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M.A. in Counseling

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The curriculum for the Master of Arts in counseling is designed as a developmental model wherein 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 specific tracks: clinical mental health counseling (30 credits), school counseling (21 credits), and marriage, couple, and family counseling (30 credits). Through completion of the program, students will be academically prepared to sit for their professional counselor licensing exam (LPC or MFT) or for their PA school certification exam (PRAXIS II).

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) (12 credit minimum)

The CAGS is designed for students who have earned a master’s degree in an appropriate counseling-related field and who desire to take continuing education, 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.

Syllabi for all courses are posted on the course schedule page about one month before the class begins.

Core Classes (30 Credits)

COUN 501: Professional Issues and Ethics for Counselors (3)
COUN 510: Lifespan Development (3)
COUN 511: Multicultural Issues for Counseling Professionals (3)
COUN 520: Counseling Theories (3)
COUN 528: Career Counseling Across the Lifespan (3)
COUN 532: Group Counseling (3)
COUN 537: Spiritual Formation and Faith Based Counseling (3)
COUN 540: Counseling Techniques (3)
COUN 541: Assessment Techniques for Individuals, Couples, & Families (3)
COUN 545: Research Design and Statistics (3) 

Track: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (30 credits)

COUN 507: Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (3)
COUN 523: Psychopathology and Diagnosis across the Lifespan (3)
COUN 524: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (3)
COUN 539: Human Sexuality (3)
COUN 543: Substance Abuse/Addiction and Families (3)
COUN 550: Crisis, Trauma, and Grief Counseling (3)
COUN 570: Research/Clinical Project (3)
COUN 580: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum (3) (semester long)
COUN 581: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I (3) (semester long)
COUN 582: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II (3) (semester long)

Track: School Counseling (21 Credits)

COUN 508: Foundations of Counseling Children & Adolescents in Schools (3)
COUN 525: Effective Practices of School Counselors (3)
COUN 526: Organization and Administration of School Counseling Programs (3)
COUN 551: Effective Practices for Every Learner (3)
COUN 583: School Counseling Practicum (3) (semester long)
COUN 584: Elementary School Counseling Internship (3) (semester long)
COUN 585: Secondary School Counseling Internship (3) (semester long) 

Track: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (30 credits)

COUN 509: Foundations of Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (3)
COUN 523: Psychopathology and Diagnosis across the Lifespan (3)
COUN 530: Contemporary and Integrative Theories of Family Counseling (3)
COUN 531: Premarital and Marital Counseling (3)
COUN 539: Human Sexuality (3)
COUN 543: Substance Abuse/Addiction and Families (3)
COUN 573: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Skills and Practice (3)
COUN 587: Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling Practicum (3) (semester long)
COUN 588: Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling Internship I (3) (semester long)
COUN 589: Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling Internship II (3) (semester long)

Total Credits

Clinical Mental Health Counseling ....................................................(60 credits)
School Counseling (Elementary and Secondary) ............................... (51 credits)
Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling ........................................ (60 credits

Counseling as an online program? Absolutely! Our students shared how it worked for them.