Educational counseling program

 

The Educational counseling program offers studies for Bachelor's, Master's, and doctoral degrees in a variety of tracks. Faculty members are renowned researchers in their fields, address a wide range of issues, and offer a comprehensive and rich curriculum.

 

The program aims to deepen the theoretical, research, and applied knowledge in the field of educational consulting and train consultants with both therapeutic and research abilities. Emphasis is placed on the processes of acquiring knowledge and skills to bring about change at the level of the individual, family, as well as social and educational systems.

 

The program offers a unique track for a Master's degree in Educational counseling (MA) combined with studies toward a certificate in behavioral-cognitive therapy (CBT) or certificate in organizational consulting. In the academic year 2012, a class for study of behavioral-cognitive therapy (CBT) opened. In the academic year 2013, the registration is open only for study toward the certificate in organizational consulting studies.

 

The program curriculum for the Master's degree in Educational counseling focuses on three main areas:

  • Expanding the theoretical and applied knowledge in key areas of professional expertise in educational consulting, counseling skills, child and adolescent development, multicultural issues in counseling, special needs populations, systemic counseling, consultation with teachers and parents, and developing a positive climate.
  • Development of skills for performing research in the field of counseling, including critical reading of research studies and development of critical thinking to promote the processes of evaluation and research of the work of the counselors.
  • Development of counseling skills to promote individual, group, and systemic interventions.

 

 

Curriculum

 

The curriculum includes theoretical and research studies together with professional training and practical experience. Curricular content and the scope of study hours change from one track to another and are listed below. In addition to the educational counseling curriculum, students must meet the requirements in basic Jewish studies and in English, as specified on the website of the Master's Degree committee.

 

As part of the curriculum it is important that students also participate in experiential courses and shared workshops. Together with acquiring relevant content areas, in the course of these unique encounters the students undergo a significant process of consolidating their professional identity and professional skills development. The curriculum is based on the perception that counselors must have the ability to come into meaningful contact with the child's soul and needs, parents, and school staff. In addition, the academic program is designed to provide graduates with training toward competent counseling work based on evidence and grounded in empirical research.

 

The curriculum for the Master's degree in educational counseling spans two years (three for students in the track with a thesis). The curriculum is structured, and the students must learn the complete curriculum and meet all the obligations in every school year.

 

Learning tracks

 

Track A: Master's degree with a thesis in educational counseling

 

The track is designed for students interested in obtaining a Master's degree (MA) in educational counseling that includes writing a research paper (thesis) as part of the curriculum. The study includes the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and professional-counseling skills together with academic and research development. The program is designed to allow integration in counseling work while continuing academic studies in general and studies toward a doctorate in particular.

 

Theoretical studies totaling 22 hours/year take place twice a week over two years (first year, Monday and Wednesday; second year, Monday and Thursday). In addition, practical work in school is required for five weekly hours (one day) over two years of study (September - June). After finishing two years of theoretical studies, students are given another (third) year to submit the research paper (thesis).

 

Students who do not have a Bachelor's degree in the educational counseling from Bar-Ilan University are required to complete necessary studies as needed, depending on the curriculum of their undergraduate degree (see below the list of supplemental courses).

 

Track B: Master's degree without a thesis in Educational counseling

 

The track is designed for students interested in obtaining a Master's degree (MA) in Educational counseling without writing a research paper (thesis). The program includes the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and professional-counseling skills, and participation in research courses with expansion in educational counseling. Students are required to take a final examination on the content learned, as determined by the Master's degree committee of the School of Education.

 

Theoretical studies totaling 28 hours/year take place twice a week over two years (first year, Monday and Wednesday; second year, Monday and Thursday). In addition, practical work in school is required for five weekly hours (one day) over two years of study (September - June).

 

Students who do not have a bachelor's degree in the Educational counseling from Bar-Ilan University are required to complete necessary studies as needed, depending on the curriculum of their undergraduate degree (see below the list of supplemental courses).

 

Master's degree in Educational counseling combined with studies in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or organizational counseling.

 

This unique track allows obtaining a Master's degree in combination with one of two specializations, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or organizational counseling, concurrently with studies toward the Master's degree in educational counseling (MA).

 

The program combines studies toward Master's degree in Educational counseling with individual or systemic training in a way that makes it possible to avoid taking duplicate courses on one hand and to participate in an expanded academic program on the other. Receiving a certificate in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or organizational counseling is contingent on completing all obligations in studies toward the Master's degree in Educational counseling (certificates are be awarded until all requirements are met).

 

Priority in admission to the program is given to students with a Bachelor's degree in Educational counseling or related studies. Students who do not have a Bachelor's degree in the Educational counseling from Bar-Ilan University are required to complete the necessary studies as needed, depending on the curriculum of their undergraduate degree (see below the list of supplemental courses).

 

Program tuition consists of two components: payment for studies toward the MA in Educational counseling and an additional payment for certificate studies.

 

In the academic year 2012, a class for study of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) opened. In the academic year 2013, registration is open only for study toward the certificate in organizational consulting studies.

 

Studies toward a certificate in organizational consulting are the product of cooperation between the Educational counseling program and the Leadership and management in education systems program.

 

Additional information about the certificate in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can be obtained here.

Additional information about the certificate in organizational consulting can be obtained here.

 

Registration for studies toward a certificate in organizational consulting (in addition to the registration toward MA degree studies) is available here.

 

 

Practical work (all tracks)

 

In every academic year, practical work is an integral part of MA degree studies, and it includes two stages as follows:

Stage I - in the first academic year of MA degree studies, each student is assigned to a school counselor in one of the schools for one day a week (5 hours) for the entire school year (September - June). This work is accompanied by an annual practicum (Practicum A) and meetings with the Coordinator of the practical work.

 

Stage II - in the second academic year of MA degree studies, each student is assigned to a school counselor in one of the schools for one day a week (5 hours) for the entire school year (September - June). In the course of this year, students accumulate experience in individual and group counseling interventions. This work is accompanied by an annual practicum (Practicum B) and meetings with the Coordinator of the practical work.

 

Practical work hours are in addition to study days at the university.

 

Teachers with experience of 10 years or more, who have relevant experience in counseling, and guidance counselors with experience of 5 years or more may apply for exemption from Stage I of practical work only, and must attend the practicum in both years. Exemptions are given on an individual basis and are based on the professional opinion of the academic staff in charge of practicum and practical work.

 

Practical work starts at the beginning of the school year (September).

 

Application process

 

Applying for a Master's degree in Educational counseling is subject to the following conditions:

 

  • Applicants with a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 87 or more. Graduates who do not hold a Bachelor's degree in Educational counseling from Bar-Ilan University must take supplemental courses and obtain passing final grades.
  • Experience in education and working with children, teenagers, adolescents, or emerging adults.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Completed applicant questionnaire and a resume.

 

In addition to registration, applicants must submit two structured recommendations to the secretariat of the Master's Degree Committee of the School of Education (recommendation forms can be downloaded here). We suggest that one of the recommendations be by an academic course lecturer (preferably, a seminar) and the other from a professional who knows the applicant based on field experience. Recommendations must reach the Master's degree committee office directly and not through the applicants (it is suggested to provide the recommenders with an addressed stamped envelope).

 

In addition to submitting the recommendations, applicants must complete and submit the questionnaire to the Master's degree committee offices of the School of Education, together with a resume and a recent photograph.

 

Applicants who sign up to the CBT or the Organizational consulting program must register also for studies toward Master's degree in Educational counseling (MA). Registration is done at the School of Education offices for continuing education or through the university website. Applicants must send proof of registration and payment of the registration fee to the offices of the Master's degree committee.

 

Registration for studies toward a Master's degree in Educational counseling is open to students with a Bachelor's degree in any field. Eligibility for admission into the MA degree program is assessed based on the applicant's qualifications. Preference is given to graduates of the Educational counseling program or related studies. Students who do not have a Bachelor's degree in the Educational counseling from Bar-Ilan University are required to complete the necessary studies as needed, depending on the curriculum of their undergraduate degree (see below the list of supplemental courses).

 

The teaching certificate is not a condition for admission into the Educational counseling program. Note that educational counselors working in the school system are required to have both an MA degree and a teaching certificate. Applicants interested in studying toward a teaching certificate in addition to the Master's degree can obtain more details here.

 

Acceptance into the program is based on considering all applicant data, including past achievements, answers to the personal questionnaire, references, previous experience, and one or more interviews, as needed. Only applicants found likely to be accepted into the program will be invited for an interview.

 

To be invited for an interview applicants must complete of all the registration process, and all of the following documents must be in the applicant's file:

  • 1. Two letters of recommendation.
  • 2. Applicant questionnaire and resume.
  • 3. Current photograph.
  • 4. Proof of registration to certificate studies (if applicable).

 

The questionnaires and other documents must be sent to the address specified below. Applicants with incomplete files will not be invited for an interview:

Master's Degree committee

Educational Counseling Program

School of Education

Bar-Ilan University

Ramat-Gan, 52900

 

The recommendation form can be downloaded here.

The applicant's personal questionnaire can be downloaded here.

For details about the certificate in Organizational consulting click here.

For registration to the Organizational consulting certificate program click here.

For details and registration to the university click here.

For details about the teaching certificate program click here.

 

Supplemental courses

 

Admitted applicants who do not have a Bachelor's degree in Educational counseling from Bar-Ilan University are required to complete necessary studies as needed, depending on the curriculum of their undergraduate degree. All study requirements for supplemental courses must be completed in the first academic year, which is a condition for continuing with the program in the second year.

 

Following is the list of supplementary courses:

Course number             Course title

77-322                         Basic counseling interview skills

77-310                         Psychology of personality development and learning

77-304                         Introduction to counseling

 

Courses in quantitative and qualitative research (or exemption examination)

77-030                         Introduction to quantitative research 1.

77-031                         Introduction to quantitative research 2.

77-040                         Introduction to qualitative research - e-Learning course

 

Students are encouraged to take exemption examinations in qualitative and quantitative research courses. Details about the examinations, their dates and scope are provided to admitted applicants. The exemption makes it unnecessary to take the supplementary course.

 

Additional information about registration and the school can be obtained at the secretariat of the Master's Degree committee at the School of Education:

Building 905, 3rd Floor, Rooms 301-304

Tel: 03-5318456

Fax: 03-7384029

Answering service: Monday - Thursday - 8:00 to 9:00, 12:00 to 13:00

 

Reception hours: Mon, Wed - 9:00 to 11:00

Monday - Thursday - 10:00 to 12:00

Email: toar2edu@mail.biu.ac.il

 

Program Director: Dr. Jacob b. Yablon

School of Education, Bar - Ilan University, Ramat Gan 52900, Israel

Office: Building 905 Room 514

Tel: 03-5318712 Fax: 03-7384029

Email: yaacov.yablon @ biu.ac.il

 

Faculty

Name Rank/Position
Ms. Adler Malka Teaching Associate A
Ms. Amity Bat Sheva Teacher E
Dr. Apel Zeev Teaching Associate B
Dr. Asif Tsemach Instructor
Dr. Bazak Shira Instructor
Dr. Bental Ayelet Teaching Associate B
Dr. Cohen-Malayev Maya Teaching Associate B
Ms. Golan Roni/Practice teaching coordinator Teacher D
Prof. Katz Yaacov Emeritus Professor
Dr. Madjar Nir Senior Lecturer
Prof. Rich Yisrael Associate Professor/Head of Stern Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Education
Dr. Richard Oharing Teaching Associate B
Dr. Schachter Elli Senior Lecturer
Dr. Weiss Yitzhak Teacher C
Prof. Yablon Yaacov B. Associate Professor/ Head Educational Counseling Program
Dr. Yinon Avigail Teacher B