Catalog 2010-2012

Mental Health Counseling

This program is designed for those who intend to work in non-school settings such as community and mental health centers, counseling centers, and employee assistance programs. Specific areas of interest and the setting in which the person plans to work will determine the appropriate electives in a specialty (emphasis) area.

Program requirements and detailed information on the major, including admission policies and procedures, should be obtained from the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at (also

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 66 semester hours is required for the thesis option which includes 6 hours of 290:299, and a minimum of 60 semester hours for the non-thesis option. A minimum of 20 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

All students completing this program must pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).  Pass scores on the CPCE national examination are based each semester on test results for the national normative data. This examination is based on the 8 CACREP core curriculum areas for counselor preparation. Students are also required to write an essay and pass this component as well.  Non‑thesis students must successfully complete the final paper and fulfill program‑specific exit requirements. The thesis option requires a completed thesis and successful oral defense of the research, in addition to passing the CPCE and meeting program‑specific exit requirements.



  Measurement and Research: 250:205.....3 hours

  Counseling: 290:103; 290:105; 290:205; 290:220; 290:225; 290:226; 290:227; 290:228; 290:241; 290:250; 290:254; 290:256; 290:262.....39 hours

  Psychology: 400:142.....3 hours

Required Practicum and Internship:

  Counseling: 290:290 (3 hrs.); 290:291 (6 hrs.).....9 hours

Electives: a minimum of 6 hours, in a specialty (emphasis) area, selected in consultation with advisor.....6 hours

Non- thesis option.....60 hours


Thesis Option:

Research: 290:299.....6 hours

Thesis option.....66 hours