The department of graduate counseling programs is restructuring its curriculum leading to licensure as a mental health counselor. Beginning this fall, graduate students will register for a single 60-hour program for the master of arts in mental health counseling.
The new program replaces a two-pronged approach that required aspiring counselors to earn 40 hours for a master’s degree in education in agency and community counseling, and then another 21 hours in clinical counseling, before they could sit for the state’s licensure exam.
The change will likely add a year to the part-time graduate student’s education, says director Lon Kriner, and will also include service learning components.
The restructuring highlights the department’s 50th anniversary in 2003, Kriner says. It now has more than 200 students enrolled.