The mission of the Counselor Education Program at Alabama State University is to prepare graduates who will perform as professional counselors in schools and community agencies. The program provides a strong framework in counseling theories and techniques, as well as “hands-on” practicum and internship experiences. Graduates are expected to exhibit high levels of self-awareness; ethical behavior; knowledge of adaptive and maladaptive thought processes and behaviors; skills to effect positive client behavior changes; and the personal characteristics of caring, empathic helpers. The Educational Specialist in School Counseling Program is a 33-36 semester hour program. The program includes one to two internships (300-600 clinical hours) at local elementary, middle, and high schools. Our graduates are trained in advocacy, accountability, evidence-based practices, supervision, and research.

33-36 Semester hours- minimum requirements

*Students whose master’s program included fewer than 700 hours practicum/internship must take two advanced internships(692,679) *Students must clear background check if Master’s was not granted from our program within 5 years.Graduate FeesBelow are estimated tuition and costs for full-time graduate students residing on-campus during the 2017-18 academic year. Actual costs and fees may vary depending on enrollment and lifestyle decisions. You also may wish to review estimated tuition and costs for part-time graduate enrollment on our complete budget worksheet. For a breakdown of fees by credit hour and by semester, download the 2017-18 Schedule of Student Tuition and Fees.

Instructional Support Area (15 semester hours required)
Course Hours
COU 636 Introduction to Play Therapy 3
COU 690 Supervision in Counseling 3
COU 680 Seminar in Counseling 3
COU 638 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 3
COU 637 Advanced Play Therapy 3
*Internship (3-6 semester hours)
Course Hours
COU 692 Adv. Intern in Coun. I (300 hours) 3
COU 679 Adv. Internship in Coun. II (300 hours) 3
Research in Education, Problem Analysis Project (9 semester hours required)
Course Hours
COU 614 Topical Seminar in Counseling 3
COU 656 Research and Evaluation in Coun. Prog 3
COU 628 Res. in School and Agency Counseling 3
Elective Related Courses (6 semester hours required)
Course Hours
COU 539 Readings in Guidance and Counseling 3
COU 514 DSM 3
COU 632 Consultation and Collaboration 3
EDT 575/576 Instructional Technology 3
or other advisor approved elective
In-State Out-of-State
Billed Expenses
Tuition/Fees $10,156 $17,572
Room/Board $5,422 $5,422
Subtotal $15,578 $22,994
Other Estimated Expenses
Books $1,000 $1,000
Transportation $1,552 $1,552
Miscellaneous/Personal $1,840 $1,840
Subtotal $4,392 $4,392
Estimated Total $19,970 $27,386
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 15, 2018
This course is Campus based
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10,156 USD
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