M.S.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is comprised of 60 graduate credits. It is a specialized practitioners' degree designed to prepare students to work as professional counselors in human service agencies, which include the following types of settings/roles:
• Community mental health centers;
• Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers;
• Career counseling centers;
• Mobile therapists;
• Family Based Mental Health therapists;
• Outpatient therapists;
• Behavioral specialists consultants (BSC);
• Probation/parole officers.
Graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program are eligible to pursue licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and National Counselor Certification (NCC). The main requirements for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania include 1) a master's degree of at least 48 graduate credits, 2) a total of 60 graduate credits, 3) 700 clock hours of fieldwork, 4) passing one of 4 approved national exams, one of which is the National Counselor Exam (NCE), and 5) 3,000 clock hours of supervised experience under a qualified supervisor. (see
www.dos.state.pa.us/social for complete licensure information) Graduates of the program receive a master's degree in counselor education. In some states, such as Ohio and Virginia, a master's degree in counselor education is required for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), and graduates of counseling psychology or clinical psychology programs cannot obtain an LPC in those states.
According to the 2010 Department of Labor (DOL) projections, there is expected to be a 36% increase in the number of Mental Health Counseling. By 2020 ONETonline projects there to be much faster than average job growth (29% or higher) for Mental Health Counselors.
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Statistics for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
|Number of Graduates||23||10|
|LPC Examination Pass Rate||77.3%||84.9%|
|Job Placement Rate||100%||No Data|