Academic Division: Other
Type of Degree: Graduate
Department: Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC)
Welcome to the Master of Arts in Counseling Program! We are dedicated to educating, motivating and preparing highly qualified, ethically and culturally competent, professional counselors. You'll be provided with the skills and knowledge necessary to address client issues in a diverse and global society and tackle emerging issues in mental health and wellness. Graduates of our program can be licensed as professional counselors, professional clinical mental health counselors, or professional school counselors.
The 60-hour Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling concentrations are nationally accredited by CACREP through March 31, 2019. The Clinical Mental Health concentration has also been approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage/Family Therapist Board through March 2019. Additionally, the School Counseling concentration has been approved through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE); the Ohio Department of Higher Education until spring 2022; and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- Students have a 98% (on average) first time rate for the OAE School Counselor exam and the National Counselor Exam, which are used for licensure in Ohio.
- Program completion rate is 98%.
- Job placement rate is approximately 95% within one year after graduation.
- Many opportunities for students to become involved in national and regional counseling associations. Students are actively engaged in Chi Sigma Iota national counseling honor society.
- A diverse and distinguished faculty is comprised of award-winning leaders in the field of counseling who have made significant contributions to the field and are active in the American Counseling and American School Counseling Associations and their affiliates both nationally and regionally.
- The program utilizes a counseling lab for training purposes allowing students ample opportunity to develop and practice their counseling skills.
- Curriculum offerings include online courses, evening face-to-face, and 8-week classes.
- The program is rated #6 in top 25 Most Affordable, Accredited Graduate Degree Programs in Counseling and Psychology in the Midwest.
Students select a primary concentration in one of two areas: Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling. Students may also enroll in a license endorsement-only option completing approved academic requirements in the state of Ohio to be eligible for licensure in both clinical mental health and school counseling. This is not a second master's degree.
The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) offers a 60 semester hour program for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration and a 50-hour program for the School Counseling concentration. Both concentrations are designed to meet the national academic and field placement standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage/Family Therapist (OCSWMFT) Board; and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE); and Ohio Department of Higher Education requirements for students who are seeking licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), and/or Licensed Professional School Counselor (LPSC).
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration
The 60-semester hour, Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration is designed to meet the academic and field experience requirements for those students who are seeking licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Ohio. **Students who may wish to be licensed outside of the state of Ohio should check with their state licensure boards. The major purpose of the Heidelberg University clinical mental health counselor concentration is to develop in students the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide appropriate counseling services within a variety of therapeutic settings. Skills in interpersonal helping, communication, diagnosis and treatment, and diversity acquired in the program are applicable to a variety of professions including education, community social services, public and private mental health agencies, business and industry, government, substance use, employee assistance, and the ministry.
The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) degree in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration includes a 100-hour practicum field experience and a minimum of two-semester, 600-hour Internship field experience. The state of Ohio requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of coursework to be eligible for state licensure. The 60 semester hours must include at least 20 semester hours of clinical endorsement coursework with at least one course in each of the following five clinical areas:
- clinical psychopathology, personality, and abnormal behavior
- evaluation of mental and emotional disorders
- diagnosis of mental and emotional disorders
- methods of intervention and prevention of mental and emotional disorders
- treatment of mental and emotional disorders
All 600 level courses are advanced Clinical Endorsement courses and require the necessary prerequisites (see course descriptions). All students who complete the 60-hour Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration will be eligible to sit for the state licensure exam during their last semester of coursework and will be eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio after passing the exam.
School Counseling Concentration
The 50 semester-hour, School Counseling concentration is designed to meet the academic and field experience requirements for those students who are seeking licensure as a Licensed Professional School Counselor (LPSC) in the state of Ohio. **Students who may wish to be licensed outside of the state of Ohio should check with their state licensure boards. The major purpose of the Heidelberg University School Counselor concentration is to develop, in students, the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide appropriate counseling services within the school setting. To qualify for licensure as a Professional School Counselor with the Ohio Department of Education, candidates must have completed at least 50 semester hours of coursework, including 100 hours of Practicum field experience and 600 hours of Internship field experience and must successfully pass the OAE 040 exam developed by the Ohio Department of Education.
A school counselor in the State of Ohio must have graduated from an approved program of preparation and have been recommended by the head of teacher education. This individual must have completed an examination prescribed by the State Board of Education and evidenced the education and experience requirements which include:
A Master’s degree and 1) completion of a 600-hour internship in a school setting, 2) a passing score on the Ohio Assessment for Educators (#040), and 3) the successful completion of a BCI/FBI background check.
In addition to the two counseling concentrations, MAC offers the coursework and field placement experience for currently-licensed counseling professionals who might be interested in a non-degree licensure endorsement in either school or clinical mental health counseling.
MAC Mission Statement
The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program is dedicated to educating, motivating and preparing highly qualified, ethically and culturally competent, professional counselors. The MAC program is committed to providing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to address client issues in a diverse and global society leading to a life of purpose with distinction.
MAC Program Objectives
- Prepare students to enter the professional field of counseling with a strong counselor identity founded on human growth/wellness from a holistic perspective and the ability to advocate for this identity.
- Prepare students to use the highest ethical and legal standards in professional counseling practice.
- Provide students with the curriculum to address the knowledge and skills identified in the CACREP eight core areas.
- Emphasize diversity issues that will prepare students to be effective counselors in a global society.
- Prepare students to develop in-depth knowledge of self-selected specialized areas of counseling, such as clinical mental health counseling, and/or school counseling.
- Provide students with up to date and evolving curriculum to effectively address emerging and vital issues such as trauma, crisis, emergency preparedness, technology, diagnosis, and treatment, etc.
- Provide students with the knowledge and skills to successfully obtain licensure and employment as professional counselors in their self-selected specialized area(s).
- Letters of Recommendation - 3
- Maximum Transfer Credit Hours - 12
- GRE Required - No
- Rolling Admission - Yes
- Minimum GPA - 2.9
- Goal Statement - Yes
- Background Check - Yes
- Copy of Teaching License - No
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Last updated January 27, 2018