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Mission Statement

The M.S. in Counseling provides dynamic curricula for students interested in obtaining certification as School Counselors or licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC). Students choose a concentration either in Clinical or School Counseling, both fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). These concentrations lead to a terminal degree and prepare students for employment either as School Counselors within K-12 school systems or as Clinical Counselors within mental health agencies, health care facilities, employee assistance programs (EAP), or human service agencies. Students who complete the program are eligible to pursue Ph.D./Ed.D. studies in Counselor Education, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and other related fields or to pursue specialized training in Marriage and Family Counseling, Play Therapy, or Private Practice.

Learning Goals for the M.S. in Counseling

  1. Candidates will display the required academic preparation and professional dispositions necessary to succeed in the graduate program in Counseling and Student Development.
  2. Candidates will display evidence of skills in the areas of written, verbal, interpersonal, and technological communication.
  3. Candidates will display evidence of critical thinking and problem solving skills by demonstrating the application of theory to practice.
  4. Candidates will display evidence of maintaining professional dispositions, academic rigor, and legal and ethical practice while in the program.
  5. Candidates will display evidence of advanced scholarship through research and/or creative activity.
  6. Candidates will display evidence of content knowledge that meets or exceeds the criteria set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).