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Curriculum Guide and Course Schedule

Program outline for Career Counseling emphasis.

The career counseling emphasis in the Counselor Education M.Ed. Program is a two-year program with a fall semester start date. Students are required to complete 60-credits, including a one (40 hours per week) or two (20 hours per week) semester internship that includes both individual and group supervision.

Fall Semester (12 credits & potential elective)
CNED 404 (3) Group Procedures in Guidance and Counseling
CNED 500 (3) Introduction to Counseling and Development
CNED 501 (3) Counseling: Theory and Method
CNED 506 (3) Individual Counseling Skills

Spring Semester (12 credits & potential elective)
CNED 505 (3) Foundations of Career Development and Counseling Information
CNED 525 (3) Use of Tests in Counseling
CNED 595A (3) Counseling Practicum
CNED or WFED 424 (3) Facilitating Career Development

Summer Semester (3 credits & potential elective)
CNED 532 (3) Diagnosis

Fall Semester (12 credits & potential elective)
CNED 555 (3) Career Counseling
CNED 507 (3) Multicultural Issues in Counseling
CNED 526 (3) Research
CNED 595G (3-6) Internship

Spring Semester (12 credits & potential elective)
CNED 595G (3-6) Internship
CNED 597 (3) Management of the College and University Career Center in the 21st Century
CNED 596 (3) Individual Studies (Master's Paper)


Electives (12 credits; 6 credits must be outside Counselor Education)

Electives will be selected in consultation with the Career Counseling emphasis coordinator and are based upon the student's preferred work setting and what would be developmentally beneficial for the student.

Samples of courses within Counselor Education that can serve as electives:

  • CNED 503/504 (3) Organization and Administration of Guidance Services in School Counseling
  • CNED 523 (3) Child Counseling
  • CNED 524 (3) Counseling Adolescents
  • CNED 530 (3) Family Counseling: Theory & Practice
  • CNED 554 (3) Advanced Multicultural Counseling


Samples of courses outside of Counselor Education that can serve as electives:

  • ADTED 549 (HI ED 549) Community Junior College and the Technical Institute (2-3) Distinctive contributions to meeting the need for post-secondary education, development, functions, curriculum and instruction, government, administration, and finance.
  • WF ED 450 (US;IL) Cultural Diversity in the Workplace (3) Provides opportunities for students to explore different cultures and mores that are changing the dynamics of the workplace.
  • WF ED 471 Training in Industry and Business (3) Appraisal of training functions and development of competencies in work analysis, design, development, delivery, and evaluation of training.
  • WF ED 542 Social and Economic Foundations of Workforce Education and Development (3) Review of labor force, demographic and economic concepts, measures, and models.
  • PSY 597B Work Motivation: Theories, Research, and Organizational Interventions (3) An in-depth review of theories and studies that predict and evaluate interventions designed to increase work motivation and/or work attitudes.
  • HD FS 425 (US) Work as a Context for Human Development (3) Theory and research on role of work in adult development; interrelationships between work and family; workplace interventions to enhance development.
  • HD FS 445 (PSYCH 416) Development Throughout Adulthood (3) Processes of development and change of behavior from early adulthood through old age, emphasizing theory, method, and empirical research.
  • SOC 455 Work and Occupations (3) Work and occupational life in modern society; work in the past, present, and future. 

Prerequisite: 3 credits in sociology
  • SOC 456 (WMNST 456) Gender, Occupations, and Professions (3) The role of gender in shaping contemporary North American patterns of employment, occupational roles, and statuses.

Master’s students in the Career Counseling emphasis are required to complete the Master’s Paper (CN ED 596) connected to their internship classes. The Master’s Paper is a proposal, including an introduction, literature review, intervention design, and evaluation plan.

Our program follows a cohort model. Students are admitted once a year and begin study in the Fall. They complete Fall and Spring semesters in Year 1, summer session between Year 1 and 2, and complete Fall and Spring semesters in Year 2.