Program Overview

Mission and Objectives

The mission of the Department of Counselor Education is to educate counseling students including those from diverse academic, geographic, religious/spiritual, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, preparing them to accept and demonstrate their professional counseling responsibilities with distinction. Students learn to behave ethically, become aware of their personal strengths and resiliency, as well as their professional counseling responsibilities in an effort to apply these skills and self-knowledge to a culturally diverse clientele.

Based on the mission of the department, the following goals were developed:

  • To provide students with the most comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge and skills in the field of counseling.
  • To prepare students by exposing them to practical experiences in counseling settings.
  • To expose students to a variety of different developmental, ethnic, and cultural groups and to prepare them to work with culturally diverse populations.
  • To develop an awareness of ethical, legal and spiritual factors in counseling.
  • To provide opportunities which impress students with the needs for continuing personal and professional growth.

The objectives of the department are accessed through the following experiences:

  • Ethically informed professional identity
  • Awareness of personal strengths and resiliency
  • Appreciation of diverse cultures
  • Critical thinking and creative expression
  • Efficacious commitment to professional and community service

CACREP Core Curricula

The following list identifies the eight CACREP "core curricula" areas and the courses in the department which serve to fulfill those respective standards:

  1. Professional Identity
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity
  3. Human Growth and Development
  4. Career Development
  5. Helping Relationships
  6. Group Dynamics
  7. Assessment
  8. Research and Program Evaluation

Programs

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

This program is designed to train therapists for positions as a mental health counselor in community, state, federal and private social service agencies and for employee assistance program positions in business and industry. Graduates are prepared to provide such services as child, youth, couple, family, employment, health, multicultural, gerontological, substance abuse and/or well new counseling. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the examination of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and to become members of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA). After completing two years of postgraduate supervised experience, students may be eligible for clinical membership in the NBCC's Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors and for licensure in Florida as mental health counselors.

Master of Science in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

This program prepares students for careers as counselors in marriage, couple and family counseling in public and private social service agencies, hospitals, churches, businesses and independent practice settings. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the examination of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and to become members of the International Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (I.A.M.F.C.). After completing two years of post-graduate supervised professional experience, students may be eligible for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage Family Therapy (AAMFT) and for licensure in Florida as marriage and family therapists.

Advanced Studies

Play and Creativity in Counseling

Program Completion Outcomes

  • Fall 2018
    • Marriage Couple and Family Counseling: 2
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 7
  • Spring 2019
    • Marriage Couple and Family Counseling: 2
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 7
    • Dual: 2
    • School Counseling: 1
  • Summer 2019
    • Marriage Couple and Family Counseling: 1
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 8
    • Dual: 1
  • Fall 2019
    • Marriage Couple and Family Counseling: 4
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 8
    • Dual: 1
  • Spring 2020
    • Marriage Couple and Family Counseling: 3
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 10
    • Dual: 1
  • Summer 2020
    • Marriage Couple and Family Counseling: 3
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 4
  • Fall 2020
    • Marriage Couple and Family Counseling: 1
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: 2 

In Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019, there were 18 graduates from our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, 11 graduates from our Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program, one graduate from our dual major, and 1 School Counseling program graduate. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). The total score pass rate for these graduates taking the CPCE examination was 96 percent. The pass rate for state licensure and certification exams taken last year was approximately 87 percent. Of the Fall 2018 and Spring and Summer 2019 graduating students, 87 percent graduated from the program in the expected time period and 93 percent of those program graduates who desired employment in the counseling profession are currently employed as professional counselors.

For more information on program evaluation results and important program modifications, please view our Annual Reports: