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Curriculum

Curriculum/Sequence of Courses

All Clinical-Counseling students complete a common core of required courses which includes two semesters of applied research training in their first year and two semesters of clinical internship in their second year. The sequence for required courses is listed below. Students also complete one forced-choice elective course that is developmental in nature (either Psyc 660: Human Growth and Lifespan Development or Psyc 663: Child Psychopathology or Psyc 686 Child and Adult Sexual Assault) and one that reflects the biological bases of behavior (either Psyc 628: Biological Foundations of Behavior or Psyc 774: Introduction to Psychopharmacological Medications). Students who opt to complete a thesis will earn the MA degree (46 credit hours) while students who pursue the non-thesis track will earn the MS degree (40 credit hours). Additional information regarding the curriculum is contained in the Graduate Catalogue and on the “Program of Study” forms.   

First Year
During your first year, 9 of your 10 courses are preset (and identical for the MA & MS degree). You will be able to take 1 elective during the Spring semester of your first year.

Fall  

Spring

610 Analysis of Behavioral Data (3)

611 Methodology and Program Evaluation (3)

631 Cognitive Intellectual Assessment Techniques (3)

640 Professional Orientation & Function in Mental Health Counseling (3)

641 Theories of Counseling (3)

642 Techniques in Counseling (3)

685 Psychopathology & Diagnosis (3)

Elective (3)

679: Applied Training in Psychological Research (2)

679: Applied Training in Psychological Research (2)

14 hours

14 hours

Summer between first and second year
While some students go home over the summer, others stay in Radford in order to begin working on their thesis or to take elective courses. In some states, in order to include internship hours toward residency requirements for licensure at the masters level, the internship must not have begun until the completion of 30 semester hours towards the graduate degree. Thus, students wishing to pursue licensure are encouraged to take 2 summer school classes so that you will have completed 30 semester hours prior to beginning your internship in your second year. Students can also consider taking electives from other programs including Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Social Work, and Criminal Justice.

 

Second year
 
 
 
All students are required to complete 2 semesters of internship and to take Psy 637 during the Fall semester. In order to be considered a full time student, 9 credit hours per semester must be taken. While students pursuing the MS degree typically opt to take additional electives, students pursuing the MA degree will also register for 3 credit hours of thesis each semester.

Typical courses taken in 2nd year by students pursuing MA (thesis) option (46 hours)

Fall

Spring

798 Professional Internship (3)

798 Professional Internship (3)

699 Research and Thesis (3)

699 Research and Thesis (3)

637 Personality Assessment (3)

Elective (3)

9 hours

9 hours

 Typical courses taken in 2nd year by students pursuing MS (non-thesis) option (40 hours)

Fall

Spring

798 Professional Internship (3)

798 Professional Internship (3)

637 Personality Assessment (3)

Elective (3)

Elective (3)

Electives (3)

9 hours

9 hours

 

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