The CACREP Accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling track in the Counselor Education MA program prepares students for licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and to practice in agencies, private practice, and other settings.
As part of the program’s pragmatic approach to preparing counselors, in addition to classroom studies, all students complete clinical experiences in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and field-based experiences in the community. The UCF Community Counseling and Research Center serves as a hub for training and research in the program, with graduate students providing annual services to over 1,400 individuals, couples, and families in the central Florida community.
The CACREP Accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling track in the Counselor Education MA program prepares students for licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in order to practice in agencies, private practice, and other settings. Applicants considering this program should contact their State Licensure Board to verify the courses required. The Counselor Education MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://ccie.ucf.edu/cesp/counselored/programs/#ma.
The program requires a minimum of 63 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 6 credit hours of core courses, 39 credit hours of specialization (including a 3 credit hour elective), 12 credit hours of professional clinical experiences, and 6 credit hours of electives in either the nonthesis or thesis option.
Total Credit Hours Required: 63 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
Required Courses—45 Credit Hours
Specialization—39 Credit Hours
Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours
- EGC 6971 - Thesis 6 Credit Hours
Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours
- Two approved electives 6 Credit Hours
Professional Clinical Experience—12 Credit Hours
The clinical experiences are comprised of two sections, Practicum and Internship. Both are experiential in nature and are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program to their work with actual clients and students. The practicum is conducted on campus in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and the internship is conducted at various schools around central Florida.
* Prerequisites for MHS 6803 - Practicum in Counselor Education are the following: MHS 5005 , MHS 6070 , MHS 6400 , MHS 6401 , MHS 6500 , and MHS 6702 . A minimum of 27 credit hours are required prior to beginning the practicum.
** The prerequisites for MHS 6803 Counseling Internship is a “B” or better in all sections of MHS 6803 as well as MHS 6420 .
Additional Program Requirements
- Achieve at least a GPA of 3.0 in counseling specialization courses.
- Achieve a “B” or better in MHS 5005 , MHS 6401 , MHS 6803 and SDS 6947 .
- Complete a total of 800 hours of clinical experiences, 200 of which will be in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and 600 of which are field-based experiences in the community.
- Complete a portfolio and receive approval by Counselor Education faculty.
- Complete a professional exit examination.
- Given the experiential, competency, and performance-based nature of the courses taken by Counselor Education students, students are limited to taking a maximum of three (3) courses per semester. However, if students believe that they can verify a need to take more than three courses, they should consult with their academic adviser for additional guidelines. Students who have not received prior approval and who register for more than three courses per semester will be administratively dropped from any courses over the maximum allowed.
Practica and internships are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program. The internship experience provides students with the practical experience of facilitating a comprehensive, professional school counseling program in a school setting (e.g., leading classroom guidance lessons, facilitating group counseling, providing individual counseling services).
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Official, competitive GRE score taken in the last five years.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Goal statement.
In accordance with Florida Statute 1004.4 and State Board of Education Rule 6A-5.066, admission to this graduate-level, state-approved initial teacher preparation program also requires passing all four parts of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination/General Knowledge Test (FTCE/GKT). This provision applies to all applicants to the MA program, School Counseling track.
The Master of Arts in Counselor Education-School Counseling track can accommodate only a limited number of students; therefore, there is a possibility of being denied admission even when all criteria are met.
The College of Education and Human Performance reserves the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to the Counselor Education Program, if in the judgment of the faculty the student demonstrates unacceptable personal fitness to work in the counseling field with children, youth, and/or adults.
A formal interview is required and will be scheduled after the College of Education and Human Performance admission requirements are met. The interview dates for March and October will be posted on our Counselor Education website. Attendance at the program orientation session at 4:30 p.m. on the Thursday before classes begin, in the semester to which the student applied, is mandatory.
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|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.