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Master of Science Degree The program in school counseling provides a basic preparation in school counseling that leads to certification by the State of Wisconsin for employment in the public schools.
Students who seek certification from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction must meet both elementary and secondary requirements for certification as a school counselor on a PK-12 basis.
Learning experiences in the immediate professional setting include supervised counseling practicum and internship.
To be admitted with full status to this program, the applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and have an overall grade point average of at least 2.75. Applicants may be admitted on probationary status if their overall grade point average is at least 2.5, but less than 2.75. These exceptions are subject to a strict limit of 10 percent of the students in the program and must be individually negotiated with the recommendation of the program director and the approval of the Graduate School.
Both the Graduate School Application form (obtainable online at http://www.uwstout.edu/grad/prospect/apply.cfm) and a Program Application form (obtainable online at http://www.uwstout.edu/programs/mssc/apply.cfm) must be submitted by each applicant, including the documents identified on these two forms. Applicants must have presented and filed all required Graduate School documents to the Graduate School office by February 1 for summer and fall terms, and October 1 for the spring term. After committee review and a personal interview for selected applicants, notification of acceptance will be made by May 1 for summer and fall terms, and December 1 for the spring term. The process and deadlines for selecting applicants will be strictly followed in each case.
Students will be admitted on the basis of academic performance, admissibility to the Graduate School, recommendations and rankings of a screening committee. These rankings are based on: 1. Experience in a helping profession, i.e., counseling, education, social work, psychology and volunteer activities; 2. Letters of recommendation from employers, instructors and consumers of services provided by the applicant; 3. An autobiographical statement in which the applicant has outlined assets and liabilities as a potential counselor trainee; and 4. Academic performance and potential as demonstrated by performance in undergraduate coursework, and any additional graduate coursework. A personal interview with the program director and faculty is also required. The interview is scheduled with selected applicants following review of application materials.
The degree requires a minimum of 52 credit hours. Transfer credits may not exceed 12. An overall graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better is required, and a minimum grade of 2.75 is required for all core requirements. Students must also be approved for degree candidacy at the appropriate time and follow the approved program plan outlined here:
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