Program Admission and Curriculum

Admission to the MAC Program

All admission requirements can be found online www.heidelberg.edu/academiclife/grad/mac/admission and in the Graduate Catalog. There are two parts to the admission process. Every student must submit the following documents in order to be accepted into the MAC program.
 

CONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE

These documents will be reviewed for Conditonal Acceptance, allowing you to register for any of the four Foundation courses (COU 503, 505, 506, 509).

  • Graduate application.
  • OFFICIAL (sealed) transcript(s) sent DIRECTLY from a previously attended college or university reflecting: 
    • A Bachelor's degree.
    • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.9 on a 4.0 scale.
    • At least 12 hours of behavioral sciences
  • OFFICIAL (sealed) transcript(s) sent DIRECTLY from all previously attended colleges or universities where Master's level work has been completed and/or is in progress, accompanied by course syllabi and catalog course descriptions.
  • This Online Orientation for Spring and Summer applicants.

FULL ACCEPTANCE

The following requirements must be met for full acceptance into the program. The recommendation forms, goal statement, and background checks are due prior to having an admission interview, but are recommended to be submitted as soon as possible after conditional acceptance.

  • Three recommendations using our Recommendation forms from professional or academic persons knowledgeable of the applicant's professional experiences, dispositions, and are aware the applicant is seeking a counseling degree.
  • BCI and FBI background checks at the expense of the applicant.
  • Goal statement. Must be 2-3 pages and include the following information:

    • biographical information
    • reasons for wanting to enter the program
    • personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Fall Orientation. Held annually the week before Fall semester classes begin. Fulfills COU 501. Students will be notified as the date approaches.
  • Admission Interview. Students will be notified to attend an admission interview with the MAC faculty when they are close to completing the Foundation Courses.
  • Foundation Courses. Successful completion of no more than the 12 hours of Foundation Courses. An interview may be arranged before all of these classes have been completed or while enrolled in the courses. 
  • International students must also submit International Admission requirements in addition to those listed above.
Once admitted, the applicant becomes a candidate for the MAC degree. Conditional students whose undergraduate cumulative GPA is lower than 2.9 must register for COU 500 during their FIRST semester. If the course is not available, applicants may have to start the following semester. Candidates will be invited to an admission interview which are held once in the fall and once in the spring. After the admission interview with the MAC faculty, a full acceptance decision will be made and an academic advisor will be assigned.

 

MAC Graduate Student Fall Orientation

All new students must register for COU 501, New Student Fall Orientation before beginning Fall semester classes. This 0 credit hour course provides a one day informational session that is held yearly on the Saturday prior to the beginning of the Fall semester with lunch provided. Fall orientation is designed to orient new and continuing students and faculty on such issues as:

  • Policies of the MAC program
  • Policies relative to Heidelberg University
  • Academic advising and program matriculation
  • MAC faculty and staff, counseling training, laboratory, curriculum, registration, financial aid, bookstore, library, and miscellaneous, university supported resources
  • Current changes in Ohio laws and ethical codes
  • Time for students to meet with MAC faculty and staff

 

Program Concentrations

The MAC Program at Heidelberg University offers three program concentrations:

  • School Counseling
  • Community Counseling
  • Dual Community/School.

Each of these programs is designed to develop in students the knowledge and skills needed effectively and professionally to provide counseling services to clients within a variety of settings. Skills in interpersonal helping, interaction, communication, and sensitivity acquired in the program are applicable to a variety of professions including education, community social services, business and industry, government, and the ministry.

School Counseling Concentration

The School Counseling concentration is designed to meet the academic and field experience requirements for those students who are seeking licensure as a Professional School Counselor (PSC) in the state of Ohio. The major purpose of the Heidelberg University School Counselor Licensure is to develop, in students, the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide appropriate counseling services within the school setting. To qualify for licensure as a Professional School Counselor (PSC) with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), candidates must have completed at least 48 semester hours of coursework, including 100 hours of Practicum field experience and 600 hours of Internship field experience and must successfully pass the Praxis II exam.

A school counselor in the State of Ohio must have been graduated from an approved program of preparation and have been recommended by the head of teacher education. This individual must have completed an examination prescribed by the State Board of Education and evidenced the education and experience requirements which include:

  • A Master’s degree and
    1. two years of successful teaching experience under a provisional or professional teacher license; OR
    2. three years experience as a licensed school counselor in another state, OR
    3. successful completion of a school counselor induction year.

Elementary School Counselors work as:

  • Middle School Counselors
  • High School Counselors
  • College/University Counselors
  • Settings: Public or Private

Community (Clinical) Counseling Concentration

The Community Counseling concentration is designed to meet the academic and field experience requirements for those students who are seeking licensure as a Professional Counselor (PC) or Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) in the state of Ohio. The major purpose of the Heidelberg University community counselor concentration is to develop in students the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide appropriate counseling services within a variety of helping settings. Skills in interpersonal helping, interaction, communication, and sensitivity acquired in the program are applicable to a variety of professionals including education, community social services, business and industry, government, and the ministry.

Although the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) degree can be completed with 48 semester hours, inclusive of 100-hour Practicum and 600-hour Internship field experiences, the state of Ohio requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of coursework to be eligible for state licensure. The 60 semester hours must include at least 20 semester hours of clinical endorsement coursework with at least one course in each of the following five clinical areas:

  1. clinical psychopathology, personality, and abnormal behavior;
  2. evaluation of mental and emotional disorders;
  3. diagnosis of mental and emotional disorders;
  4. methods of intervention and prevention of mental and emotional disorders;
  5. treatment of mental and emotional disorders.

All of the coursework beyond the 48 semester hours required for the MAC degree that is needed to accumulate the license-eligible 60 semester hours is offered through the Graduate Studies in Counseling Program at Heidelberg University. Students completing the 60 semester hours of coursework are eligible to sit for the state licensure exam during their last semester of coursework. Students who choose to matriculate with the 48 semester hours in community counseling are not eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio. All 600 level courses are advanced Clinical Endorsement courses and require the necessary prerequisites (see course descriptions).

Dual Community/School Licensure Concentration

The Dual Community/School Licensure concentration is designed to provide students with the necessary academic and field experiences to qualify for licensure both with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as a Professional School Counselor (PSC) and with the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board as a Professional Counselor . See the School Counseling Concentration section above for specific requirements for school counseling licensure. Candidates seeking a dual licensure concentration must satisfy coursework requirements in both concentration areas including two separate 100 hour Practicum field experience and one 600 hour Internship field experiences in both school and community counseling settings

 

MAC Curriculum

All students seeking the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) degree must complete a minimum of 48 semester hours is required for the MAC degree. The entire course curriculum is listed online at www.heidelberg.edu/academiclife/grad/mac/curriculum. As a conditional student, only the Foundation Courses may be taken with Dr. Jo-Ann Lipord Sanders as the academic advisor.

The MAC Program offers a variety of class formats to accommodate the needs of our adult learners. These may include once a week/evening courses, eight week classes meetings, and occasionally abbreviated partial online courses or alternate Saturdays. Check course offerings to see when these courses are being offered. Refer to theGraduate Catalog for more specific course information. 

Foundation Courses (12 hrs)

Course Number Course Title Hours
COU 503 Humam Growth and Development 3
COU 505 Techniques in Counseling 4
COU 506 Theories in Counseling 3
COU 509 Philosophy and History of Counseling 2

Field Experience: Practicum and Internship

All students in the Master of Arts in Counseling Program are required to complete a 100 hour Practicum (3 Sem. hrs.). In addition, all students complete at least two terms of Internship for a total of 600 hours (3 Sem. hrs. of Internship I and 3 Sem. hrs. of Internship II). The program is designed to allow students the flexibility to complete internships I and II in as few as two terms or as many as four terms by enrolling in 1 to 3 semester hours per term. Upon recommendation for Practicum by their academic advisor, students meet with the Clinical Director to begin planning and preparing to secure an appropriate field placement site. Once a site has been arranged, the student submits a Petition for Practicum form along with supporting documentation to the Graduate Studies Administrative Assistant to be processed for review and approval by the Clinical Director.

Specific information on Field Experience can be found in the Graduate Catalog and the Field Experience Handbook.

 

Counselor Licensure

The Clinical Counseling program provides preparation for those who wish to serve as counselors in agency/professional settings. The program has been approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board to meet the educational requirements for professional counselor licensure in Ohio (Click here for more information). The degree program consists of 12 semester hours of Foundation courses, 18 semester hours in the Core Courses, 12 semester hours in Clinical Experience, and 6 semester hours of Electives.

The School Counseling program provides preparation for individuals who desire to be school counselors. Completion of the Master’s degree and the specialty examination (Praxis II) in school counseling are required by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for school counseling licensure. The degree program consists of 12 semester hours of Foundation courses, 18 semester hours in the Core Courses, 15 semester hours in School Experience, and 3 semester hours of Electives.

Dual Counseling Licensure: MAC candidates who complete all of the curriculum requirements for both program concentrations are eligible to hold licenses as both Professional School Counselor (PSC) and Professional Counselor (PC). The process for becoming licensed in each of these areas is outlined in the Graduate Catalog.. The process of becoming eligible for both licenses requires completion of curricular in both concentrations, except that candidates are only required to take one practicum (either COU 580 or COU 594). Once candidates have completed the appropriate coursework, one practicum, internship experiences of 1200 hours (600 hours each in both appropriate school and clinical settings), passed both the PRAXIS II and NCE, and provide the necessary documentation as outlined in the Graduate Catalog, they will be issued their licenses

**Note: Admission to the program does not require a current or prior teaching license or certificate.

 

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