M.A. in Counseling:
The Department of Counselor Education offers a 60 credit hour program (20 courses) leading to the Master of Arts in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC).
The degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling fulfills the educational requirements for the two levels of licensure as professional counselors in the State of Illinois: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). The CMHC program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
This program is for you if you are interested in employment in settings such as mental health and community counseling agencies, chemical dependency programs, hospitals, counseling clinics, crisis centers, court services, and private business and industry.
A large number of students in our program have their original degrees and experience in all fields of business, education, medicine, social work, law, religion, the arts, computer technology, engineering, math and science, and other diverse fields. Many of these students have advanced degrees at the masterís and doctoral levels.
Required Courses for
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Practicum and Internship consists of 700 hours of documented field-related experience, of which 280 hours of face-to-face counseling is required. COUN 444 Practicum: Ethical/Legal Issues in Mental Health Counseling is a 100-hour, field-based experience requiring a minimum of 40 hours of direct contact with clients. COUN 464 Internship I: Mental Health Counseling and COUN 474 Internship II: Mental Health Counseling together consist of a 600-hour, field-based experience requiring a minimum of 240 hours of clinical contact with clients.
Proficiency Examination (DPE)
Department of Counselor Education