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Counselor Education - Master of Arts in Education
Capital’s Counselor Education program provides a dynamic learning experience for students looking to become licensed school counselors and/or clinical mental health counselors.
Both the school counseling track and the clinical mental health track allow students to gain knowledge and skills through a holistic approach that will enable them to work in a variety of settings. Our School Counseling track will give you the tools you need to succeed in a K-12 school. The Master of Arts Clinical Mental Health track equips you to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community agencies, college counseling centers, and private practice.
Regardless of whether you choose a single track or the dual-program track, students in Capital University’s Counselor Education program all receive training in eight core areas:
At Capital, we know that learning happens everywhere. That’s why our program features hands-on, blended experiential and classroom learning. After completing 64 class credit hours, as well as a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship, you will earn a Master of Arts in Education degree. A full-time student can complete either the School Counseling program or the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in two years. Completing both programs requires a minimum of three years.
Capital’s Counselor Education program provides you with dynamic learning opportunities, due in part to the University’s location in Columbus, the culturally diverse capital of Ohio. Focused on all aspects of counseling, we foster the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of a counselor while promoting a strong professional identity as leaders within the counseling profession through teaching, advocacy, research and professional clinical experiences.
In addition to teaching at the University, our faculty also work as professional counselors and engage their students’ learning through the lens of their own experiences.
Admission into the Counselor Education program requires:
Submit an online application. Your application will require: a writing sample, three (3) letters of professional reference, a current resume or CV, and official transcripts from every institution from which you’ve received credit.
For questions regarding the application process, please contact Sara Lucas, the assistant director of graduate admissions.
Capital University’s Counselor Education program admits clinical mental health and school counseling students one time per academic year. Students will complete the application process starting in the fall of the year prior to admittance; upon invitation, complete the interview process in the spring prior to admittance; and, if accepted, will enroll in the fall semester.
We believe it is very important to meet and learn about our applicants on a personal level. Interviews give you an opportunity to make sure that Capital University and our Counselor Education program is a good fit for you.
Applicants who meet the Counselor Education program’s minimum requirements for admission will be invited for an in-person interview. We conduct individual and group interviews in an attempt to assess your cognitive, affective, and behavioral potential, and set you up for success in our program and in the field of counseling.
Capital University is actively engaged in the process of seeking accreditation with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). It is our expectation to receive CACREP accreditation by 2023. All graduates of both our School and Clinical Mental Health tracks are fully eligible for licensure in the state of Ohio, even if graduating prior to 2023. All graduates will be grandfathered under the accreditation and considered to have graduated from a CACREP institution.For additional questions regarding CACREP, the accrediting process, or what this may mean for you, please reach out to any of Capital’s core faculty members.
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A full-time student taking the recommended courses will finish in two-years. There are options to extend the coursework and internship to either a three-year or four-year plan. We typically recommend that students work towards the two-year plan, but you can work with your academic advisor to find what plan might work best with your situation.
Counseling is a hands-on profession and as such, it is important to gain real-world experience. Both experiences involve working directly in a school setting, coordinating with a supervisor, and connecting face-to-face with students in a variety of settings including individual and group counseling. The practicum is completed in the spring semester and entails 100 hours on-site with at least 40 hours of direct contact with students. The internship experience is 600 hours spread over both the fall and spring semester with at least 240 direct contact hours.
Perhaps – it is a case-by-case scenario. It often depends on the school/district and their willingness to be flexible, the availability of a qualified school counseling supervisor on-site, and enough freedom to gain the necessary hours. We request that you do not work therapeutically with students that you would otherwise engage with in the classroom or other situations.
Hybrid courses allow us to offer classes that better fit the working adult. It minimizes the amount of time students need to be on campus and focuses part of the work online. The number of face-to-face classes vary from course to course ranging from 5-8 (and weekly for practicum and internship courses). The in-class time is supplemented with online lectures, videos, readings, reflections, and other alternatives to learning that allow in-class time to be more hands-on and focused. Students can anticipate being on campus an average of two nights per week.
All classes are offered in the evening to accommodate student’s practicum and internships experiences. Classes begin at 4:00pm and at most two classes are on a single evening. Currently classes vary on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Absolutely not. Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and undergraduate degrees. There are no specific prerequisites to enter into the program other than a desire to be a great professional school counselor!
Yes! A 3.0 minimum GPA is recommended in order to demonstrate the ability to do graduate level reading, writing, and research. However, we know everyone’s undergraduate experience is different and sometimes not reflective of one’s true ability. We work with applicants on a 1-to-1 basis to determine fit for the program and ability to succeed. If accepted with a sub-3.0 GPA, students would be placed on a probationary period in order to demonstrate the ability to complete quality graduate work.
We strive to not graduate excellent professional school counselors but also quality scholars. Research and graduate level writing are a part of nearly all courses and an understanding of APA formatting will be applied. But don't worry if you think you’re not quite there yet – we know not all undergraduate programs emphasize this component and area of learning. We will work with you to grow this skill.
Applicants who meet the Counselor Education program’s minimum requirements will be invited for an in-person interview. We believe it is very important to meet and learn about our potential students on a personal level, so yes, an interview is required as part of the admission process. This also gives you an opportunity to make sure that this is a fit for you as well. We are mutually committing to one another for at least two years so it is important to make sure everyone involved is fully informed and confident in the decision.