Community Counseling Degree and Program
The Community Counseling Program consists of 45 semester hours leading to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree. While this degree meets several states’ requirements for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), students interested in pursuing licensure in Oklahoma are encouraged to concurrently enroll in an additional 15 semester hours in order to meet that requirement. Additionally, the program currently meets Oklahoma requirements for becoming alternatively certified for work as a school counselor.
Our primary training goals are to facilitate student integration of counseling theory, research, and practice; to cultivate an understanding of the mutual influences of practice and science; and to foster the development and application of holistic counseling skills. A foundational value of the program is to foster understanding, critical thinking and ethical decision-making.
We seek to integrate diverse multicultural perspectives into our students’ professional training and development. This emphasis is infused into the curriculum in various ways such as didactic instruction, guided exploration, and engagement in experiential projects and outreach. This work is reciprocally informed by theory and science to enhance service delivery to diverse populations.
Given the developmental nature of training in counseling, our training model is sequentially structured, providing for cumulative growth across the sequence, while recognizing the critical importance of ongoing integration of content knowledge, research, and counseling practice. As a program, we strive to prepare students to build successful professional careers while fostering an appreciation for the ongoing need to remain abreast of developing knowledge in the field.
The Community Counseling program faculty and the program’s Community Counselor Training Lab are located in the Department of Educational Psychology. These can be found on the third floor of Ellsworth Collings Hall, which houses the College of Education.
Faculty consistently work very hard to develop relationships with programs and agencies across campus and throughout the community, cultivating potential GA positions for our masters students; however, faculty can neither guarantee nor coordinate funding for incoming students. In an era of decreasing resources in higher education, students interested in GA funding are encouraged to act independently and proactively in attempts to secure any available funding across campus and within the surrounding community.
For funding and financial support for graduate students including: Scholarships and Travel/Research Grants, Graduate College Tuition Waivers, Fellowships, Graduate Assistantships available within the Graduate College, Funding for Graduate Student Research and Financial Aid links specific to Graduate students and the University of Oklahoma, please visit http://www.ou.edu/content/gradweb/funding_and_aid.html. Note that all students appointed to graduate assistantships are required to obtain and read the current edition of the Graduate Assistant's Handbook available at http://gradweb.ou.edu/Current/GAHandbook.pdf.
For part-time counseling related work for students across a breadth of settings (such as the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, University College, University Library, etc.), please visit http://jobs.ou.edu.
Additional Funding Sources
In addition to GA and university affiliated part-time work positions, our graduate students are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants (links below) to work on their research or to supplement their graduate school education. Scholarships are available on campus and our students are very competitive and successful at obtaining these scholarships. Federal support may also be available for their research and education, including monies from NIH and the Department of Education.
For information on financial aid and additional funding, please visit the Financial Aid Services website at http://financialaid.ou.edu
For Scholarship Resources at the University of Oklahoma, please visit http://scholarships.ou.edu
For Scholarship Resources at the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, please visit http://www.ou.edu/education/resources/graduate-scholarships
For graduate student support for research and travel within the College of Education, please visit http://www.ou.edu/content/education/centers-and-partnerships/cedar.html
External Funding Sources
Community Counseling graduate students are eligible to apply for a variety of external funding, including:
Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services Joan Dallum Graduate Research Award (Due November) - Certificate, plaque, and cash stipend to recognize and encourage high quality research projects that are applicable to the counseling and human development goals of ACPA and CCPS. For example, research on needs assessment, treatment intervention, outcome and process studies, or preventative programs are appropriate submissions.
Pearson's Touch the World Human Services Scholarship Contest (Due June) - $500 scholarship plus Pearson textbooks