At the graduate level, we offer five programs to prepare students for a variety of careers. We offer a 60 semester hour Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling program that is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). We offer 60 semester hour Master of Science (M.S.) programs in Marriage and Family Counseling and Mental Health Counseling. The department has advanced graduate studies leading to the Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree and the Doctor of Professional Counseling (DPC).
The M.Ed. in School Counseling leads to endorsement for the AA license as a school counselor, issued by the Department of Education. The Ed.S. degree in Counseling enables school counselors to continue their studies and qualify for the AAA school counselor license. The Ed.S. program also enables post-Master's degree students to complete coursework or internships required for licensure as a professional counselor.
The M.S. degree programs prepare students to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors or to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Mississippi and other states, which is required for private practice. Currently, the Marriage and Family Counseling and Mental Health Counseling programs are accredited by CACREP.
The Marriage and Family Counseling program (M.S.) prepares professionals who work with individuals, couples, and families in healthcare, agency, and church settings. Marriage and Family Counselors use the systems perspective to construct innovative and effective treatment approaches.
The Mental Health Counseling program (M.S.) prepares professionals to work in mental and behavioral healthcare settings, including hospitals, regional centers, and agencies. Mental Health Counselors use the biopsychosocial model to plan treatments for mental disorders and other conditions.
The Doctor of Professional Counseling program is a 72 semester hour clinical doctorate designed to extend training beyond the entry-level preparation of a 60 semester hour Master's degree. The DPC will prepare master counselors and therapists for professional specialization, community service, and leadership.