The Department of Counselor Education offers a Master of Science degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The program meets the educational requirements for counselor licensure in all fifty states, as well as the Federal government requirements to work with veterans and individuals receiving Medicare or Medicaid. Completion of this program will also qualify graduates to immediately sit for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) examination. The clinical mental health program will effectively prepare graduates for a broad range of career possibilities, including working in community settings, hospitals, educational institutions, VA treatment centers, and private practice settings.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to be effective mental health counselors and provides the educational requirements for counselor licensure, while earning an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The 60-credit hour program consists of:
The comprehensive program results in a strong foundation for serving the mental health needs of the community.
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The M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a Full-Time Program which consists of four specific curricular elements: the 27 credit Common Core (6 credits of which will be provided by the Department of Professional and Secondary Education), 15 credits of CMHC specialty coursework, nine credits of elective coursework (that can be taken within the department or in other departments), and nine credits of field experience coursework. Each student is required to pass a comprehensive exam that requires the student to take the knowledge gained through coursework and apply it to a real world case scenario.
|Common Core Requirements||Credits|
|Degree candidacy requirements|
|EDC503||Professional Orientation to Counseling||3|
|EDC540||Assessment Methods for Counselors*||3|
|EDC570||Fundamentals of the Helping Relationship||3|
|EDC571||Counseling Theories and Techniques||3|
|Other common core requirements|
|EDF502||Methods and Materials of Research for Counselors*||3|
|EDC520||Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling||3|
|EDC521||Human Development Across the Lifespan||3|
|EDC556||Career Development Theories and Practices||3|
|EDC551||Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling||3|
|EDC552||Trauma and Crisis Intervention Work and the Professional Counselor||3|
|EDC553||Introduction to Addictions Counseling||3|
|EDC560||Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Counselors||3|
|EDC557||Advanced Counseling Skills and Techniques||3|
|Elective Coursework (other courses by permission)||(take 9 credits)|
|EDC555||Marriage and Family Counseling||3|
|EDC561||Current Issues in Mental Health Counseling||3|
|EDC558||Counseling Military Professionals and Their Families||3|
|Field experience requirements|
|EDC580||Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling||3|
|EDC605||Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship
(2 semesters, 3 credits each)
|Total credits required||60|
* Taught by Department of Professional and Secondary Education