THE DEPARTMENT OF
COUNSELING AND DEVELOPMENT
Students in the Department of Counseling and Development earn graduate degrees in one of our three high quality, hands-on programs leading to professional positions as Counselors & Student Affairs Educators in a variety of settings. They benefit from engaging professors, small classes, and a partnership with the Slippery Rock University Counseling Center that serves as a laboratory for learning. All programs are CACREP accredited.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 60 credit hour program that leads to Pennsylvania license eligibility as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Students who chose a concentration School and Youth will be eligible for School Counselor certification in Pennsylvania.
· Students choose among four areas of concentration that include School and Youth Counseling, Adult Counseling, Addiction Counseling, and Counseling Older Adults.
· Students benefit from a network of agencies and schools that provide them with valuable professional experience through practicum and internship experiences.
· Graduates are qualified for employment in a variety of settings including hospitals, residential treatment facilities, schools, and community mental health agencies.
Student Affairs in Higher Education
The Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education is a 48 credit hour program designed to prepare students for leadership positions in the student affairs division of a college or university.
· In addition to CACREP accreditation the program is designed to meet the professional standards set forth by the Council for the Advancement in Higher Education (CAS).
· Small, seminar style classes emphasizing experiential and case study teaching approaches, where active student participation and learning is encouraged.
· Graduates are prepared for employment in a variety of student affairs functional areas including: housing and residence life, student activities, admissions, multicultural student services, leadership programs, academic advising, orientation, judicial affairs, international student services, financial aid, and Greek life.
Student Affairs in Higher Education with College Counseling
Student Affairs in Higher Education with College Counseling is a 60 credit hour, three-year, program that combines curriculum and practicum/internship experiences from the Student Affairs in Higher Education program and the Clinical Mental Health curriculums.
· Designed for individuals interested in preparing for positions as mental health counselors (e.g., in a counseling center) at colleges and universities.
· Graduates are eligible for the National Certified Counselor credential (NCC) and are license eligible in Pennsylvania as a professional counselor (LPC).
· Students can improve both their skills and their marketability in several counseling-focused areas of student affairs such as career counseling, health promotion services, and disability services by obtaining this degree.
Post Master's Endorsement Programs
The Department of Counseling and Development offers Post-Master's Endorsements for individuals who have already graduated with a master's degree in a related field and who wish to add one or more of our program specializations without completing another degree.
· Endorsements in Community Counseling, Student Affairs, and School Counseling.
· Individualized courses of study are developed to assist the student in becoming eligible for certification as a school counselor or as a Licensed Professional Counselor.