EdM in Counseling

The Master of Education (EdM) Program is available to individuals who have completed bachelor’s degrees in accredited colleges and universities throughout the world. While evidence of commitment to human service is a prerequisite, it is not necessary to have majored in the social or behavioral sciences.

Your area of specialization will determine the specific coursework required for completion of the EdM program in Counseling; however, all students will complete the core counseling curriculum in a minimum of 60 credit hours, as well as clinical training, which will include a pre-practicum experience in the spring of their first year and a 600-hour clinical placement in their second year. Preliminary advising from your academic advisor and the program coordinator of your track prior to registering is encouraged. Diverse, approved electives drawn from across the University can be suggested by individual students who have interest in special settings or forms of counseling.

Required Courses

Required for all Counseling EdM Students (School, Community, and Sport/Performance)

Fall One:

  • SED CE 726 Clinical Assessment: Psychological Testing (4 cr)
  • SED CE 737 Counseling: Philosophy, Theory, and Practice (4 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)

Spring One:

  • SED CE 630 Positive Psychology (4 cr)
  • SED CE 635 Counseling Skills & Techniques (3 cr)
  • SED CE 705 Lifespan Development (3 cr)
  • SED CE 710 Child & Adolescent Psychopathology (3 cr)

Fall Two:

  • SED CE 741 Multicultural Counseling (4 cr)*
  • SED CE 746 Clinical Practicum (3 cr)
  • SED CE 847 Group Counseling (4 cr)*

Spring Two:

  • SED CE 740 Ethics & Professional Responsibilities (3 cr)
  • SED CE 746 Clinical Practicum (3 cr)

*Depending on your area of specialization, these courses may occur at different times in the course sequence

Specializations Offered

EdM in Counseling with specializations in:

  • School Counseling,
  • Community Counseling, and
  • Sport/Performance Psychology

The EdM in Counseling focuses explicitly on child, adolescent, and early adulthood, and includes three areas of concentration: School Counseling, Community Counseling, and Sport/Performance Psychology. Your sub-concentration will determine the additional coursework and field experiences you will complete, and will supplement the core training, which emphasizes:

  • Normative development from infancy through early adulthood.
  • Ecological considerations, including personal, environmental, and cultural factors.
  • Strengths-based theory, focusing on individual attributes and adaptations.

The program has a strong mental health focus, so regardless of your sub-concentration you will graduate with the knowledge and skills required to work with individuals with a wide range of mental health issues. You will complete sequenced coursework pertaining to the treatment of children and families in areas such as counseling theories and techniques, cross-cultural perspectives, life span development, psychopathology, psychological testing, research, positive psychology, and ethics. One introductory counseling course is open to undergraduates.

Course Open to Undergraduates

  • SED CE 500 Introduction to Counseling

School Counseling

Massachusetts Licensure

After completing program requirements in the School Counseling track, you will be eligible for initial licensure as a School Guidance Counselor in the state of Massachusetts. While many School Counseling graduate programs explicitly emphasize academic counseling, graduates of the BU Counseling program will also have comprehensive training in mental health issues and counseling, leaving you fully prepared to work in the dynamic and ever-changing school environment where there is an increased need for counselors with mental health training.

In addition to the core coursework, you will complete coursework specific to school counseling, including:

  • SED CE 735 Issues in School Counseling (4 cr)
  • SED CE 739 Vocational Development (4 cr)
  • SED CE 840 Families (4 cr)
  • SED SE 650 Children at Risk (4 cr)
  • SED SE 706 Introduction to Special Education (4 cr)

Throughout your program, you will complete three semesters of field experience: A pre-practicum in the spring semester of your first year, and a yearlong practicum during your second year. During the fall semester of your first year of study, you will meet with the Counseling Placement Coordinator to determine where you will complete your field experiences. You and the Coordinator will discuss your career goals, preference for school setting, and preference for grade level. It is expected that your pre-practicum and practicum will take place in different schools so that you are exposed to a wide range of settings and students. During your pre-practicum and practicum you will receive guidance, support, and supervision from your field supervisor, faculty advisor, and peers.

  1. Pre-Practicum: The pre-practicum will take place during the spring semester of your first year of study. You will be in a school setting observing guidance counselors and developing counseling skills. During this semester, you will meet once a week with your cohort and University practicum supervisor to discuss your fieldwork.
  2. Practicum: During your second year of study you will complete a yearlong practicum. The practicum is 16–20 hours per week and includes 3 hours of class time per week with your cohort and University practicum supervisor. During your practicum you will have hands-on experience, which could include individual counseling with students around academic or interpersonal concerns, developing guidance curriculum, assisting with special education meetings, and coordinating the college admissions process.

Note: The clinical portion of the program for all Counseling master’s students (SED CE 746) requires 12 to 20 hours per week September–June in appropriate school or community settings.

Licensure regulations vary from state to state. In some states, students must have teaching experience and teacher licensure in order to work as guidance counselors. Students are urged to contact the appropriate state Department of Education and/or Counseling Board to determine current licensure requirements and to consult with their academic advisor before registering for courses.

Community Counseling

The comprehensive training you will receive in the Community Counseling track will prepare you for a career providing counseling to children, adolescents, and young adults in community-based settings that include, but are not limited to, community mental health facilities, hospitals, therapeutic schools, substance abuse treatment facilities, eating disorder treatment facilities, universities, and prisons. If all coursework and practicum requirements are met, students will graduate from the program with all of the pre-master’s requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor in the state of Massachusetts.

In addition to the core coursework, you have the option of selecting two elective courses in relevant areas of interest and will additionally complete the following courses:

  • SED CE 840 Families (4 cr)
  • SED SE 650 Children at Risk (4 cr)

Throughout your program, you will complete three semesters of field experience: A pre-practicum in the spring semester of your first year, and a yearlong practicum during your second year. During the fall semester of your first year of study, you will meet with the Counseling Placement Coordinator to determine where you will complete your field experiences. During your pre-practicum and practicum you will receive guidance, support, and supervision from your field supervisor, faculty advisor, and peers.

  1. Pre-Practicum: The pre-practicum will take place during the spring semester of your first year of study. You will be in a community setting completing observations and developing counseling skills. During this semester, you will meet once a week with your cohort and University practicum supervisor to discuss your fieldwork.
  2. Practicum: During your second year of study you will complete a yearlong practicum. The practicum is 16–20 hours per week and includes 3 hours of class time per week with your cohort and University practicum supervisor. During your practicum you will have the opportunity to participate in the provision of mental health services appropriate to your site. These services may include individual, group, or family counseling, case management, and consultation.

Note: The clinical portion of the program for all Counseling master’s students (SED CE 746) requires 12 to 20 hours per week September–June in appropriate school or community settings.

Licensure regulations vary from state to state. Students are urged to contact the appropriate state licensing board to determine current licensure requirements and to consult with their academic advisor before registering for courses.

Sport/Performance Psychology

The comprehensive training you will receive in the Sport/Performance Psychology track will prepare you to provide performance enhancement services to athletes, teams, and coaches. The track will also prepare you to work within the youth sport development arena. In addition, this training will prepare you for a career providing counseling to children and families in community-based settings that may include, but are not limited to, community mental health facilities, hospitals, therapeutic schools, substance abuse treatment facilities, eating disorder treatment facilities, universities, and prisons. If all coursework and practicum requirements are met, students will graduate from the program with all of the pre-master’s requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor in the state of Massachusetts. In addition, upon graduation you may be eligible to apply to become an Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Certified Consultant (CC), given all coursework and applied experiences are completed. Please refer to the AASP website for specific certification criteria.

In addition to the core counseling coursework, you will complete all of the following courses for the Sport/Performance Psychology track specialization:

  • SED CE 650 Counseling Skills and Techniques in Sport & Exercise Psychology (4 cr)
  • SED CE 505 Sport Science (3 cr)
  • SED CE 529 Psychology of Coaching Teams (4 cr)
  • SED PE 710 Sport Theory (4 cr)
  • SED DS 700 Advanced Sport Psychology Seminar (4 cr)
  • SED CE 721* Sport/Performance Psychology Practicum (2 cr)
    *(four sessions of 8 cr total)

You may tailor your schedule if you have already had a course during undergraduate training that meets a sport psychology-specific AASP-CC criterion. Priority in adjusting curriculum in this case will be given to you meeting other AASP-CC criteria that is not being met by the program. (Up to four undergraduate courses may be used in application for AASP-CC, thus academic needs per student will vary). In such a case, before adjusting your schedule, you will consult with your advisor. You are strongly encouraged to elect to take courses during the summer between the first and second academic year of study.

All students participate in both the clinical training experience, which includes up to a 100-hour pre-practicum experience during year one and a 600-hour or more clinical internship during year two. In addition, all sport psychology students will also participate in a 2.0-credit sport psychology performance enhancement practicum every semester, meaning that students will participate in performance enhancement fieldwork for all four semesters enrolled in the program. The sport psychology performance enhancement practicum includes working with collegiate teams, providing academic support for student-athletes, and/or engaging in internship sites that are focused on urban youth sport. The focus of the year-one sport/performance practicum is on performance enhancement and the focus of the year-two sport/performance practicum is youth sport development.

Throughout your program, you will also—concurrent with the sport psychology performance enhancement practicum—complete three semesters of a “clinical” field experience: A pre-practicum in the spring semester of your first year, and a yearlong practicum during your second year. During the fall semester of your first year of study, you will meet with the Counseling Placement Coordinator to determine where you will complete your field experiences. During your pre-practicum and practicum you will receive guidance, support, and supervision from your field supervisor, faculty advisor, and peers.

  1. Pre-Practicum: The pre-practicum will take place during the spring semester of your first year of study. You will be in a community setting completing observations and developing counseling skills. During this semester, you will meet once a week with your cohort and University practicum supervisor to discuss your fieldwork.
  2. Practicum: During your second year of study you will complete a yearlong practicum. The practicum is 16–20 hours per week and includes 3 hours of class time per week with your cohort and University practicum supervisor. During your practicum you will have the opportunity to participate in the provision of mental health services appropriate to your site. These services may include individual, group, or family counseling, case management, and consultation.

Note: The clinical portion of the program for all Counseling master’s students (SED CE 746) requires 12 to 20 hours per week September–June in appropriate school or community settings.

Licensure regulations vary from state to state. Students are urged to contact the appropriate state licensing board to determine current licensure requirements and to consult with their academic advisor before registering for courses.

Application

This is an intensive two-year program. Most students are expected to complete the Counseling program on a full-time basis, beginning in September. However, alternative arrangements can be made that allow for completion of the degree as a part-time student or to begin study in a different semester. For employed students, arrangements must be made with employers to ensure that students are able to complete the requisite hours of clinical work. International students for whom English is a second language may need to anticipate a longer course of study depending on English language proficiency. Please note, the duration of study for part-time students will be longer than two years.