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Core Counseling Cohort

Core Counseling Cohort

Take your counseling profession to the next level. Earn your master's degree in counseling through our unique cohort-style program.

What is the Core Counseling Cohort?

The Core Counseling Cohort is for those interested in pursuing a master's degree in counseling (Master of Science in Education (MSE)) in the areas of clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, or student affairs and college counseling. The program offers a cohort-style delivery for the 36 core hours of our counseling programs. Once you complete the 36 hours, you will move into your content area, depending on your individualized program of study. Your remaining program hours will be determined by your content area ranging from 12 to 25 additional hours. 

Program of Study

Program Features

  • Complete your counseling foundation courses in only four semesters

  • Move directly to any of the three content areas upon completion: clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, or student affairs and college counseling

  • School counseling content area endorsements include PK-8, 7-12, and dual endorsement PK-12

  • Learn in a supportive community of peers from diverse personal and professional backgrounds

  • Build relationships with career professional for lifelong collaboration and consultation

  • Learn innovative counseling research, theory, and treatment approaches to apply to your counseling career       

  • Develop and refine counseling skills to serve the needs of clients, communities, and agencies            

 


Join our Cohort. Continue your personal and professional growth while learning with others.

Those who are most successful in this format value personal and professional learning and growth; respect the counseling profession; and thrive on the opportunity to learn with others - linking the best of the affective and cognitive worlds.

Location

Classes are taught at College Center in South Sioux City, Neb.

Class Format

Classes meet five Saturdays per semester from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer courses are completely online. Saturday classes are interactive and involve small and large group processes, discussions, and experiential skills building activities.

Program Benefits

  • Readings, writings, and discussions are based on cutting-edge theory and practice and support the learning of individuals seeking an MSE in counseling. 
  • Participants support one another through face-to-face and online discussions throughout the four semester program.
  • Courses focus on the integration of research literature and practical counseling competencies and skills application.
  • Courses are facilitated by college professional who are licensed mental health practitioners and by highly qualified, licensed practitioners in the field. 
  • Counseling competencies and experiential skills building are integrated throughout the entire program.

Composition

The composition of the diverse community consists of a minimum of 10 students to as many as 20. 

What happens if I cannot make part or all of a Saturday session?

The attendance expectation is 100%. Adult students may have life circumstances that result in missing parts of the Saturday sessions. Absence must be worked out with the other learners and facilitators in your cohort. Keep in mind that missing a Saturday session is like missing 15-20 hours of an on-campus program - a significant loss of learning time and something that carries consequences and is not to be taken lightly. When someone is absent not only is that person unable to receive and take part in the learning but the rest of the community is unable to tap into his or her expertise and to expand the learning. You need to maintain the highest of expectations for your learning.  Participating in the learning experiences is part of those expectations. A plan of action needs to be designed, approved and implemented to address the hours not in attendance.

Can someone join the program after the first Saturday?

We understand some individuals may want to join after the first Saturday. However, for continuity and stability of the cohort no new enrollments will be accepted after the second weekend. If someone wants to joins the second weekend he or she will need to complete the admissions form and other paperwork prior to the second weekend and be responsible for assignments from the first Saturday.

How long do I have to complete the MSE?

Officially you have 10 years from the date you begin the program to complete. If you need an extension of more than one semester to complete the program of study, you will have to make special arrangements with the Counseling Department chair and the Graduate Office - this circumstance should be rare.

What happens if I have to drop out of the program?

You would need to notify your advisor, the School of Education and Counseling Office, and the Continuing Education Office.

What is the cost of the program?

The core counseling cohort is a 36-hour graduate program. Costs per credit hour vary, depending on residency. View current tuition and fees.

Payment options:

View instructions on making payments, including payment method options and policies. Contact the Student Financial Services Office at 402-375-7229 for additional inquiries.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Because you will be enrolled at least half-time, you may qualify for a federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan (DL). The DL program provides loans of up to $20,500 per year for graduate students. Unsubsidized loans accrue interest while the student is enrolled. Students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year. This form can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For further information, contact the WSC Student Financial Services Office at 402-375-7229 or by email at sfs@wsc.edu.

If you are receiving financial aid and it is not processed prior to the payment due date, you must be prepared to pay the balance due from other means by the due date. All fees must be paid in full before you can register for the next semester. Students qualifying for Veterans Administration benefits should contact the Records and Registration Office at 402-375-7239.

Recognized for Excellence

Wayne State College is continually recognized for academic excellence, incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

Most Affordable Master's in Counseling, 2017 - Best Counseling Degrees. Cheapest counseling masters degrees award.

No. 1 in Nebraska;
No. 5 in the Midwest

Most Affordable Master's in Counseling, 2017-18

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Questions? Contact:

Shannon Reinke, Office Assistant
School of Education and Counseling
Brandenburg Education Building
402-375-7389
shreink1@wsc.edu

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Take the Next Step

Apply today and reserve your spot. Encourage your colleagues to join and learn together.