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The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs offers exciting three graduate programs designed to prepare skilled and/or licensed helping professionals. These programs include Master of Arts in Education (MAE) degrees, certificate programs, and an endorsement.
Which Program is right for me?
The descriptions below include information that can help you clarify which program, certificate program, or endorsement is most consistent with your interests and career goals.
If you believe you would enjoy counseling individuals, couples, families, and groups with a wide range of personal problems, psychological disorders, or career concerns this is the avenue for you! Graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration have the educational credentials to meet qualifications for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Kentucky and most states. As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, you will provide individual, couples, family, and group counseling, administer prevention programs, conduct psychoeducational workshops, and advocate for clients. Because this concentration is accredited by CACREP, Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates who become licensed qualify for employment by the VA and as independent practitioners under TRICARE. Make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and the community! For more information click the Clinical Mental Health Counseling link above.
Marriage, couple, and family counseling is a specialized clinical training program. Graduation from the Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling concentration provides individuals the educational qualifications for licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Kentucky. A marriage, couple, and family counselor helps couples and families repair relationships. By helping clients develop awareness, understanding, and different ways of relating, a marriage, couple, and family counselor can help families and couples facilitate their own healing and develop relational resources to handle difficult situations. If you are interested in positively affecting couples and families, this is the path for you! For more information click the Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling link above.
The school counseling program trains counselors to help elementary and secondary students increase academic achievement; explore and plan for careers; and facilitate social, personal, and emotional development. School counseling graduates will have the necessary tools to work with students individually and in groups. In addition, graduates will be prepared to work collaboratively with teachers and administrators. Finally, school counseling graduates will be prepared to initiate change in entire school systems in order to make broad changes in the lives of students and the community. For more information click the School Counseling link above.
Higher education is a very exciting place to work! Student affairs positions are available everywhere you look on a university, four-year college, community college, or technical college campus as well as on-line or virtual universities. Earn a master's degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education and you will be prepared to design, coordinate, and deliver student services and educational activities. Join the college community and become part of the administrative team as an educator, leader, and manager! For more information click the Student Affairs link above.
Certificates and Endorsement
As career and vocational concerns form at least a partial basis for numerous choices made and issues expressed by students and individuals throughout life, a need developed for advanced training in the area of career counseling and career program management. The Certificate in Career Counseling (CCC) is designed to provide career counselors, educators, and other helping professionals with the advanced knowledge and skills they need in order to better serve students and clients within the context of an employment landscape that is volatile and ever changing. Participants in this certificate program will be better prepared to assist students to be more engaged in the educational experience through appropriate academic major and career choice, which may lead to higher retention of current students and successful transition to the workforce. Successful graduates will have earned their certificate through theory-based instruction, application of material through internship, and an international experience. For more information click the Career Counseling Certificate link above.
The Individual Intellectual Assessment (IIA) is an endorsement built upon the student's basic certification as a School Counselor. The purpose of this endorsement is to allow school counselors to do individual intelligence testing.
College campuses have become increasingly internationalized. International student populations have grown, study abroad has become a standard in higher education, and as a result, the student population has developed new needs. The Certificate in International Student Services offers graduate-level students preparation to manage educational exchange, lead campus internationalization, and provide international student services. Students pursuing the Certificate in International Student Services may complete the certificate program by itself or along with the MAE in Student Affairs. Successful graduates will have earned their certificate through theory-based instruction, application of material through internship, and an international experience. For more information click the International Student Services (ISS) link above.
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