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Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
The Master of Arts (MA) in Professional Counseling is a degree program for professionals. Experiences provide the foundation in psychology theory, scientific research, and clinical practice. In this context, students learn the different approaches and clinical techniques required for today’s practitioners offering therapeutic services to individuals and groups. Also, a major goal of this program is to help prepare students for licensure in Professional Counseling in their resident state. Students who graduate from the MA in Professional Counseling Degree program will be prepared to do therapy in a church setting, private practice, governmental agency, and community agency. This program also prepares students for advanced studies in related fields.
Students may also consider taking additional courses for a dual licensure in Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Students interested in a dual licensure should consult with the Dean of the School of Human Services.
Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program, the graduate will be able to:
- Synthesize and utilize major theories recognized by Professional Counselors;
- Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural diversity needs of clients;
- Demonstrate a practical, working knowledge of legal, ethical, and professional issues bearing directly on the practice of counseling as promoted by the American Counseling Association (ACA);
- Practice counseling through comprehensive Clinical Training
- Delineate systemic and environmental factors that affect human development, functioning, and behavior.
- Evaluate the reliability and validity of specified assessment tools.
TIME NORMALLY REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM
The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling may be completed in seven semesters. A student may take the courses on a part-time or full-time basis.
Practicums and Clinicals
Students, not Amridge University, are responsible for locating and making arrangements for their practicum and clinical experiences and courses. As such, students should begin making the required arrangements several semesters before the semester of the respective student’s first practicum or clinical experiences courses.
All Practicum and Clinical Training courses require face-to-face on-site clinical practice with the client(s). The experience must be performed under face-to-face supervision of an approved licensed supervisor. This experience should be conducted in the state in which the student will seek licensure. The student must apply to the Dean of the School of Human Services, at least one semester prior to beginning a Practicum or a Clinical course. Students should contact the dean via email to receive the Practicum and Clinical Course Form.
Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, during clinical training, each student will accumulate a minimum of 500 hours of client contact, supervised by an additional 100 hours with an approved supervisor. Normally, clinical training requires one full year (3 semesters) to complete. Students who do not satisfy the minimum requirements in three semesters may take one additional semester of clinical training.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING
Before being graduated with the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, a student must satisfy the following requirements:
1. A total of 60 graduate semester hours of the required course work;
2. At least 33 of the graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University;
3. Complete all required coursework including the specified practicum and clinical courses. This requirement includes the accumulation and documentation of at least 600 hours of face-to-face clinical experience. Of these 600 hours, a minimum of 500 must be client contact, and a minimum of 100 must be concurrent supervision of that client contact with an approved supervisor, for a minimum ratio of 1 hour of supervision for each 5 hours of client contact;
4. Students in the Master of Arts in the Professional Counseling program are required to earn at least a grade of B- (3.0) in each course. A course with a grade below a B- must be repeated;
5. Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application. The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate. Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met. Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.
In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), Amridge University provides information pertaining to the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Divinity in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, and Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling degree programs as it relates to licensure within each state.
In order to become licensed as a professional counselor, professional clinical counselor, or mental health counselor, candidates must complete the degree, program, and/or coursework required by their chosen state. States also have licensing requirements beyond a program’s graduation requirements that include post-master’s supervised clinical experience, examination(s), background check, and application for license. Professional licensure requirements vary by state. If you are considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure, we recommend you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your home state for information and guidance prior to starting a program outside your state. The National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates provides a listing of state licensure boards on its website: https://www.nbcc.org/search/stateboarddirectory
As of July 1, 2020, the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling degree programs meet the degree and coursework requirements in Alabama (Note: Applicants must officially begin the application process by December 31, 2023), Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Washington, DC.
Modifications to the practicum and clinical training portion of the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling degree programs must be made in order to meet the requirements in Florida, Oregon, and Utah. Contact the University’s Clinical Training Director at email@example.com for additional information.
Amridge University’s Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling degree programs do not meet licensure requirements of the following states California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.
A determination has not been made as to whether or not the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling degree programs meet the educational requirements for licensure in New York.
While Amridge University strives to ensure the information contained here within is current and accurate, human error may occur, and state requirements may change or be updated without our knowledge. We recommend that you regularly check your state’s licensure requirements throughout your studies to ensure ongoing eligibility.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.351.4040, extension 7802.
The Course Requirements of 60 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Arts in Professional Counseling consists of program specific courses.
|Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling||Sem. Hrs.|
|FT 7306 Community and Social Systems
FT 7310 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
FT 7320 Human Development
FT 7321 Human Sexual Development
FT 7322 Theories of Personality Development
FT 7323 Marriage and Family Development
FT 7326 Social and Multicultural Diversity
FT 7331 Marital and Family Systems
FT 7332 Counseling for Abusive Relationships
-OR- FT 7333 Systemic Treatment of Substance Related Disorders
FT 7335 Advanced Therapy
FT 7336 Basic Counseling Techniques/Helping Relationships
FT 7337 Group Counseling
FT 7340 Assessment of Individuals and Families
FT 7355 Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology
PT 7300 PC Ethics and Professional Identity
PT 7350 Lifestyle and Career Development
PT 7370 PC Practicum
PT 7371 PC Clinical Training I
PT 7372 PC Clinical Training II
RS 6339 Research and Evaluation
|Total Hours for Masters Degree||60|
|A student needing extra courses for Licensure or Certification may select from the following:|
|FT 7302 Professional Ethics and the Law
FT 7334 Psychology of Grief, Death and Dying
FT 7373 MFT Clinical Training III (if needed)