Master of Science in Education - Mental Health Counseling

Master's Degree Program - 60 Credit Hours
Hybrid

This program is intended to enhance the skills of practicing professionals who have goals of becoming effective professional school counselors or mental health counselors. Our graduates complete coursework to help them make a difference in classrooms and other locations across the nation.

Program Description:

Take the next step in education with BVU, a leader both in the number of education students who complete programs each year and in the success of our alumni. Graduates meet the curricular requirements for Iowa professional licensure under section 31.6(2) of the Bureau of Professional Licensure of the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science standards. Licensure in mental health counseling includes options for emphasis in addictions or gerontology counseling and requires a minimum of 60 credit hours in the program.

  • Storm Lake

Mental Health Counseling Coursework Degree Requirements

  • GEDU 519 Professional and Ethical Orientation to Counseling
  • GEDU 528 Research Methods in Counseling
  • GEDU 529 Human Development and Learning Through the Lifespan
  • GEDU 544 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  • GEDU 546 Methods and Procedures in Counseling
  • GEDU 549 Career Development and Assessment
  • GEDU 548 Group Counseling
  • GEDU 552 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • GMHC 510 Assessment and Appraisal Techniques in Counseling
  • GMHC 520 Counseling Couples and Families
  • GMHC 530 Theories of Counseling
  • GMHC 535 Program Evaluation and Consultation in Counseling
  • GMHC 540 Psychopathology and Psychological Disorders
  • GMHC 550 Diagnostics and Treatment Planning
  • GMHC 570 Advanced Counseling Practices and Crisis Interventions
  • GMHC 580 Supervised Practicum in Mental Health Counseling
  • GMHC 583 Introduction to Perspectives on Aging (elective)
  • GMHC 590 Internship I in Mental Health Counseling
  • GMHC 591 Internship II in Mental Health Counseling
  • GMHC 593 Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • GMHC 598 Capstone Portfolio
Admissions criteria for the Master of Science in Education - Mental Health Counseling program
  • Bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree
  • A minimum undergraduate college grade point average (GPA ) of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • The BVU analytic writing assessment (administered by BVU staff)
  • Three letters of recommendation from specified sources
  • Official paper transcripts, from any institution attended as well as any graduate transcripts, sent directly to:

    Graduate Programs
    Buena Vista University
    610 W. 4th Street
    Storm Lake, IA 50588
  • Access to minimum technology requirements
  • Acceptance by the admissions committee into the program
Admissions process for the Master of Science in Education - Mental Health Counseling program
  1. Complete the online application form, including auto-biographical statements.
      Autobiographical questions:
    • Describe significant personal and/or professional experiences that influenced you to pursue the counseling profession.
    • Describe a time when you advocated for or demonstrated leadership in something that mattered to you.
    • Discuss messages you have received from your family of origin about people who were different from you and how your attitudes and experiences as an adult do or do not reflect those messages.
    • Discuss what you anticipate will be the most challenging aspect of becoming a counselor.
    • In entering a field dedicated to helping others, discuss how you would take care of yourself or attend to your well-being.
  2. Obtain 3 letters with supportive endorsement or recommendation from:
    • Three letters of recommendation from supervisors, colleagues or former university instructors are required to complete your application package. Please print this form and submit to the Graduate Program Office after completion. Letters of recommendation are due prior to the application deadline to be eligible for consideration. Download the letter of recommendation form.
  3. Prepare for and take the BVU analytical writing assessment test, as arranged by the graduate specialist following submission of the application.

Application Timeline

A new cohort begins each August. Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials as early as possible. Priority will be given to applications submitted before March 15. After March 15, applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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Federal Teach Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Students must meet all eligibility requirements.

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Technology Requirements for Online Courses

BVU’s graduate program uses computer technology to deliver course information over the internet through e-mail and web sites. Student access, whether at home or school, is essential to graduate study at Buena Vista University.

Recommended Computer Hardware & Software Requirements:

  • A PC or Macintosh with Core 2 Duo or higher processor
  • 2GB RAM or more
  • Windows 7 or Macintosh Lion Operating Systems
  • Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 9
  • Access to Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 (Work, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • High-Speed/Broadband internet connection
  • Some courses may require a webcam and microphone

Students who do not have recent versions of Microsoft Office may purchase the software at significant savings through an agreement between BVU and Microsoft. A student ID is required. For more information, follow the “Student Resources” link at www.bvu.edu/grad.

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