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    COUNSELOR EDUCATION – CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH AND SCHOOL COUNSELING
    The Counselor Education Department currently offers the master of arts degree in clinical mental health counseling and
    school counseling, and the certificate of advanced study in community counseling and school counseling. The clinical
    mental health counseling concentration prepares candidates to work in a variety of human service settings, including
    clinical mental health counseling centers, career centers, substance abuse centers, crisis counseling centers, and other
    clinical mental health agencies offering counseling services. The school counseling concentration prepares candidates
    to work as counselors in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Candidates are endorsed for certification and/or job
    placement only in their area of concentration.

    Counseling courses are offered under the guidance of faculty members who are nationally recognized in the field through
    their publications and active service in national professional organizations. The programs are designed to develop knowl-
    edge and skill in nine areas: human growth and development; the helping relationship; lifestyle and career development;
    research and evaluation; social and cultural foundations; group counseling; individual appraisal; professional orientation;
    and clinical skills.

    The M.A. programs are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Pro-
    grams (CACREP), a coveted credential. Students benefit from the University’s location in an area with many forward-look-
    ing school systems and clinical mental health agencies. These provide excellent opportunities for internships, research,
    and postgraduate employment.
                                                                    Requirements for the CAS
    FACULTY ADVISOR                                                 The CAS programs in community counseling and school
    Dr. Diana Hulse                                                 counseling require a minimum of 30 post master’s
    Professor of Counselor Education                                graduate-level credit hours, including clinical courses,
    (203) 254-4000, ext. 4250                                       and completion of requirements as outlined on an
    Dhulse@fairfield.edu                                            individualized plan of study.

    Dr. Hulse serves as the faculty advisor for applicants          PREPARATION FOR CONNECTICUT STATE
    to Counselor Education and is the contact person for            LICENSURE AND NATIONAL COUNSELOR
    questions about the programs.
                                                                    CERTIFICATION
                                                                    Candidates who graduate from the Counselor Education
    COURSE OF STUDY                                                 master’s degree programs will have completed the
    Requirements for the M.A.                                       requirements to sit for the national certification exam
    Counselor education candidates in both concentrations           and some of the requirements to become a licensed
    must complete a minimum of 60 credits for the M.A. de-          professional counselor within the state of Connecticut.
    gree and are expected to maintain an overall grade point        The department offers the national certification exam;
    average of 3.00. The M.A. program of study in school coun-      passing this exam results in national counselor certifica-
    seling allows candidates to complete the state certifica-       tion. In addition, this exam serves as the counselor licens-
    tion requirements.                                              ing examination in Connecticut. Candidates who complete
                                                                    60 credits and pass the exam will be required to obtain
                                                                    3,000 supervised clinical hours and 100 hours of super-
vision under a licensed professional counselor prior to       Elective courses (three credits)
applying for state licensure. Candidates graduating with
a Certificate of Advanced Study degree are not covered        Comprehensive examination, which may be taken during the
under these guidelines and need to obtain national certifi-   last semester of study or one semester prior.
cation and state licensure on an individual basis according
to guidelines outlined by the National Board of Certified     School Counseling (minimum of 48 credits)
Counselors and Connecticut Department of Public Health.
The Counselor Education Department is an approved Na-         Social and Cultural Foundations (three credits)
tional Board for Certified Counselors continuing education    • CN 433 Multicultural Issues in Counseling
units provider.
                                                              Human Development (six credits)
PROGRAMS OF STUDY (M.A.)                                      • CN 447 Lifespan Human Development
Clinical Mental Health Counseling                             • PY 436 Psychopathology and Classification I
(minimum of 60 credits)
                                                              Professional Orientation (three credits)
                                                              • CN 468 Professional Issues in Counseling
Social and Cultural Foundations (three credits)
• CN 433 Multicultural Issues in Counseling
                                                              Helping Relationship (six credits)
                                                              • CN 500 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
Human Development (six credits)
                                                              • CN 553 Counseling Relationships and Skills
• CN 447 Lifespan Human Development
• PY 437 Psychopathology and Classification II
                                                              Group Work (three credits)
                                                              • CN 455 Group Work: Theories and Practice
Professional Orientation (three credits)
• CN 468 Professional Issues in Counseling
                                                              Lifestyle and Career Development (three credits)
                                                              • CN 457 Career Development: Theory and Practice
Helping Relationship (six credits)
• CN 500 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
                                                              Appraisal (three credits)
• CN 553 Counseling Relationships and Skills
                                                              • CN 467 Assessment in Counseling
Group Work (three credits)
                                                              Research and Evaluation (three credits)
• CN 455 Group Work: Theory and Practice
                                                              • CN 566 Research Methodology
Lifestyle and Career Development (three credits)
                                                              Clinical Instruction (nine to 15 credits)**
• CN 457 Career Development: Theories and Practice
                                                              • CN 558 Counseling Practicum
                                                              • CN 590S Internship: School Counseling
Appraisal (three credits)
• CN 467 Assessment in Counseling
                                                              Specialized Curriculum (nine credits)
                                                              • CN 531 School Counseling: Procedures, Organization,
Research and Evaluation (three credits)
                                                                and Evaluation
• CN 566 Research Methodology
                                                              • ED 429 Philosophical Foundations of Education*
                                                              • SE 405 Exceptional Learners in the Mainstream*
Clinical Instruction (six to nine credits)**
• CN 558 Counseling Practicum
                                                              Comprehensive examination, which may be taken during the
• CN 590C Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
                                                              last semester of study or one semester prior.
Specialized Curriculum (18 credits)
                                                              * Not required for M.A., but required for school counseling
• CN 432 Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Management,
                                                                certification when the candidate lacks a valid Connecticut
  Delivery, and Evaluation
                                                                Educator Certificate.
• CN 465 Introduction to Substance Abuse and Addictions
                                                              **Grades of B or better are required in the sequence of
• CN 515 Trauma and Crisis Intervention
                                                                 clinical coursework.
• CN 585 Introduction to Clinical Supervision
• FT 550 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
• PY 480 Consulting Theory and Practice
PRACTICA, INTERNSHIPS, AND RESEARCH                              6. Official transcripts from all universities/colleges
Practica and internship experiences help students develop           attended. We generally expect applicants to have a
their counseling skills in real settings under close faculty        minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0. Any
supervision. Faculty members conduct weekly group super-            applicant whose undergraduate GPA is lower than 2.67
vision sessions on campus, attending to clinical, preven-           must request and receive a GPA waiver from the
tive, consulting, and professional issues. Students take            department. Waivers are granted on a case by case
advantage of audio and video taping systems to help them            basis and may require supplemental undergraduate
analyze and improve their techniques. The program has               coursework to increase the undergraduate GPA and/or
an excellent record of intern placement in both urban and           earning a B or better in two or more approved graduate-
suburban schools, and in family service, youth service, and         level courses. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated
women’s support agencies. Students are also encouraged              by an approved evaluating service. A list of approved
to pursue original research. Some have recently published           evaluators is available at www.fairfield.edu/eval
articles in the Connecticut Counseling Journal, and others       7. School Counseling only- Passing scores for the PRAXIS
have taken significant roles in workshops and group                 I test requirement or have this requirement waived
counseling sessions for school and community groups.                based on appropriate SAT, ACT, GRE or PAA scores.
                                                                    www.ets.org/praxis
                                                                 8. Two recommendations, one of which must be,
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
                                                                    preferably, from a current employer or supervisor
School Counseling graduates are well represented
                                                                 9. Participate in an admissions interview (applicants are
throughout Connecticut at the elementary, middle school,
                                                                    notified regarding an interview after a paper review of
and high school levels, as well as in other states.
                                                                    their credentials.)
                                                                10. Students from non-English speaking countries are
Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates are
                                                                    required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign
employed throughout the region, advising on substance
                                                                    Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite
abuse, domestic violence, family issues, careers, and
                                                                    score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-
other significant issues. Several students have gone on
                                                                    based, or 80 on the internet based test (iBT) is strongly
to doctoral study. Many alumni have earned honors for
                                                                    recommended for admission. Fairfield’s ETS code is
their counseling work and are active in professional
                                                                    3390. www.ets.org
organizations.

STUDENT PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION                               MEASLES AND RUBELLA IMMUNIZATION
                                                                Connecticut law requires that students born after
Chi Sigma Iota
                                                                December 31, 1956 provide proof of measles and rubella
                                                                immunization. This includes two doses of measles
ADMISSION                                                       vaccine administered at least one month apart (the second
Applicants for a master’s degree must hold a bachelor’s         dose must be given after December 31, 1979) and one dose
degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or   of rubella vaccine after the student’s first birthday.
the international equivalent) and give promise of meeting       The exception to this is students who provide laboratory
the standards set by the School.                                documentation of immunity to measles and rubella.

FORMAL ADMISSION PROCESS                                        Although this is not required to complete an application,
Deadlines:                                                      you must provide proof of immunization prior to course
October 1st                                                     registration. Please keep in mind that this process can
February 15th                                                   take some time, and that you must be in compliance
                                                                before registration. Immunization verification information
Students seeking admission must complete the following          should be submitted directly to the University’s Health
procedure. Submit:                                              Center. You can download the necessary form at
 1. A completed formal application                              www.fairfield.edu/immunization. Any questions regard-
 2. A completed supplemental application                        ing this policy should be directed to the University Health
 3. A non-refundable $60 application fee                        Center by calling (203) 254-4000, ext 2241.
 4. A professional résumé
 5. An admission essay                                          NON-MATRICULATED STUDENT STATUS
                                                                Under our Non-Matriculated Status option, qualified
                                                                students may take two or three courses (depending on the
                                                                program of study) before gaining admission to a degree or
                                                                certification program. This option provides a wonderful
                                                                opportunity for qualified students to explore degree



                                                                                                       www.fairfield.edu/grad
options and to confirm personal goals and readiness for      Alternate Loans Program
graduate study. Qualifications to be considered include      These loans help graduate and professional students pay
a Bachelor’s degree (required) and other qualifications      the cost of attending the University.
related to your preparedness for graduate-level studies
in the field of interest to you. Successful completion of    Tax Deductions                                                	
coursework does not guarantee formal admission.              Treasury regulation (1.162.5) permits an income tax deduc-
Students seeking non-matriculated admission can              tion for educational expenses (registration fees and the
find the application and directions for doing so at          cost of travel, meals, and lodging) undertaken to: maintain
www.fairfield.edu/gseap_adtypes.                             or improve skills required in one’s employment or other
                                                             trade or business; or meet express requirements of an
Individuals enrolled as non-matriculated students are not    employer or a law imposed as a condition to retention of
eligible for any tuition aid or financial support.           employment job status or rate of compensation.

NON-MATRICULATED ADVISING                                    Veterans Pride Program
Dr. Faith-Anne Dohm, Professor & Interim Associate Dean      Veterans may apply educational benefits to degree
(203) 254-4250                                               studies pursued at Fairfield University. To learn more
fdohm@fairfield.edu                                          about our enhanced financial aid benefits for veterans,
                                                             see www.fairfield.edu/veterans.
Dr. Dohm is the advisor for non-matriculated students.       Contact: Sheila McEnery
                                                             Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies
Individuals enrolled as non-matriculated students are not    (203) 254-4000, ext. 2500
eligible for any tuition aid or financial support.           smcenery@fairfield.edu

Questions about the application process or requirements      OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID
should be directed to the Office of Graduate & Continuing    We encourage all Fairfield University graduate students to
Studies Admission:                                           call or make an appointment to speak with our Associate
Phone: (203) 254-4184                                        Director of Financial Aid and Financial Aid Counselor for
Toll-Free: (888) 488-6840                                    Graduate and Continuing Studies, Diana M. DeVellis, for
Fax: (203) 254-4073                                          any assistance on applying for financial aid to help with
E-mail: gradadmis@fairfield.edu                              financing a graduate degree.

Office Operations                                            Contact Information
Days: Monday-Friday                                          Phone: (203) 254-4125
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.                                   Fax: (203) 254-4008
Location: Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center                    E-mail: finaid@fairfield.edu

TUITION/FINANCIAL AID                                        Office Operations
Academic Year 2009/2010                                      Days: Monday-Friday
Tuition: $545/ credit hour                                   Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
                                                             Location: Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center
Assistantships
A limited number of graduate assistantships are awarded      ONLINE CATALOG: For detailed course descriptions, sched-
each year. To be considered, contact the dean’s office       ules and other University information, please refer to our
(203) 254-4250 for an application or download an             online catalog www.fairfield.edu/catalogs
application from our website www.fairfield.edu/gradasst.
You may also be considered for an assistantship after your   GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION &
admission by contacting the program director.                ALLIED PROFESSIONS WEBSITE:
                                                             www.fairfield.edu/gseap
Financial Aid for Teachers and Allied Professionals
For scholarships and financial aid opportunities specific
to your field, visit www.fairfield.edu/gseap_finaid

Federal Stafford Loans
Under this program, graduate students may apply for
up to $20,500 per academic year, depending on their
educational costs.



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