The Master of Science in Community Counseling is for candidates preparing for a profession as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Upon completion of the 61-hour degree program, you will be eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and pursue state licensure as an LPC.
Course requirements for the Master of Science in Community Counseling include: (For all graduate counseling course descriptions, click here: Graduate Counseling Course Descriptions)
Counseling Core (55 hours)
- Human Development
- Social and Cultural Foundations
- Principles of Family Therapy
- Group Theory
- Theories and Techniques of Counseling
- Career Development Information and Vocational Education
- Family of Origin
- Principles of Marital Therapy
- Advanced Psychopathology
- Christian Foundations in Counseling
- Advanced Psychopharmacology
- Professional Development and Ethics
- Brief Therapy
- Pre-Practicum Lab
- Practicum I: Community
- Practicum II: Community
- Internship I
- Statistics and Research
- Applied Research (Program Director recommendation required)
- Relationship Assessment
Electives (6 hours)
- Family Systems
- Family Sexuality
- Child and Adolescent Counseling
- Introduction to Play Therapy
- Advanced Techniques in Play Therapy
- Selected Topics in Counseling
Minimum Semester Hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 hours
Multiple Track Emphases
The JBU Counseling Program recognizes that today's counseling professionals have multifaceted opportunities requiring multiple training specialties; therefore, additional emphases are offered for each major area of study. These emphases include Marriage and Family Therapy, Community Counseling, Play Therapy and School Counseling. Students seeking multiple emphases must complete the course requirements of their major degree plan and each of the course requirements specific to fulfilling any additional emphases.
Counseling classes are offered online and onground at the JBU Rogers and Fort Smith centers as well as on the main campus in Siloam Springs. Beginning Fall 2013, classes will also be offered at JBU's new Little Rock Center.
Many counseling courses are offered online allowing you flexibility and convenience. All online classes are taught by JBU faculty who interact with you via e-mail, web conferencing and discussion boards.
Most counseling classes begin at 4:30 and 7:15 and follow the semester schedule format. Summer classes are also offered.