With a Masters of Arts in counseling and student personnel psychology (CSPP), you’ll be qualified to counsel others throughout their lifespan. Become a school counselor and help students develop academically, personally/socially, and in their careers. Study to be a college and student personnel counselor and work in a higher education setting. Or become a mental health professional and work in a community setting. Whatever you decide, a master's in CSPP leads to a fulfilling career that allows you to do well by doing good.
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The CSPP M.A. is a two-year, full-time program. You’ll study individual, group, and family counseling, research and evaluation, counseling theory, human growth and development, diagnostic assessment, social and cultural foundations, ethics, and career development.
Your curriculum requirements will depend on the area of emphasis you choose:
During your second year, you’ll spend two to three full days per week at a practicum site practicing your counseling skills under the supervision of an appropriately licensed counselor.
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"I am energized by the amount of learning that takes place within the CSPP program. The pairing of academic instruction from committed and knowledgeable professors with the sharing of varied experiences only a cohort model can provide, has made for a uniquely positive and engaging environment."
Interests: Working with students in alternative learning sites (particulartly students who are pregnant and/or parenting, as well as immigrant students)
Work: Cristina is part of the data collection team for the Spanish Individual Growth and Development Indicators Project, which assesses early literacy and language skills for Spanish-speaking preschool-aged children. Next year, her practicum will be at a Spanish immersion school in Wayzata, as well as a high school in Minneapolis that offers International Baccalaureate programming.