Counseling and Development, MEd Concentration in Community Agency 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 Community Agency Counseling concentration is no longer accepting applications and has been replaced with the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration.
The 52-credit Community Agency 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 Community Agency Counseling program assists candidates in meeting the educational requirements for the Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor credential which includes 60 hours of coursework. The additional 8 credits of coursework can be taken while enrolled in our master's in Community Agency Counseling program, by applying to and enrolling in our post-master's counseling certificate program, and/or by completing the additional credits of coursework at another university. 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 (28 credits)
- EDCD 525: Advanced Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
- EDCD 601: Introduction to Research in Counseling (3 credits)
- EDCD 602: Foundations in Counseling (3 credits)
- EDCD 603: Counseling Theories and Practice (3 credits)
- EDCD 604: Assessment and Appraisal in Counseling (3 credits)
- EDCD 608: Group Processes and Analyses (4 credits)
- EDCD 610: Career and Educational Counseling (3 credits)
- EDCD 628: Counseling and Social Justice (3 credits)
- EDCD 660: Multicultural Counseling (3 credits)
Community Agency Concentration Requirements (18 credits)
- EDCD 609: Counseling Skills and Strategies for Adults (3 credits)
- EDCD 652: Introduction to Substance Abuse Counseling (3 credits)
- EDCD 654: Counseling and Ethics in Community Agencies (3 credits)
- EDCD 656: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Mental Health Professionals (3 credits)
- EDCD 658: Couples and Family Counseling (3 credits)
- EDCD 797: Advanced Topics in Education (1-6 credits) (Must register for 2 credits)