The primary purpose of the graduate programs in Counseling and Human Services is to prepare counselors and other human services personnel to serve as competent school and community counselors, and to create specialized service in student.
The School Counseling Program is designed to prepare professionals for work as school counselors in elementary, middle, and high schools.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is designed to prepare professional for work in community settings such as counseling centers, agencies, business and industrial and private practice. Students receive preparation in working with individuals, groups, couples, families and organizations.
Selection of a university and graduate program of study is an important decision. Therefore, prospective students are required to meet and consult with a departmental faculty advisor as part of the application process. Students should schedule an appointment to discuss career goals and special circumstances with a member of the faculty as soon as possible by calling 719-255-4996 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This meeting will also serve as an admissions interview for the program.
The Department of Counseling and Human Services faculty select a day and evening cohort of students that begin their academic program each year beginning in June. Admission to the program is a selective process with enrollment limited to 50 qualified students (25 students in the day cohort and 25 in the evening cohort). Students are chosen during the spring semester for admission the following summer. Up to nine hours of approved coursework may be completed as an Unclassified Student or as a transfer student prior to admission. Successful completion of Unclassified Student or Transfer Student coursework does not ensure admission to the program. Consult with a faculty member about courses you wish to take as an unclassified student or to transfer, as certain rules apply to these courses.
To be considered for admission to the Counseling and Human Services program, prospective students must complete the following procedures:
Application deadline is February 28
College of Education students who will complete a field experience as part of their degree program must submit fingerprint cards to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in order to be appropriately screened before entering schools or agencies as a fieldwork student. Students who have completed a background check utilizing fingerprints for employment (and can provide proof) do not have to repeat this process as part of their fieldwork requirements. In some cases, an educator who held a license prior to 2004 will not have fingerprints on file. Under current law these educators will be required to complete the fingerprint requirement when submitting an application.
Admission to the Department of Counseling and Human Services is based on a combination of the following factors:
The Department of Counseling and Human Services “Core Experience” is a six or seven course developmental training sequence beginning in the initial summer semester and lasting for one full academic year (summer, fall and spring semesters). Students admitted to the program must commit to completing these Core courses in sequence during their first year in the program. Students planning to complete their program in two years must complete a 100 clock hour practicum as part of their “Core” year. Student’s planning to complete their program in three years may choose to take practicum in the spring semester of their second year in the program.
After the completion of practicum, all students are required to complete a 600 clock hour internship. The 700 clock hour practicum and internship experience is necessary to complete the requirements for graduation from the program, and are completed in addition to required academic coursework and on-campus supervision groups. Applicants who anticipate problems in completing the 700 clock hour clinical experience portion of the counselor training program (practicum and internship) should consider other options for their graduate study.
The Counseling and Human Services counselor training program is specifically designed to meet the needs of the adult learner. All students must begin the program in June of the summer semester. Students are admitted to one of two cohort groups: a daytime cohort or an evening cohort, each cohort admits approximately 25 students. Students must commit to taking all their classes in the specific cohort group to which they are admitted.
Students need to be aware that the 4:45PM – 7:20PM time slot is used for classes that combine students from the day and evening cohorts (COUN 5800, 5810, 5920, 5440 and others). Group Supervision Classes for Practicum (COUN 5120) and Internship (COUN 5700 & 5720) for both the day and evening cohorts will be scheduled in the evening in the 7:30PM- 10:05PM time slot to permit students to accrue hours for their field work experience hours during the day.
Students admitted to the Department of Counseling and Human Services Master’s degree program should plan to complete their degree within a three year time period. Counseling faculty members recommend that students complete the program of study in two years if possible. If this is not feasible every effort should be made to complete the program within three years. Students who will need three years to complete the program may elect to postpone their counseling practicum until the second year and postpone internship and other required courses until the third year.
According to Graduate School Rules, students may transfer no more than nine semester hours of recent and approved graduate credit or credit as an unclassified student to their Master’s degree program. Recent credit is defined as approved graduate coursework completed within six years of date of graduation from the Department of Counseling and Human Services. Requests to transfer courses should discussed with your academic advisor and then be submitted to the Departmental Administrative Assistant who will forward the requests to the Chair, Department of Counseling and Human Services for approval.
All requests for transfer credits and credits for courses taken as an unclassified student must be approved by the student’s advisor, the CHS Department Chair and the Dean of the College of Education as well as the Dean of Graduate School. Students must ensure that their transfer/unclassified credit hours meet the Graduate School requirements and are approved at all levels. Students should seek approval for these courses early in their degree program.
In summary, nine semester hours of faculty approved transfer/unclassified credit may be applied toward the on-campus degree program. The following courses are the only ones that may be taken as an Unclassified Student:
The Department of Counseling and Human Services has decided to offer an early admissions process taking place for the first time Fall 2013. This will make successful candidates eligible for early admission in Spring 2014. Each year in the Spring semester, the department selects 50 candidates, 25 for the day and 25 for the evening cohort. The early admissions process creates a window, in the fall semester, for a small number of the slots to be filled early. This provides an opportunity to secure your slot in our next cohort as well as the ability to take classes as an admitted student early. Early admission: will occur annually during the end of the fall semester.
Below are some important dates:
Application Deadline for Early Spring 2014 Admission:
November 1, 2013
Decision regarding admittance: December 1, 2013
On campus interviews: Nov 22, 2013
Slots are limited so apply now!
All standard application requirements are in effect for early admission applicants such as undergraduate transcripts, goal statement, letters of rec, background check, completion of graduate school application, and GRE/MAT scores (waived if you have a Masters degree). Eligible students must have a Bachelors degree and all application materials must be completed by November 1, 2013. For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Student Resource Office (SRO) at 719-255-4996 or email@example.com. Applicants will be required to attend an on-campus interview process with department faculty Nov 22, 2013, 8:30am to 1:00pm. The SRO will be in contact with applicants regarding specific information about the on-campus interview process.
As slots are limited, not all applicants are guaranteed to be selected. Applicants who are not selected will have their applications forwarded to the Spring admissions process which allows students to be eligible to apply for admittance into the cohort beginning Summer 2014. Students who are not selected for early admission are also eligible to take courses as an unclassified student during the Spring semester and then can seek admittance during the spring application process for the next available cohort.
November 1 (Early application deadline for spring semester available every fall)
February 28 (Regular Admission for annual cohort)