Curriculum: M.Coun. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Oregon State University’s Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) with an option in clinical mental health counseling is a 90-credit program.

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Core curriculum

The core curriculum is based on eight knowledge areas requiredby the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP):

  • Professional counseling orientation and ethical practice
  • Social and cultural diversity
  • Human growth and development
  • Career development
  • Counseling and helping relationships
  • Group counseling and group work
  • Assessment and testing
  • Research and program evaluation

Experiential requirements for degree completion

Internship - you are required to complete a minimum of 600 hours of internship totaling 15 credits, although students may choose to complete up to 24 credits of field experience. This is a great opportunity to serve your community while learning how to provide services that will help others. You are also required to complete a minimum of 100 hours (6 credits) of practicum to develop skills prior to enrolling in internship.

Personal counseling – you are required to attend 10 counseling sessions. This provides you experience observing and working with a practicing professional to achieve a greater understanding of the counseling process from a client’s perspective. This requirement is an essential personal growth requirement.

Conferences and training – you are required to earn 24 contact hours (CEUs) of professional development activities by attending an approved professional conference along with additional workshops, webinars, conferences or seminars.

Nationally administered exam

You must successfully pass a comprehensive national exam as determined by program faculty. Students are financially responsible for the exam.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

In compliance with an agreement with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Oregon State University provides information regarding professional licensure through distance education. The courses and programs, delivered online by OSU Ecampus, are not formally approved for professional licensure outside of the state of Oregon.

To determine whether these courses or programs meet licensure requirements in your state, you must contact the appropriate licensing board(s). Visit our license disclosure webpage for each state's contact information.


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