On Campus MHC Plan of Study

The Mental Health Counseling program is a 60-credit program that can be completed in two years. All students must take the core courses found here. If you sign up for courses on your own, you may not be in a section that is best suited for Mental Health Counseling students. 

Plan of Study for students who matriculated before summer of 2017

First Year

Fall Term Credits

  1. COU 601 Research and Evaluation in Psychology
  2. COU 605 Vocational, Educational & Psych. Assessment   
  3. COU 608 Abnormal Psychology   
  4. COU 614 Counseling Theory and Practice I  (only taught in Fall, prereq for many other courses)

Spring Term Credits

  1. COU 606 Ethical Standards and Professional Issues in Counseling
  2. COU 615 Counseling Theory and Practice II OR COU 617 Child & Adolescent Counseling
  3. COU 616 Group Counseling OR COU 650 Group Counseling for Children and Adolescents
  4. COU 620 Clinical Application of Human Development

Summer Term

  1. COU 688 Practicum
  2. Elective such as 664 or requirement such as 605, 613 or 672 

Note: COU 605, 613, 664, and 672 will only be offered in the summer

Second Year

Fall Term Credits

  1. Elective (such as COU 622)
  2. COU 653  Diversity in Counseling
  3. COU 672 Substance Abuse and the Family  
  4. COU 698 Internship       

Spring Term Credits

  1. Elective  (such as COU 617 Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy; COU 624 or 627)
  2. COU 613 Vocational Development & Career Information     
  3. COU 674 Psychopharmacology     
  4. COU 698 Internship      

Summer Credits

Any remaining courses like a remaining elective; students who have a course or two to take in the summer are still permitted to walk in June at graduation.

Required field experience : COUNSL 688 (100 hrs.) and two semester of COUNSL 698 (300 hrs per semester, 6 credits per semester, 600 hours and 12 credits total).

Required capstone : The capstone for Mental Health Counseling is a clinical case analysis that includes a taped and transcripted counseling session and a detailed analysis of the contextual, developmental, ethical, psychosocial, treatment, and counter-transference issues as they apply to the case.

Plan of Study for students who matriculated on or after summer of 2017

This is the new curriculum which has 18 required courses (see advising sheet below). There are no electives. In the new curriculum, there is no summer Practicum experience. Both Practicum and Internship hours are rolled into the two semester course called Advanced Practice (6 credit). Also, some courses now have new names. Each course will only be offered once a year. The summer courses are for both online and in-person students and all three will occur online starting in 2018. Click here to download the new plan of study advising sheet.

The department's minimum grade requirement is B-. If a student receives a lower grade in a course, he or she will need to take that course again.