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SCOU ― School Counseling


SCOU 504 Career and Lifestyle Development

3 cr. Offered ONLY Online. (F)  Focuses on methods of assisting candidates to obtain, organize, and analyze occupational, educational, personal, and social information in making career and lifestyle decisions for themselves and students.  Traditional and contemporary career and lifestyle development theories and methods are explored.


SCOU 505 Theories of Counseling

3 cr. Offered ONLY Online (F)  Explores the general theories (behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and Freudian) that have played major roles in counseling profession development.  Examines representative theorists of each of the general counseling perspectives and provides an opportunity for students to relate these perspectives to their personal theory of counseling.


SCOU 506 Practicum:  Counseling and Therapy Techniques

1 cr. Prerequisite: SCOU 505.  Introduces the practicum experience for counseling students.  This course provides an opportunity to learn, develop, demonstrate, and practice skills necessary for observing student behavior(s), conducting therapy, promoting observation of appropriate and effective counselor/student interactions while considering developmental levels during the process of interviewing and counseling.


SCOU 507 Ethical and Professional Issues for School Counselors

3 cr. Offered ONLY Online. (F)  Provides an overview of current legal, ethical, and professional issues related to the practice of school counseling.  Focuses on relevant ethical principles, codes of ethics, decision making models, and regulatory procedures.


SCOU 508 Practicum:  Multicultural and Gender Issues in Counseling

1 cr.  Examines current school counseling therapy theory and practice from experimental culture-centered perspectives while simultaneously respecting traditional individual approaches to the field.  Promotes the development of diversity sensitivity in support of counseling practices that reflect an understanding of psychosocial influences, cultural beliefs, values, and psychological dynamics related to self-identity, self-advocacy, competency, adjustment, and attitude formation.


SCOU 520 Group and Individual Evaluation

3 cr. Offered ONLY Online (Sp)  Provides an introduction to assessment appropriate to the field of school counseling.  Begins training in the proper evaluation, selection, and administration of assessment instruments; interpretation; use of assessment results; and also develops the role of the school counselor in relation to other stakeholders in the assessment process.


SCOU 527 Counseling in the Elementary and Middle School

3 cr. Prerequisites: SCOU 505, SCOU 506, SCOU 507 or consent of instructor.  Provides exposure to the unique aspects of counseling the elementary and middle school student.  Curriculum materials for counseling these age groups are explored.


SCOU 554 Organization and Administration of School Counseling

3 cr. Prerequisites: SCOU 505, SCOU 506, SCOU 507 or consent of instructor.  Provides an understanding of a structural approach to the organization of school guidance and counseling programs.  Laws and ethical considerations related to counseling are explored.


SCOU 557 Group Process:  Theory and Practice

3 cr. Prerequisites: SCOU 505, SCOU 506, SCOU 507 or consent of instructor. (Sp)  Includes methods of exploring the individual’s own philosophy, values, attitudes, and goals through experience in group dynamics.


SCOU 589 Professional Development

V1-3 cr.  Designated course number for professional development credit bearing courses offered by Extended Campus.  These credits do not count toward any degree at MSU Billings.


SCOU 590 Internship: School Counseling

V1-12 cr. Prerequisite: Approved plan of study and approved internship.  Corequisite: SCOU 597. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides experience as a counselor in training in a community setting.  Lab fee required.  Valid Criminal background check required.


SCOU 591 Independent Study

V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor, approval of the Department Chair and the Dean of Education, and Independent Study contract filed with the Office of Graduate Studies. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides an opportunity for students of superior academic standing to explore material not covered by regular graduate courses in Counseling.


SCOU 592 Seminar

V1-6 cr.  Provides an opportunity to investigate topics at the advanced level pertinent to the area of counseling.


SCOU 593 Workshop

V1-6 cr. (Sp)  Provides an opportunity for experimental study at the advanced level in an area of counseling.


SCOU 594 Clinic

V1-6 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.  Provides an opportunity to explore and develop advanced skills in working with individuals in counseling settings.  Lab fee required.  Valid Criminal background check required.


SCOU 597 Capstone in School Counseling

V1-2 cr. Prerequisite: Completion of 75% of approved plan of study or consent of the instructor. Corequisite: Registration in or completion of SCOU 590. (F, Sp, Su)  Provides an opportunity for students in the school counseling program to demonstrate proficiency in the skills presented in the school counseling curriculum.


SCOU 599 Thesis

V4-6 cr. Prerequisite: EDF 501 or equivalent and an approved plan of study required.  This course may be given the grade of “T” until research and writing is completed and accepted within the time limit of the degree.