Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Slippery Rock University

Student Affairs in Higher Education with College Counseling, Master of Arts (MA)

Professional Licensure Certification

All candidates completing this program are eligible to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania after achieving a passing score on the National Counselor Examination. Additionally, candidates must obtain supervised experience, which can begin after the completion of 48 credits. If you are interested in counseling in another state, please contact the licensing board in that state.

Related Links

Student Affairs in Higher Education - College Counseling, MA Program Page

Student Affairs in Higher Education with College Counseling Fact Sheet

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

  • Overall/Major GPA: 3.00 or higher
Core I - Basic Knowledge
CDEV 602Introduction to Student Affairs and College Counseling3
CDEV 614Helping Relationships3
CDEV 621Social and Cultural Diversity3
CDEV 699Introduction to Research3
Core II - Professional Knowledge
CDEV 608Ethical and Legal Issues in Student Affairs3
CDEV 623Higher Education Environments, Cultures, and Students3
CDEV 625Assessment in Student Affairs3
or CDEV 680 Assessment in Counseling
CDEV 631College Student Learning and Development 13
or CDEV 610 Lifespan Development
CDEV 632College Student Learning and Development 23
CDEV 639Students in American Higher Education3
CDEV 643Organizational Behavior & Leadership in Higher Education3
or CDEV 638 Foundations of College Counseling
Elective Course3
Core III - Advanced Knowledge
CDEV 646Student Affairs Capstone3
or CDEV 756 College Counseling Internship
CDEV 705Student Affairs Practicum3
or CDEV 707 College Counseling Practicum
Core IV - Advanced Counseling Knowledge
CDEV 603Career Development and Counseling3
CDEV 607Contextual Dimensions of Diagnosis3
CDEV 612Group Counseling3
CDEV 670Counseling Theory3
CDEV 756College Counseling Internship3
Total Hours60

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Major Code: 9439/COLC
Revised: 10.12.2022

Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CDEV 602 Introduction to Student Affairs and College Counseling 3
CDEV 614 Helping Relationships 3
CDEV 623 Higher Education Environments, Cultures, and Students 3
CDEV 670 Counseling Theory 3
CDEV 610 Lifespan Development 3
CDEV 621 Social and Cultural Diversity 3
CDEV 680 Assessment in Counseling 3
CDEV 608 Ethical and Legal Issues in Student Affairs 3
Second Year
CDEV 603 Career Development and Counseling 3
CDEV 612 Group Counseling 3
CDEV 632 College Student Learning and Development 2 3
CDEV 638 Foundations of College Counseling 3
CDEV 607 Contextual Dimensions of Diagnosis 3
CDEV 639 Students in American Higher Education 3
CDEV 707 College Counseling Practicum 3
Elective 3
Third Year
CDEV 699 Introduction to Research 3
CDEV 756 College Counseling Internship 3
CDEV 756 College Counseling Internship 3
Elective 3
 Total Hours**60

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year.

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Revised Date: 02.25.2021