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Critical Courses

Your critical courses are the specific core courses required for the Masters in Counselor Education program plus the courses required for your concentration — not including other electives. You are required to have 60 credit hours to earn your masters degree in counseling.

Counselor Education Core Courses

Each course is 3 credits for a total of 30 credit hours of core courses.

  • COUN 500 Professional Orientation
  • COUN 501 Methods of Inquiry in Counseling Research
  • COUN 502 Theories of Counseling
  • COUN 504 Theories and Techniques of Appraisal for Counselors
  • COUN 505 Helping Relationships
  • COUN 506 Multicultural Counseling
  • COUN 507 Lifestyle and Career Development
  • COUN 509 Group Processes
  • COUN 524 Counseling and Development Across the Lifespan
  • COUN 521 Advanced Seminar in Counseling

Mental Health Counseling Concentration Courses

Each course is 3 credits for a total of 12 credit hours for your concentration in Mental Health Counseling.

  • COUN 555 Advanced Counseling Techniques
  • COUN 519 Counseling in Community Mental Health Settings
  • PSYC 533 Advanced Psychopathology
  • COUN 510 Relationship, Marriage, and Family Counseling

Clinical Field Experience

A hallmark of our counselor education programs is the work students are required to have in real-world settings in order to gain the practical experience needed to be an effective counselor. Those courses are:

  • COUN 539 Practicum (3 credits)
  • COUN 540 Internship (6-9 credits)


You are required to have 9 credit hours of approved electives within the counselor education masters degree program, which can help you narrow your specialization or explore other areas in your field. All approved electives are 3 credit hours each. Choose your electives from the following:

  • COUN 550 Advanced Relationships, Marriage, and Family Counseling
  • COUN 511 Substance Abuse and Dependency Counseling
  • COUN 514 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • COUN 544 Introduction to Play Therapy
  • COUN 554 Advanced Play Therapy
  • COUN 522 Crisis Counseling
  • COUN 559 Advanced Group Counseling
  • COUN 597 Independent Research