Master’s in Counseling – Marshall University

The Master’s in Counseling programs main goal is to prepare aspiring Counselors to serve their communities and schools as ethical, competent, and culturally sensitive practitioners. The Master’s in Counseling program is a 60-hour planned program of study designed to meet the necessary competencies of professional counselors, and satisfies the curricular requirements for counselor licensure. There are currently two distinct Areas of Emphasis offered within the Counseling program. Curricular elements consist of core courses required of all counseling majors and emphasis courses specific to mental health counseling and school counseling.

Areas of emphasis:

  • Clinical Mental Health Emphasis

Program graduates in the Clinical Mental Health Emphasis are eligible to apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential through the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling when they complete post-graduate supervision and pass the National Counselor Exam.

  • School Counseling Empahasis

Program graduates in the School Counseling Emphasis are eligible to apply for both the LPC-WV license through the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling—when they complete post-graduate supervision and pass the National Counselor Exam, and the Pre-K—Adult School Counseling Certification through the West Virginia Department of Education upon graduation and by passing the PRAXIS II Professional School Counselor Examination (#5421).

In addition to the two major areas of emphasis, a five-course Graduate Certificate Program in Violence, Loss and Trauma Counseling is offered, currently the state’s only graduate level initiative providing a sequential, specialized professional development opportunity for mental health professionals focusing on traumatology and trauma-informed mental health counseling.

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