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Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Online M.A. Education
with a Concentration in Counseling

Program Information

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The Master of Arts degree seeks to prepare professionals to address the mental health and relational needs of culturally different populations. The degree covers contemporary mental health practices that focus on mental health recovery and trauma-informed care including integrated recovery and strength-based approaches. The degree is a wonderful building block for individuals interested in being better equipped to work with the mental health needs of their clients and/or students, develop professionals’ skills to work in a wide range of helping related fields and uncover leadership and relational skills that are critical to working with the lives diverse populations. The degree is also valuable for meeting entry requirements into doctoral study.

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Quick Snapshot of the 30-unit Master's
ONLINE & FACE-TO-FACE
CERTIFICATE
TRANSFERABILITY
Delivered in Hybrid format, with the majority of its courses offered online, and face-to-face courses designed as 3-5 day workshops.
Earn the Graduate Certificate on the way to completing the degree.

Program designed to provide strong foundations for students who might continue on for further education and degrees, such as a Doctoral program (Ph.D.).

ONLINE & FACE-TO-FACE
Delivered in Hybrid format, with the majority of its courses offered online, and face-to-face courses designed as 3-5 day workshops.

CERTIFICATE
Earn the Graduate Certificate on the way to completing the degree.

TRANSFERABILITY
Program designed to provide strong foundations for students who might continue on for further education and degrees, such as a Doctoral program (Ph.D.).
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Examples of Mental Health, Counseling, Advising & Leadership Positions
  • Community Mental Health Counselor
  • Counselor - University Admissions
  • Counselor - Community College Districts
  • Career Development & Diversity Engagement Counselor
  • Restorative Practice Coordinator
  • Restorative School Specialist
  • Childcare Worker - Youth Development Counselor
  • Foster Care Youth Liaison
  • Case Manager - Family Specialist
  • Juvenile Recovery Specialist
  • Residential Counselor
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Competencies and Skills
 
Knowledge of theories, models, and methods within systemic and social constructionist paradigms
Application of theories, models, and methods to produce effective clinical practice with diverse populations
Understanding of mental health recovery-oriented care
Effective practice in public health settings
Use of research to inform practice
Conceptualization and practice in a helper role from a position of social responsibility and/or social change
Use of self-of-therapist and personal growth to effectively utilize counseling and relational skills

Master's Program FAQ

[+] Who is this program designed for?
[+] What are the Admission requirements? How do I increase my chances of being accepted into the 30 Unit MA Education (Counseling) program?
[+] When does the MA Counseling Online/Hybrid Program begin and how is the program structured?
[+] What is the class schedule?
[+] Can I attend the program and work?
[+] Since it is a hybrid program how much face-to-face time is expected on campus and what is expected in the on campus experience?
[+] What are career opportunities post-graduation like? What are the best ways to find a job?
[+] Can I transfer courses from the certificate program to the master's degree program?
[+] In what ways does this program help prepare me to transition into a Ph.D. program?
[+] If I already have graduated with a masters degree, can I transfer courses from it towards the MA Degree?