School of Education - George Mason University

Counseling and Development, MEd Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students are prepared to work as mental health counselors in community, state, federal, and private counseling agencies; employee assistance programs; and private practice.

The 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration prepares students for positions as mental health counselors in community, state, federal, and private counseling agencies; employee assistance programs; and private practice. Graduates provide services such as individual, couple, family, group, career, psycho-educational, health, multicultural, and substance abuse counseling for a variety of ages and populations. The degree must be completed within six years of enrollment.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program assists candidates in meeting the educational requirements for the Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor credential which includes 60 hours of coursework. Additional licensure requirements are outlined in the Licensed Professional Counselors Application including post-master's supervision and experience and a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counselors Examination (NCMHCE).

Grading Policy: Students enrolled in this degree program must earn a B or higher in counseling courses and in all licensure coursework, including practicum and internship courses. Students are permitted to repeat a course only once.

Core Requirements (33 credits)

Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Requirements (27 credits)

  • Electives selected from EDCD courses or permission of advisor (3 credits)

Total Credits: 60