Graduate Programs at the School of Professional Studies
The aim of the Pastoral Counseling program is to train highly-skilled counselors and offer a pastoral-faith based component and specialty to our existing counseling programs. Students may work toward one of two degrees or an advanced certificate in pastoral counseling. Each program is designed to meet the American Association of Pastoral Counselors’ (AAPC) standards for membership and certification as a pastoral counselor. The AAPC is the national organization, representing over 30 different religious denominations, for pastoral counseling.
The cornerstone of the faith history explored in the program offered by the University of Saint Francis is from the Franciscan Intellectual and Spiritual tradition. This focus on the Franciscan tradition allows students of all faiths to explore their faith in light of the Franciscan tradition. Thus, the pastoral counseling program offered by the University of Saint Francis trains professional counselors in a unique Interfaith Franciscan Pastoral Counseling Program.
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
The program of study leading to the Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare persons to function as Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) in healthcare, residential, private practice, community agency, governmental, business, and industrial settings. The scope of practice for mental health counseling is defined in Section 24. IC 25-23.6-1-7.5 of the Indiana Code, which is available from the Psychology and Counseling Department.
Master of Science in Psychology
The Master of Science in Psychology is designed to give students a basic background in psychology. This program emphasizes a mastery of psychological fundamentals, i.e., theories and research methods, areas of specialization (development, social, abnormal behavior, physiological data, personality development, and behavior management techniques). The Master’s degree in Psychology is not considered a terminal degree, but a springboard to further study, doctoral studies or to enhance standing in or qualifications for one’s current career.
Master of Science in Education in Exceptional Needs/Mild Intervention and Exceptional Needs/Intense Intervention
Based on the conceptual framework developed in the Institutional Report: Joint Accreditation for Teacher Education, State of Indiana/NCATE (1997), the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the teacher education curriculum at the University of Saint Francis provides quality academic programs which foster the formation of religious, moral and ethical values; encourage the life-long pursuit of learning; and develop a sense of community.
The intent of the USF Educators Academy is two fold. First, to provide graduate course work on campus for licensure renewal. Second, to offer an online Response to Intervention Certificate program to provide direct, targeted training for teachers, school administrators, school counselors, and social workers/school social workers. The courses will better prepare professionals working in P-12 schools to meet the needs and expectations associated with Response to Intervention (RtI) defined by state and federal laws. This certificate program will be delivered on-line and will allow for flexibility for graduate-level students.
Master of Arts in Leadership Studies
The Master of Arts in Leadership Studies is a collaborative program designed by the School of Professional Studies and the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership. This program prepares educators, business entrepreneurs and non-profit professionals to foster progressive organizational change from a values-centered perspective. In the program, you will learn to:
- Value ethical leadership in an era of public sector accountability and private sector global competition.
- Refine skills and advance knowledge to promote creativity, entrepreneurship and decision making.
Master of Science in Education in School Counseling
The program of study leading to the MSEd degree in School Counseling is designed to prepare students to function as professional school counselors in public or parochial environments.