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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 (30 credits) and an additional set of courses for each of the following specific tracks: 

The clinical mental health counseling track (30 credits) 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 as well as many other states.

The school counseling track (30 credits) 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 as well as many other states.

The marriage, couple and family counseling track (30 credits) 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 as well as many other states.

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in counseling is designed for students who have earned a master’s degree in an appropriate counseling-related field and who desire to take continuing education course work, often to meet the state requirements for PA 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. Students pursuing the CAGS with field experience must take one on-campus intensive course, while a CAGS that does not include field experience can be completed entirely online.