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Degree tracks

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The curriculum for the Master of Arts in counseling is designed as a developmental model where students begin as novice counselors and progress to become professional counselors by advancing through the program. There is a core set of courses taken by all students (27 credits) and an additional set of courses for each of the following specific tracks: 

The clinical mental health counseling track meets the standards for accreditation under the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and prepares you to take the exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania and/or many other states.

The school counseling track meets the regulations set forth by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program prepares you to take the Praxis II exam and become a certified school counselor in Pennsylvania and/or many other states.

The marriage, couple and family counseling track meets the standards for accreditation under the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and academically prepares you to take the exam to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Pennsylvania and/or many other states.

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in counseling is designed for students who already have a master’s degree in an appropriate counseling-related field, who desire to want to take continuing education often to meet the state requirements for sate licensure or certification. The particular courses (a minimum of 12 credits) for students in the CAGS program will be tailored to the specific needs of each student.