The Department of Counseling’s mission is to prepare students to be socially responsible leaders in a diverse global society. Faculty provide a challenging and supportive environment that encourages personal growth and development. The master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health, School Counseling, or Addictions Counseling trains students to translate sound theoretical knowledge and research into effective clinical practice. In a rigorous and integrated program of study, students acquire a strong theoretical grounding in human development, counseling paradigms, and change strategies.
The Master of Arts in Counseling degree consists of a minimum of sixty (60) semester credit hours of course work designed to prepare professionals to counsel in a variety of settings. Students are required to enroll in one of three specialty areas: clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, or addictions counseling. All specialty areas are CACREP accredited. The Department welcomes both full-time and part-time students and is committed to recruiting students that are representative of our diverse and pluralistic society.
The Clinical Mental Health, School, and Addictions degree programs are designed in support of student’s future certification (NCC), potential clinical licensure (LPC-A, LCAS-A), or licensure as a K-12 Professional School Counselor.
In addition to the three specialty areas, students can add-on an additional “concentration” in Play Therapy. Several certificate programs are available to students in Gerontology, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Play Therapy. A Post-Master’s Certificate program for licensure as a Professional School Counselor is also offered.
Please Note: The Department of Counseling reviews applications once annually. The deadline for applications is December 1 of the previous year of intended Summer/Fall admission. For example: December 1, 2017 was the deadline for applications being considered for Summer/Fall 2018 admission.
The student handbook is crucial reading for all Counseling Program graduate students and prospective students. It contains important program information, documents, and forms.
The Clinical Handbook contains important information and forms for students enrolled in Practicum and Internship.