Counseling AMP

All students must meet the Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Degree Programs

Overview

This accelerated master’s degree program (AMP) is designed to offer select UVM undergraduates from multiple disciplines the opportunity to obtain their bachelor’s degree while beginning their Master’s degree in Counseling during their senior year.  The mission of the Counseling Program at the University of Vermont is to prepare students to work as counseling professionals in culturally and socially diverse school, mental health, and community settings and to act as facilitators of personal and social change. In the Counseling Program, students have the option to enroll in a 48 credit hour School Counseling program, a 60 credit hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, or in the Dual Option with 68 credits. Our program requirements include 600-1000 hours of practicum and internship in a field setting. Students enrolled in the AMP can have up to six credits of graduate-level courses taken during their senior undergraduate year count towards both a bachelor’s degree and the Master’s in Counseling degree.  An additional three credits of graduate level coursework taken their senior year can be applied towards the master’s degree provided that these three credits are not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements.  Students in the AMP would then be expected to complete remaining master’s degree requirements during a fifth and sixth year of study.  Full-time graduate student status will start the fall after their undergraduate graduation and will be expected to be maintained until completion of their Master’s degree in Counseling.

Specific Requirements

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

Students must apply for admission into the accelerated master’s in counseling program in the beginning of spring semester their junior year.  Admission into AMP program will be determined, based upon the following:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25
  • Completion of the Graduate College Application form that must include at least two letters of recommendation from  UVM faculty members.

Students MUST be admitted through the Graduate College before taking any courses that will be applied to the master’s degree requirements.  Students will start AMP degree coursework during fall of their senior year.  While not required for admission, applicants are strongly encouraged to take EDCO 101 The Helping Relationship during the spring of their junior year.

Minimum Degree Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science

A minimum of 48 credit hours for the School Counseling program, 60 credit hours for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, or 68 credits for the Dual Option are required for completion of the accelerated master’s degree in counseling.  Students must also complete 600-1000 hours of practicum and internship in a field setting. Students must also meet the UVM Graduate College requirements for the Master's Degree.

Accelerated Masters Program Courses

The 6-9 credits of course work for the AMP that will be taken during the student’s undergraduate senior year should be selected from the following list:

FALL COURSES
EDCO 374Counseling Theory & Practice3
EDCO 220Developmental Persp in Counsel3
SPRING COURSES
EDCO 340Development Guidance in Schls3
EDCO 361Practice of Mental Hlth Cnslng3

Additional Courses to be taken post-bachelors

SCHOOL COUNSELING
EDCO 374Counseling Theory & Practice 13
EDCO 220Developmental Persp in Counsel 13
EDCO 350Prof Issues in Counseling3
EDCO 375Lab Experience in Counseling3
EDCO 363Counseling Practicum3
EDCO 340Development Guidance in Schls 13
EDCO 377Diversity Issues in Counseling3
EDCO 381Counsel/Career&Lifestyle Dev3
EDCO 341Diagnosis in School Counseling1
EDCO 392Group Counseling Experience1
EDCO 394Special Topics in Counseling3
EDCO 344Modalities: Couns Child & Adol3
EDCO 389Counseling Internship (School Counseling)6
EDCO 393Adv Group:Theory and Practice3
EDCO 388Family and Couples Counseling3
EDCO 342Assessment in School1
EDCO 376Addictions Counseling3
CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
EDCO 374Counseling Theory & Practice 13
EDCO 220Developmental Persp in Counsel 13
EDCO 350Prof Issues in Counseling3
EDCO 375Lab Experience in Counseling3
EDCO 363Counseling Practicum3
EDCO 361Practice of Mental Hlth Cnslng 13
EDCO 377Diversity Issues in Counseling3
EDCO 344Modalities: Couns Child & Adol3
EDCO 392Group Counseling Experience1
EDCO 381Counsel/Career&Lifestyle Dev3
EDCO 394Special Topics in Counseling3
EDCO 344Modalities: Couns Child & Adol3
EDCO 389Counseling Internship9
EDCO 393Adv Group:Theory and Practice3
EDCO 388Family and Couples Counseling3
EDCO 352Assessment in Mental Health3
EDCO 376Addictions Counseling3
EDCO 387Therapeutic Psychopharmacology3
EDCO Counseling Electives2
DUAL OPTION (SCHOOL & CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING)
EDCO 374Counseling Theory & Practice 13
EDCO 220Developmental Persp in Counsel 13
EDCO 340Development Guidance in Schls 13
EDCO 350Prof Issues in Counseling3
EDCO 375Lab Experience in Counseling3
EDCO 363Counseling Practicum3
EDCO 361Practice of Mental Hlth Cnslng 13
EDCO 377Diversity Issues in Counseling3
EDCO 344Modalities: Couns Child & Adol3
EDCO 392Group Counseling Experience1
EDCO 381Counsel/Career&Lifestyle Dev 13
EDCO 394Special Topics in Counseling3
EDCO 344Modalities: Couns Child & Adol3
EDCO 389Counseling Internship (Mental Health)9
EDCO 393Adv Group:Theory and Practice3
EDCO 388Family and Couples Counseling3
EDCO 352Assessment in Mental Health3
EDCO 376Addictions Counseling3
EDCO 387Therapeutic Psychopharmacology3
EDCO 389Counseling Internship (School Counseling)6
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 Required during first or second year of post-bachelor's work, if not chosen for the6-9 credits taken during senior year of undergraduate.

Comprehensive Examination

All students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive evaluation at the end of their studies in the UVM Counseling Program. The Level I Licensure Portfolio serves as the comprehensive evaluative tool for students in the School Counseling Track. The Oral Examination (“Orals”) serves this requirement for all students in the Mental Health Track. Students in the Dual Option program of study will be required to complete both the Portfolio and the Oral Examination.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science

A GPA of 3.0 or greater in conjunction with successful completion of all required courses as well as satisfactory completion of the comprehensive examination.