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Counseling Degree Programs

Graduates of the Murray State University Counseling Program will be prepared for careers as professional counselors in schools and/or mental health settings. The School Counseling track is designed for the student who plans to seek certification as a professional school counselor in P-12 school settings. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling track is designed for the student who plans to provide clinical services in agencies, private practice, and other settings as a licensed professional counselor. Regardless of track, graduates of the counseling program will be theoretically grounded, clinically skilled, and culturally competent.

The counseling program places great value on both academic and personal growth during the course of student enrollment. As such, graduates of the Murray State University Counseling Program will be expected to demonstrate: (a) empathy and inclusiveness; (b) responsible, professional, and ethical behavior; (c) enthusiasm for the counseling profession; and (d) professional counseling self-efficacy.

Upon completion of the 60 credit hour Specialist in Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates may:

  • Apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) status in the State of Kentucky and may apply for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) after demonstrating 4,000 hours of supervised counseling as an LPCA.
  • Take the National Counselor Exam (NCE) for National Counseling Certification (NCC).

2013-2014 MSU Counseling Handbook

For more information about the School Psychology option, please see the Educational Studies, Leadership and Counseling  School Psychology web page. 

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