classes have faith and love coming toward them.”
The MAED in School Counseling cohort-based degree program is directed toward the preparation of school counselors for service in public and private schools in grades K-12 in the state of California. The program is offered online or on-campus at Concordia University Irvine.
During these meetings, we will discuss the application process, financial aid, payment plans, and any specific questions that you may have. Face-to-face meetings run approximately 30 minutes. Online meetings run approximately 20 minutes.
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Concordia’s School of Education offers a competitively priced online or blended degree program. For your convenience we offer payment plans for our graduate students. Our counselors are available to help you plan how to finance your education. We can also walk you through the process of applying for financial aid.
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Concordia’s School of Education offers four different teaching credentials, four distinctive Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) graduate degrees, and a Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership. Classes are small and focused on the development of critical, independent thinking, and are taught by experienced Christian faculty members. CUI’s School of Education enjoys an excellent reputation in the academic community as thousands of graduates lead in schools throughout the region. Students gain targeted knowledge and proficient skills to connect, care, collaborate, and create in their unique role in education. Our goal is to equip students to pursue opportunities and advance their career.
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Applicant must hold a valid bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
To complete your MAED School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential admission file you will need the following: