Academics at Slippery Rock University

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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 and Student Affairs in Higher Education with College Counseling. Students who pursue a degree in Clinical Mental Health can concentrate in addiction, adult, older adult, and school/youth counseling.

All of our programs are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP)*. Our faculty members draw upon their extensive experience in working in their respective fields to provide dynamic learning opportunities for our students. Specifically students benefit from:

  • Small class sizes which allow faculty to work intensively with students.
  • M.A. degrees that lead to professional positions as counselors or student affairs practitioners in a variety of settings.
  • Faculty who are engaging, student centered, and highly committed to teaching.
  • A partnership with the Slippery Rock University Student Counseling Center that serves as a laboratory for learning.
  • Modern counselor training facility that utilizes the latest technology.

* The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Slippery Rock University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation cycle runs through March of 2017. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 Standards for Community Counseling Programs as a Community Counseling program. The 2009 Standards combine the Standards for Community Counseling Programs and Standards for Mental Health Counseling Programs into Standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs. The counseling program is currently seeking accreditation for this program when it comes up for re-accreditation, per CACREP guidelines.