Master of Arts in Education Degree in Secondary Education-School Counseling (P-12)

Master of Arts in Education Degree

The Master of Arts in Education degree is awarded in the following major fields: school counseling, instructional leadership, elementary education K-6, P-12 education, secondary education, and special education: collaborative teacher K-6 and/or 6-12. Programs range from 33-48 semester hours. See specific program requirements below.

Secondary Education (6-12) (ALSDE/NCATE  Approved)
Secondary Education

Prerequisite: valid Class B professional educator certificate in the field of study.

Required Courses
ED 000Graduate Orientation0
ED 601Methods of Educational Research3
or HPE 600 Research Methods
ED 603Trends, Issues, and Diversity in Learning3
ED 605Curriculum Development3
ED 634Advanced Methods of Teaching in Grades 6-123
ED 655Evaluation in Modern Education3
EEX 605Survey of Students with Disabilities 13
CHD 604Human Growth and Development3
or ED 644 Ethics and Education
Total Hours21

Teaching field requirements listed according to each major below.  Note: Secondary education candidates may select a technology option.  See academic advisor for specific requirements.

Instructional Support Programs (P-12) School Counseling (P-12) (SBE Approved)

  1. Preparation: hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Prerequisite: hold valid Class B professional educator certificate in any teaching field and two full years of full-time satisfactory educational experience at the P-12 level or qualify for the Track 2 CACREP Approach.
  3. Recommended for admission by the Counselor Education faculty based upon GPA, MAT or GRE scores, recommendations, resume and interview.
    Required Courses
    EEX 605Survey of Students with Disabilities (If not previously completed at the undergraduate level)3
    CHD 000Counselor Education Orientation0
    CHD 001Counseling Comprehensive Examination0
    CHD 601Research Methods & Program Evaluation in Counseling3
    CHD 602Fundamentals of Counseling3
    CHD 604Human Growth and Development3
    CHD 606Theories and Techniques of Counseling3
    CHD 608Group Counseling3
    CHD 615Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling3
    CHD 621Assessment in Counseling3
    CHD 631Counseling for Career Development3
    CHD 641Development and Management of School Counseling Programs3
    CHD 642Professional Identity and Ethics for School Counselors3
    CHD 645Child and Adolescent Counseling3
    CHD 678Practicum in Counseling3
    CHD 688Internship in Counseling3
    CHD 689Internship in Counseling3
    Select six credits Counseling (CHD) electives6
    Total Hours51
  4. In addition, students may earn no more than six semester hours of C work or below. A third grade of C or below will result in dismissal from the program.
  5. Additional Requirements for graduation: a passing score on the PRAXIS II Professional School Counselor Examination (0421) and a minimum grade point average of 3.25 on all courses in the Alabama State Board of Education approved School Counseling program