UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Program applications must be submitted by October 1 for spring admission and February 1 for fall admission. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
You will earn a Master 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.
Students starting the program in or after fall 2013 will need 48 credit hours to graduate.
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.
No. There is currently no requirement in MN or WI to complete the Praxis exam for license. However, the Counseling Program strongly encourages students to take the exam to enhance license portability between states, and while knowledge of course content is still current.
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.
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.
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Textbooks can be purchased from the Falcon Shop in the University Center. Some textbooks are also on reserve at the library.
All students must complete 48 graduate credit hours to graduate. Electives are determined with your adviser, considering prior teaching degree or background. Talk with your adviser about which electives you will need to take in order to fulfill program requirements.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. Graduate assistant positions are available to students. They require 12 hours of work per week. Assistantships involve data entry and research for the program. Openings are posted on the Counseling listserv and on Facebook.