West Palm Beach & Wellington

Counseling Education: FAQ

Q. What is the basis of the program?

The program is designed to provide both a biblical and intellectual foundation for understanding and studying human nature in its spiritual, cognitive, behavioral, emotional and institutional expressions. You will develop Christian character, personal integrity, critical thinking skills, clinical skills and academic proficiency. 

Q. How is the curriculum structured?

The curriculum is divided into four separate tracks:

Track 1, for students desiring licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy; Track 2, for students desiring licensure in Mental Health Counseling; Track 3, for students desiring certification in School Counseling, and Track 4, for students desiring certification as a Certified Addictions Professional.

Q. When are classes offered?

Classes are offered in the evening Monday through Thursday enabling you to continue to work full-time while earning your degree. Students generally attend two nights per week, and most courses are offered from 6-10 p.m. Some courses are offered with an early option and meet from 4:30-7 p.m.

Q. How long will it take to earn my Counseling Education degree?

Most students can complete the program in two-and-a half to three years depending on their chosen track.
Students are advised to have five courses that are high in psychology, which can come from a variety of disciplines, such as psychology, education, sociology, communication, ministry and business management.
A statistics course would apply as a prerequisite. Your admissions counselor will advise you regarding specific prerequisites that may be required for your particular track.

Q. Will the program prepare me for state licensure?

The program is designed to prepare students to seek Florida licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling or Florida certification in Addictions or School Counseling. There are work experience and exams that must be completed following graduation, before licensure/certification is granted.

 Admission  Requirements

The Counseling Education program at Palm Beach Atlantic University is a limited enrollment program. New student applications are accepted for fall and spring semesters.

Admission into the Counseling Education program is determined by the Graduate Admission Committee of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies.

Regular admission will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Earned bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Cumulative undergraduate  grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. If the cumulative GPA is less than 3.0, the GPA in the last 60 semester credit hours will be calculated.
  3. Submission of an acceptable score on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or MAT (Millers Analogy Test). (GRE/MAT may be waived for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.)
  4. Interview with the Counseling Psychology admissions counselor and the Counseling Psychology Admission Committee.
  5. Completion of the MMPI-2 (See an Admission Counselor for details).
  6. Submission of an essay written on site.
  7. Submission of three letters of recommendation. Transfer students must have letter of recommendation from advisor/faculty member.
  8. International students should inquire about additional admission requirements.

Provisional Admission

Provisional Admission may be granted to applicants who have not yet taken the GRE/MAT. Each applicant will be considered individually. Applicants who have not taken the GRE/MAT must do so no later than mid-term of the first semester of enrollment.

Transfer coursework

Counseling Education applicants may transfer up to 15 semester credit hours of previous related graduate coursework into this program, subject to the approval of the director of the Counseling Education program at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Degree Candidacy

After completing at least 18 credit hours and no more than 27 credit hours of course work (which must include PSY 5133-Counseling Skills I and PSY 5113-Group Counseling) you must apply for and be approved for degree candidacy before you will be allowed to continue progressing in the graduate counseling psychology program.

Tuition Payment Options & Financial Aid

Student loans are available to graduate students through the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). To be eligible, students must register for at least six semester hours of college credit applicable to the graduate program and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. See your admissions counselor for details about tuition, financial aid and scholarships.

For additional information, contact:

Office of Evening & Graduate Admission/  Palm Beach Atlantic University • P.O. Box 24708 • West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4708
561-803-2122 • 888-468-6722 • fax 561-803-2115 • grad@pba.edu