During the first year, all students complete a series of academic core courses. The second year involves clinical study, including track courses, practica, and electives.
A minimum of 48 credits are required for a single track. Students wanting certification in more than one specialty must add nine credits for each specialty, and may waive the seminar or thesis requirement. A nine credit load or less is recommended for fall and spring semesters. A six credit load or less is recommended for the summer semester. A student wishing to take an overload will have to acquire special permission from the Counseling Psychology department. Within these limits, a student can complete the 48 credit program in a minimum of four semesters plus one summer.
Each clinical track consists of Practicum I, Practicum II, and a didactic course. The didactic course is designed to introduce students to the role and responsibilities of a professional counselor in a school or community setting. Practicum I is designed to provide breadth so that the student may experience a variety of programs, counselor models, sites, and basic supervised interventions. During Practicum II, the student becomes actively involved in all aspects of counseling interventions at a single site.
Prospective students must meet the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and have completed at least 12 undergraduate credit hours in courses related to behavioral sciences. Students whose preparation is judged deficient in behavioral sciences will be required to make up such deficiencies.
Students who have received a master’s degree from another Counseling Psychology program and wish to be certified in an additional track must sign a release to permit communication with faculty in that program and previous practicum on-site supervisors.
Prospective students who hold “emergency” licenses as school counselors at any time before being enrolled in the clinical courses may not be admitted. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Counseling Psychology faculty does not endorse emergency certification of counselors; however, students who hold such certifications will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Prospective students must have at least a 2.75 undergraduate grade point average with a minimum of 12 credits in the area of behavioral sciences. Individuals must possess personal characteristics that will foster trust with clientele, which requires strong communication skills. Persons must also have prior experience in education, human services settings, or other appropriate background in working with others.