Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master Degree Pennsylvania

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The Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling prepares graduates to work with clients across a spectrum of mental and emotional disorders, as well as to promote mental health and wellness.  Clients may be seen individually, in couples, families, or in group settings.  Clinical Mental Health Counselors are knowledgeable in the principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral and prevention and often work in the interdisciplinary teams with other healthcare professionals (CACREP).  Employment opportunities may include working in a variety of public and private mental health counseling agencies including private practice, community-based mental health centers, hospitals and other treatment centers. 

The program fulfills the degree requirements necessary to become a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), as well as being able to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE). You also have the option to take an additional six (6) credits before or after graduation to total 60 credits, which is required to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Licensure Act 136 of 1998).

Our Clinical Mental Health Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. CACREP Accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of the program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession.  The student, as a consumer, can be assured that appropriate knowledge and skill areas are included and that the program is stable, professionally and financially.

Courses offered by the department have been approved by both the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Pennsylvania Department of Education  for certification and continuing education credits (Act 48).

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's degree program is transitioning to 60 credits.  Students entering in Fall 2013 or later will follow this advisement sheet.

Prospective students are advised to read the CED Student Handbook, which describes the philosophy, admissions and departmental procedures in detail.

For further information, contact Georgette Edwards, program secretary, at 724-938-4123 -Email to].

Application deadlines:
Complete applications for this program need to be submitted by:

Early admission application deadlines are:
February 15th - summer and fall start terms
September 15th - spring start term

Regular admission application deadlines are:
July 1st - fall start term
November 1st - spring start term
May 1st - summer start term