Course Descriptions

Education Counseling


MEC 6401
Theories of Counseling
3 credits

Students examine various psychological theories that have been used as the basis for counseling. Students investigate non-directive and directive client-centered approaches to counseling, including the psychoanalytic approach, the traditional Rogerian, the Adlerian, Reality Theory, and the Gestalt approach. Each theory is evaluated in terms of usability in school settings. Assignments are relevant to both elementary and/or secondary school counseling. This course is a Prerequisite to MEC 6502,MEC 6503, MEC 7202.


MEC 6402
Human Behavior and Child Development
3 credits

This course is designed to prepare the professional school counselor to use knowledge of human behavior and child development to meet the needs of all children Also, theoretical models of development will be presented and examined for usability in the school counseling process. Emphasis is placed on children and adolescent cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development factors which impact on the child’s learning behavior and the counseling process. Observations of children in the classroom are a significant part of the course. This course is a Prerequisite to MEC 6502, MEC 6503, MEC 7202.


MEC 6501
Principles and Practices of the Guidance Program
3 credits

This course facilitates students’ understanding of the philosophy, theory, and professional activities needed to organize and administer a comprehensive school-counseling program. Developmental K-12 guidance programs are explored. Students are required to visit and critique at least three school counseling programs: one elementary, one middle level, and one high school. The professional school counselor will provide insight into the organization and delivery of school counseling services. This course is a Prerequisite to MEC 6502,MEC 6503, MEC 7202.


MEC 6600
Introduction to Drug/Alcohol Counseling
3 credits

This course addresses the fundamental concepts and issues necessary to gain a basic understanding of drug/alcohol counseling. Participants will be able to define chemical dependency and describe the various models of addiction. Criteria for Substance Abuse Disorders will be examined and applied to illustrative case studies. Participants will also be able to identify and discuss the unique clinical issues involved in treating the rising population. These include: denial and defenses, stages of recovery, relapse and relapse prevention counseling, shame and guilt, co-occurring disorders, effects on the family, intervention, and 12-Step groups. Modalities of treatment and treatment practices will also be discussed. The participants will gain an understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to be an effective counselor. The participants will be introduced to a code of ethics for the professional and will be able to discuss its importance.


MEC 6601
Effective Mentoring in a K-12 School Setting
3 credits

This course will provide an opportunity for participants to identify and promote best practices in the development and implementation of an effective mentoring program. The focus of this course is on K-12 in-school programs. Course will include: presenting tips for making mentoring work, designing effective programs, selecting mentors, discussing interactions and communications with mentors and parents, providing solutions to student problems and issues and gathering data for outcomes assessment. Topic areas will be addressed through a combination of lecture, guest speakers, case studies and practical applications. Participants will develop a working model for effective mentoring program specific to a K-12 population.


MEC 6607
Ethical Issues in School Counseling
3 credits

This course provides an important overview of the school counseling profession in the United States with an emphasis on the application of ethical and legal processes to current school issues. The course will delve into the basics of ethics, values, and morals against the backdrop of school counseling. In addition, important ethical and legal issues will be analyzed such as: informed consent, confidentiality and privileged communications, records, technology and subpoenas, professionalism and malpractice, resolving legal and ethical issues, codes of ethics and standards of practice.


MEC 6608
Multicultural Counseling
3 credits

This course is created for school counselors to assist in recognizing and understanding the personal and cultural dynamics that exist in schools today. This course will address the development of a “new counselor” who will form a partnership with teachers, parents and administrators that will introduce and explore strategies and techniques to address the challenges of school populations with diverse personal, cultural, cognitive, emotional and gender differences. This partnership will promote a wholesome school community of shared understanding and common educational goals.


MEC 6901
Classification of Psychopathology
3 credits

The new DSM -5 classification system of psychopathology will be studied with emphasis on symptomatology, etiology, and implications for treatment modalities. Special emphasis will be given to the new research based system of diagnosis as it impacts students and educational systems. Various treatment interventions, including the adjunctive use of medications, are presented.


MEC 7202
Group Counseling
3 credits

Students investigate group dynamics processes related to counseling theory and participate in group counseling demonstrations. Group counseling will be clearly differentiated from group guidance. Potential uses of group counseling in schools and methods of organizing group counseling sessions are addressed. Students are expected to arrange a visit to a school or agency to observe an actual group at the level for which they are seeking certification or the age groups with which they will be involved. To register for this course, students must have a minimum of twelve credits in the program, have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and have satisfied all admissions requirements.

Prerequisite(s): MEC 6401, 6402, 6501, 6607, 7203, 7701 and a Degree Candidate, 12 credits, 3.0 GPA.


MEC 7203
Career Development and Information Services
3 credits

This course examines methods of providing and disseminating information necessary to make educational, career and personal choices and provides a lifespan perspective on work/career. The impact of career development theory on the counseling process, the relationship of career guidance and development to college, vocation/technical schools and job placement in community and school-based settings are studied and discussed. The availability of specialized career counseling resources, including career computer guidance programs for a diverse client population and those with special needs are investigated. This course is a Prerequisite to MEC 6502, MEC 6503, MEC 7202.


MEC 7500
Individual Counseling Skills and Strategies
6 credits

Students apply multicultural counseling theory in practice. The counseling process is discussed in generic terms, regardless of the theoretical base being used. Counseling methods are applied to personal/social development, academic development, and decision-making and crisis intervention. Legal and ethical issues of counseling are thoroughly discussed and analyzed

Prerequisite(s): MEC 6401, 6402, 6501, 6607, 7203, 7701 and a Degree Candidate, 12 credits, 3.0 GPA.


MEC 7501
Family Counseling
3 credits

The family structure is explored as students learn how to meet the needs of children at school through family counseling. A knowledge of family dynamics, social and cultural issues, and parenting education are needed as the class considers issues of sexuality, child abuse, substance abuse, sex-equity, and the impact of special needs children on the family structure. Socioeconomics, ethnic background, and race are addressed in terms of their influence on children in families. Students will research and report on community and agency resources and referral services available for children and their families

Prerequisite(s): MEC 6401, 6402, 6501, 6607, 7203, 7701.


MEC 7502
The Counselor as Consultant
3 credits

This course focuses on the counselor as consultant in matters concerning a child’s behavior, test interpretation, grades, and child’s ability to function socially, academically, and physically. Strategies for consultation with teachers, administrators, and parents are explored in order to help the child develop skills to be successful in the school setting. Students examine distinctions between counseling and consulting, and the need to increase collaborative consultations in schools, families and the community

Prerequisite(s): MEC 6401, 6402, 6501, 6607, 7203, 7701.


MEC 7503
Special Education Law and the School Counselor's Role
3 credits

Special Education Law and the School Counselor's Role

Prerequisite(s):


MEC 7600
Non-Certification Supervised Counseling Practicum
6 credits

This non-certification practicum course will give graduate students an opportunity for counseling skill development and demonstrate competence as counselors while participating in a clinical experience that does not lead to State of Delaware certification. Students and the University will mutually arrange a placement with a counselor in a school environment where they will engage in a variety of counseling activities. Students who choose this course option are subsequently not eligible for school counseling certification in the State of Delaware. This may impact the certification eligibility for other states. It is the responsibility of the student to keep current with certification requirements of states other than Delaware. The minimum of one hundred (100) hours must be completed to fulfill practicum requirement.

Prerequisite(s): MEC 6401, MEC 6402, MEC 6501, MEC 7500, MEC 7202, MEC 7203, MEC 7701


MEC 7701
Testing, Measurements, and Research in School Counseling
3 credits

This course is designed to prepare future professional school counselors to analyze and understand the scope and purposes of testing programs and the process of test administration. Students will explore commonly used assessment instruments that address learner aptitude, achievement, interest, intelligence, content areas, and traits like self esteem, values, and modalities to help in the decision making process. Statistics necessary to understand and interpret test and research data will be examined. Students will learn how to gather information through research, such as questionnaires and follow-up studies. The methods for analyzing the data and reporting the results will be described. The use of computers and other technology in scoring and interpreting tests and other research data will be explored. An individual research project is required. This course is a Prerequisite to MEC 7781, MEC 7782, MEC 8000, 8002.


MEC 7781
Supervised Elementary Practicum
6 credits

This practicum course provides graduate students an opportunity to obtain counseling skill development and demonstrate clinical competence as a school counselor. Clinical hours, course assignments, intervention project and clinical seminars are to be completed over the duration of a full 15-week semester. Passing scores on the ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators exam (test codes: #5712, #5722 and #5732) or a valid state educator certificate are a required component of the clinical application. See Clinical Program Manual for current and detailed information pertaining to the application and paperwork required for the practicum.

Prerequisite(s): MEC 6401, MEC 6402, MEC 6501, MEC 6607, MEC 7202, MEC 7203, MEC 7500, MEC 7701


MEC 7782
Supervised Secondary Practicum
6 credits

This practicum course provides graduate students an opportunity to obtain counseling skill development and demonstrate clinical competence as a school counselor. Clinical hours, course assignments, intervention project and clinical seminars are to be completed over the duration of a full 15-week semester. Passing scores on the ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators exam (test codes: #5712, #5722 and #5732) or a valid state educator certificate are a required component of the clinical application. See Clinical Program Manual for current and detailed information pertaining to the application and paperwork required for the practicum.

Prerequisite(s): MEC 6401, MEC 6402, MEC 6501, MEC 6607, MEC 7202, MEC 7203, MEC 7500, MEC 7701


MEC 7806
Research Methods, Statistics, and Accountability in School Counseling
3 credits

The focus of this course is to present common research concepts that will be applied to improve the practice of school counseling. The course will stress the importance for a strong research foundation emphasizing empirically supported interventions leading to evidence based practices in a comprehensive school guidance program. Accountability is addressed in the context of the ASCA national model; activities that demonstrate the counselor and program effectiveness are discussed. Basic statistics (descriptive and inferential) and research design methods will be presented.

Prerequisite(s): None. However a basic understanding of logic and mathematics is extremely useful.


MEC 8000
Supervised Elementary Internship I
6 credits

This internship course provides graduate students an opportunity to obtain counseling skill development and demonstrate clinical competence as a school counselor. Clinical hours, course assignments, research papers and clinical seminars are to be completed over the duration of a full 15-week semester. This is the first course in a two-course, two-semester, 12-credit sequence. Passing scores on the ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators exam (test codes: #5712, #5722 and #5732) or a valid state educator certificate are a required component of the clinical application. See Clinical Program Manual for current and detailed information pertaining to the application and paperwork required for the practicum.

Prerequisite(s): MEC 6401, MEC 6402, MEC 6501, MEC 6607, MEC 7202, MEC 7203, MEC 7500, MEC 7701


MEC 8001
Supervised Elementary Internship II
6 credits

This second internship course provides graduate students a continued opportunity to further develop counseling skills and demonstrate clinical competence as a school counselor. Clinical hours, course assignments, intervention project and clinical seminars are to be completed over the duration of a full 15-week semester. Passing internship I and submitting new clinical paperwork are required components of the internship II clinical application. See Clinical Program Manual for current and detailed information pertaining to the application and paperwork required for the practicum.

Prerequisite(s): MEC 8000 or MEC 8002


MEC 8002
Supervised Secondary Internship I
6 credits

This internship course provides graduate students an opportunity to obtain counseling skill development and demonstrate clinical competence as a school counselor. Clinical hours, course assignments, research papers and clinical seminars are to be completed over the duration of a full 15-week semester. This is the first course in a two-course, two-semester, 12-credit sequence. Passing scores on the ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators exam (test codes: #5712, #5722 and #5732) or a valid state educator certificate are a required component of the clinical application. See Clinical Program Manual for current and detailed information pertaining to the application and paperwork required for the practicum.

Prerequisite(s): MEC 6401, MEC 6402, MEC 6501, MEC 6607, MEC 7202, MEC 7203, MEC 7500, MEC 7701


MEC 8003
Supervised Secondary Internship II
6 credits

This second internship course provides graduate students a continued opportunity to further develop counseling skills and demonstrate clinical competence as a school counselor. Clinical hours, course assignments, intervention project and clinical seminars are to be completed over the duration of a full 15-week semester. Passing internship I and submitting new clinical paperwork are required components of the internship II clinical application. See Clinical Program Manual for current and detailed information pertaining to the application and paperwork required for the practicum.

Prerequisite(s): MEC 8000 or MEC 8002