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MASTER OF ARTS IN COUNSELING

 

The M.A. Program in Counseling is a 60 credit program offered with field experience (practicum and internship) in either agency setting or school counseling. The program meets all educational and field experience requirements for mental health licensure through the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board, school counseling through the New Mexico Public Education Department, and certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors. Students must meet with a program advisor before enrolling in courses to plan their program of study leading to appropriate field experiences. Students must obtain a Counseling Program Handbook, as this Program Handbook outlines in more detail the program of study and other essential information for admission and progress through the program.

 

In addition to the Graduate Division Admission requirements, the student in this program must also:

 

1.

Obtain an application for admission in the Counseling Program from a program advisor; this application should be completed with all attachments and returned to the advisor by the end of the first semester of coursework. The complete application packet must include, but is not limited to the following:

a.
The completed application form stating that the student has received Final Admission Status into the Graduate Division;
b.
A Writing sample according to the directions on the application;
c.
Disclosure of Criminal Record Form;
d.
Signed Informed Consent Form;
e.
Three letters of recommendation by persons who are prepared to evaluate the prospective student in terms of suitability for graduate work as well as in the field of counseling;
f.
Résumé.
2.
The completed application packet must be received prior to scheduling the intake interview, which should be completed at the end of the first semester or the beginning of the second semester of coursework. The structured intake interview will be held with two or more members of the graduate faculty, including at least one counseling program advisor. The student will be notified within one week of the intake interview as to its outcome.
3.
Students will be advised to enroll in COUN 501, 531, 534, and 579 during their first year in the program.
4.
All entrance requirements must be completed before a degree plan will be filed. Until all entrance requirements are met, students are considered "conditionally admitted." "Conditionally admitted" students must meet all entrance requirements prior to completing a total of nine credit hours in the program. Students who have not completed all entrance requirements prior to completing nine hours will be placed on registration hold until all requirements are met.
5.
Students must be admitted into the Counseling degree program prior to taking the Comprehensive Exams.


Students must complete 24 credits (8 courses) in the program before enrolling in COUN 581 Practicum; these 24 credits must include COUN 501, 523, 531, and 579. The 12 remaining credits required prior to taking COUN 581 must be approved by a program advisor in order to satisfactorily prepare students for their intended practicum and internship sites.


Satisfactory completion of COUN 581, Practicum, will determine eligibility for COUN 582 Internship. COUN 587 Seminar in Group Process must be taken prior to enrollment in COUN 582 Internship. COUN 582 Internship follows the completion of COUN 581 and is generally taken in the final two semesters of the program representing a culmination of the field experience in the counseling program.


Students must adhere to policies and procedures outlined in their respective Silver City or Gallup Program Handbook for progress through the program.


Students must pass either a written comprehensive examination or the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE), as well as other site specific requirements as outlined in the respective Program Handbook, as the exit requirement for the program. These exams and other requirements are normally completed during the final semester of the program of study.

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