Master of Science, Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

Through coursework and clinical training, students majoring in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling will:

  • Exhibit proficiency in counseling skills unique to forming and utilizing professional relationships in school and community settings.
  • Perform competently in the foundational knowledge base, outlined by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Program (CACREP), as well as the specific subject matter (2016 CACREP Standards 5.F) required for delivery of ethical, professional care in a counseling specialization. The knowledge base required by CACREP include the following core area:
  1. professional counseling orientation and ethical practice,
  2. social and cultural diversity,
  3. human growth and development,
  4. career development,
  5. counseling and helping relationships,
  6. group counseling and group work,
  7. assessment and testing, and
  8. research and program evaluation (2016 CACREP Standards 2.F.1-8).
  • Demonstrate ability to integrate theologically informed and spiritually sensitive interventions in counseling practice when appropriate and desired by clients.
  • Effectively apply counseling knowledge, skills and dispositions in professional practice.

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Successful completion of the prescribed curriculum of 60 credit hours with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a grade of "B" or higher in COU 5133 - Counseling Skills and Characteristics, COU 5123 - Legal, Ethical, and Professional Standards, and COU 5XX3 – Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling, as well as practicum and internship courses; 700 hours of supervised practicum and internship under a supervisor approved by the program faculty; and an exit exam.

Note: In addition to the graduation requirements specific to each major, student performance is assessed throughout the program in key performance indicators, overall progress, and professional dispositions, as outlined in the Counselor Education Handbook.

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