The undergraduate program in Psychology leads to the B.A. or B.S degree. The undergraduate major, which requires 34-40 semester hours, prepares graduates for employment in agencies and organizations as a technician or case manager. The curriculum, which includes several research courses, provides a foundation for advanced studies in psychology.
At the graduate level, we offer six different programs currently preparing students for a variety of careers in the helping professions. We offer a 48-51 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 Addiction Counseling, 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. degrees prepare students to take the National Certified Counselor examination administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors and to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Mississippi and other states. The LPC is required for independent practice such as private practice. Currently, the Marriage and Family Counseling and Mental Health Counseling programs are accredited by CACREP. The Addiction Counseling program was implemented in 2013 and was designed to be presented for CACREP accreditation.
The M.S. in Addiction Counseling is intended for career advancement for addiction professionals who treat substance use disorders and process addictions such as sexual addiction and compulsive gambling. Addiction counselors work in a variety of hospital, residential treatment, outpatient, agency, and educational settings.
The M.S. in Marriage and Family Counseling 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 M.S. in Mental Health Counseling 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 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.