Master of Science, Counseling
Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
The Master of Science degree in counseling is designed to prepare knowledgeable and skilled professionals to work in a variety of settings including public schools, private practice, community, and other mental health settings. The master's degree offers the following program areas:
- Addictions Counseling
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling*
- Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling*
- School Counseling*
*Program nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Students receive training in collaboration and consultation strategies to work with families, agencies, parents, and other personnel to design, implement, and evaluate effective treatment plans and psychoeducational programs. By completing the degree, students meet the curriculum requirements for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). The Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Program also meets the curriculum requirements for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
Counseling courses are held in the late afternoon or evening, as many students work part-time or full-time while pursuing their degree.
During the program, students complete practicums and internships at approved settings such as schools, hospitals, mental health agencies, private practice, or the University Counseling and Training Clinic.
Student learning outcomes
- Demonstrate a professional counselor identity
- Demonstrate the knowledge of the basic components of counseling
- Demonstrate adherence to professional ethical standards and the practice of advocacy
- Demonstrate effective counseling/clinical skills with diverse populations
Student learning outcomes are measured through a variety of methods, including the master's-level comprehensive examination, rubrics in classes, students' individual development plans, and systematic annual reviews.
In addition to successful completion of the learning experiences and coursework, all students are required to pass a comprehensive written examination.