UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the application deadlines?

Program applications must be submitted by October 1 for spring admission and February 1 for fall admission. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

What type of degree will I have upon completing the Counseling program?

You will earn a Masters of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree. Completion of all program requirements include passing your coursework, comprehensive examination, practicum and the Praxis Professional School Counselor exam.

How many credits will I need to graduate?

Students starting the program in or after fall 2013 will need 48 credit hours to graduate.

How many credits are considered full-time?

Full-time attendance at the graduate level is considered nine credits or more, usually the equivalent of three classes. It's not recommended that students take more than nine credit hours per semester.

Will I be required to take the Praxis exam? If so, when can I take it?

Yes. Students will need to pass the Praxis Professional School Counselor exam in order to gain licensure as a K-12 school counselor. We recommend waiting to take the exam until all core coursework is completed. We also recommend for students to have started an internship before taking the test. Students should register for their preferred test date well in advance. 

Who will be my academic adviser?

Your academic adviser is assigned to you when you are admitted into the program. The name and contact information for your adviser is on your letter of acceptance.

What are my parking options?

Please visit University Parking for more information.

Where do I buy my textbooks?

Textbooks can be purchased from the Falcon Shop in the University Center. Some textbooks are also on reserve at the library.

Do I need to have a teaching license to become a school counselor?

No.

Are there additional requirements that I will need to complete if I'm not already a licensed teacher?

There are no additional requirements for students without a teaching license. Talk with your adviser about which electives you will need to take in order to fulfill program requirements.

Class Information

In what order should I take my classes?

Students will meet with their advisers to complete a customized Tentative Degree Plan (TDP) which will outline when classes should be taken. TDPs must be completed within the first semester of coursework. COUN 610: Introduction to School Counseling is a prerequisite to all core coursework and must be taken during your first semester in the program.

When are courses typically offered?

Courses are Monday to Thursday, typically from 4:30-7:15 p.m. during fall and spring semesters. Depending on the course, summer and J-Term courses follow a different schedule. Specific course offerings vary depending on the semester.

Can I take classes part-time?

Yes. One benefit of our program is that it allows students to choose their own pace. The program must be completed within seven years, so students often take classes part-time. We recommend students take no more than nine credits (full-time) in any semester. Talk with your adviser to map out your Tentative Degree Plan (TDP).

Are there online class options?

Occasionally classes are offered online, or in a hybrid format (part online, part in-person). Due to the nature of counseling being a person-oriented, interactive profession, we prefer in-person classes to facilitate optimal learning and skill development.

How do I register for classes?

Registration is done by logging into eSIS using your student ID and password. Once logged in, click on "enroll" from the homepage and select the correct semester. From there, select the department that offers your desired course. A list of courses will appear and you can choose the course you wish to take.

Can I take classes without being admitted to the program?

Yes. Students may take one three-credit course per semester (up to nine total credits) without being officially admitted to the program. Speak with the department or program chair to find out more.

Field Experiences

When do I begin my practicum experience?

The practicum is completed during the second or third semester in the program and after COUN 610. Talk with your adviser about when you should take the practicum.

When do I begin my internship experience?

The internship may be completed after successfully passing all core counseling courses, passing the comprehensive examination and attending a mandatory pre-internship meeting. Students may complete the three internships in one, two or three semesters. Talk with your adviser about your TDP.

Will I be placed at a school for the practicum or internship?

No. Students must find their own field placement sites within two hours of UWRF. Counseling practicum and internship coordinators assist you in this process by providing consultation, resources and contacts. Attending the mandatory pre-practicum and pre-internship meetings will provide the necessary information to find placement sites.

Paying for Graduate School

Which scholarships can I apply for?

UWRF offers several scholarships for Counseling program students. Also, professional organizations like the Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA) offer scholarships for graduate students. Check out the Minnesota School Counselors Association (MSCA) or the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) for other options.

Does the program offer graduate assistantships?

Yes. Graduate assistant positions are available to students. They require 15 hours of work per week. Assistantships involve data entry and research for the program. Openings are posted on the Counseling listserve and on Facebook.

How can I apply for financial aid?

Visit the Financial Aid Office for more information. Generally, you will need to complete a FAFSA.

Contact Us

Counseling
mark.gillen@uwrf.edu
715-425-3890
231 Wyman Education Building
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