Oct 29, 2020
The M.S in Professional Counseling is a 60-semester-hour degree that will academically prepare students to become licensed mental health counselors in the state of Florida. Students will learn how to sensitively address the emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of hurting people, while maintaining a commitment to professional practice and service. In an educational environment that promotes active learning through the use of role-plays, case studies, demonstrations, and discussions students will:
- Integrate Christian belief and practice with the scholarship and professional standards of the mental health field.
- Develop the skills necessary to provide competent, balanced, and professional counseling services
- Develop critical thinking and analysis skills and the knowledge needed to make ethical decisions.
Throughout this program students will:
- Integrate the principles of counseling with biblically informed values.
- Demonstrate collaborative and effective problem-solving skills using multiple theoretical approaches.
- Develop counseling skills that require the application of theory to a variety of counseling situations and settings.
- Apply acquired skills and techniques to actual counseling situations.
- Research contemporary issues in counseling to provide practical solutions, and communicate results through clear, concise and appropriate media.
- Written essay describing the current and future impact of your faith in your personal and professional life and the reason for your desire to pursue this degree.
- Proof of a minimum GPA of 3.0 earned from a regionally accredited institution
- Official college transcripts
- Professional Reference
- Academic Reference
- Christian Character Reference
- Interview with the faculty of the graduate counseling programs typically in group format with other applicants.
Four prerequisite courses are required for enrollment in the counseling degree programs. All prerequisite courses or content equivalent ones must be completed prior to enrollment.
- PSYC 1133 Introduction to Psychology
- PSYC 2133 Theories of Personality
- PSYC 2343 Child and Adolescent Development or PSYC 2353 Adult Development and Aging
- PSYC 3003 Abnormal Psychology
Two Year Plan
Professional Counseling, Master of Science Two Year Plan
Master of Science in Professional Counseling - 60 Hours
Students are required to complete the following prior to conferring of the MSPC degree;
- Take the Comprehensive Professional Counseling Exam (CPCE)
- Successfully submit portfolio per program procedures and receive satisfactory evaluation from faculty
- Complete required 1000 hours of field experience (400 direct; 600 indirect) during Practicum and Internship Courses.
Students with existing graduate degrees may take certain courses as a non-degree seeking student with advanced approval of program faculty. This may appeal to those that need further graduate hours or courses to qualify for professional licensure by the FL DOH as a Mental Health Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist. Contact the graduate admission office for details on applying as a non-degree seeking graduate student.