University Bulletin 2018-2019

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Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling at USA requires a minimum of five courses (15 hours) with grades of "A" or "B". The student may choose from a list of courses to meet requirements for the certificate that provides specific training in the individual's area of counseling emphasis. The student will work with the program director/and or advisor to develop the best plan possible to meet career goals.

Counselor educators are ethically required to ensure that students meet academic requirements and demonstrate clinical competencies. Satisfactory progress will be predicated on a combination of factors such as academic success, clinical competence, adherence to ethical standards, and appropriate interpersonal functioning. Students who do not demonstrate satisfactory competence within any of these critical areas of professional performance may be terminated from the program. Core faculty will evaluate students on a continuing basis to determine students' satisfactory progression through the program. Other policies, procedures, and guidelines are addressed in the Counselor Education Graduate Student Handbook.

Admissions Requirements

The curriculum for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program begins each fall semester and proceeds in a sequenced manner. Applications for graduate programs in counseling are reviewed in the spring of each year and students are admitted beginning in fall semester. The deadline for all application materials is March 1st.

Requirements for admission are:

  1. A master's degree in Counseling or Counselor Education.
  2. A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.
  3. One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional abilities.
  5. A personal statement describing their career goal(s) and how the certificate program will further these goals.
  6. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  7. Resume
  8. Applicants whose application portfolio is deemed to be acceptable are required to participate in an interview by counseling program faculty.

Final admission decisions involve evaluation of the following: grade-point average; scores on the GRE or MAT; letters of reference; professional experience; the applicant's statement of purpose; interview by counseling faculty and program enrollment and availability. All new students are required to attend the Counselor Education Graduate Student Orientation in the first semester following admission to one of the programs.

Students who are not enrolled for three consecutive semesters must complete all admissions requirements again and be reviewed by the program admissions committee.

Comprehensive Examination:  Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). 

Department of Counseling and Instructional Sciences    
(251) 380-2861
Chair James R. Stefurak
Professors Davidson-Shivers, Johnson, Van Haneghan           
Associate Professors Fregeau, Lewis, Stefurak
Assistant Professors Browning, McDermott, Moore, Upton, Zha

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Department of Counseling and Instructional Sciences

The Department of Counseling and Instructional Sciences offers the Master of Education degree in Educational Media (leading to certification in Library Media), and in  School Counseling leading to certification as a school counselor, and the Master of Science degree in Educational Media & Technology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Instructional Design. The department also offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Design and Development.  The department collaborates with the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences to deliver the Ph.D. degree in Combined-Integrated Clinical & Counseling Psychology. Finally, the department offers the B.S. degree and minor in Instructional Design & Performance Improvement.

Interdepartmental education

Faculty within the department offer foundational coursework in Education Technology, Educational Psychology, Educational Foundations, and Educational Research. These courses are offered for students in the undergraduate and graduate programs throughout the college and are designed to broaden and strengthen degree-area preparation.