Academics at Slippery Rock University

Personalized. Selective. Innovative. Life-changing.

A life changing experience that will help you change the lives of others.

Counseling and Development

With a degree from the Department of Counseling and Development, students prepare for a wide variety of successful careers through one of our three high quality, hands-on Master of Arts degree programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling*, Student Affairs in Higher Education, College Counseling*. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program advanced coursework in addiction, adult, older adult, and school/youth counseling.

All of our programs meet national standards in thier respective fields, including: the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)** and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). Our faculty members draw upon their extensive experience in working in their respective fields to provide dynamic learning opportunities for our students. Our students benefit from

  • A selective graduate program giving students the full attention of the faculty.
  • An innovative use of a diversely trained faculty, state of the art classroom technology, and an active partnership with the SRU Counseling center.
  • A personalized education that gives students the structure to succeed and the freedom to excel.
  • A lifechanging experience that prepares emerging professionals to make impacts with their careers in a range of professional settings. 

* These programs meet the educational requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. Passing the National Counselor Examination is also a required to obtain the LPC. CDev is a graduate student administration site for the NCE allowing our students to take the exam prior to graduation. The final step to obtain licensure in Pennsylvania is to obtain supervised experience which can begin after the completion of 48 credits. Licensure requirements vary between states.  If you wish to practice outside of Pennsylvania, we recommend you look at the specific state for their requirements.  The American Counseling association provides contact information for state boards at: https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/licensure-requirements/state-professional-counselor-licensure-boards

** The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Slippery Rock University is accredited by the CACREP through August of 2018 and is currently seeking reaccreditation under the 2016 standards.