2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Dec 16, 2018  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy MA


College: Education and Human Performance Degree: MA
Department: Child, Family and Community Sciences Option: Nonthesis
Program Websites: http://education.ucf.edu/counselored/
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description


The CACREP accredited Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy Master of Arts program prepares students for licensure in marriage and family therapy and practice in agencies, private practice, and other settings. For information on how this program may prepare you for professional licensure, please visit the program website or contact the program coordinator.

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.

Curriculum


The CACREP accredited Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy MA program prepares students for Florida licensure in marriage and family therapy. The program requires a minimum of 63 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 6 credit hours of core courses, 45 credit hours of specialization courses (including 3 credit hours of an elective), and 12 credit hours of professional clinical experience.

Total Credit Hours Required: 63 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Required Courses: 51 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. The practicum is conducted on campus in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and the internship is conducted at various clinical sites around central Florida.

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. The practicum is conducted on campus in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and the internship is conducted at various clinical sites 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 prerequisite for MHS 6830  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 MHS 6830 .
  • 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.
  • Students in the Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy program must complete 180 hours of marriage and family therapy services (within the 800 total hours of clinical experiences over the course of their practica and internships) in a marriage and family therapy setting.
  • 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 Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy students, students are limited to taking a maximum of three (3) courses per semester. However, if students believe they can verify a need to take more than three courses, they should consult with their academic advisor for approval 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 load.

Independent Learning


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 providing hands-on services for a variety of clients and presenting concerns. Such services may include, but are not limited to, individual, couple, family, and group counseling with children, adolescents, and adults. Client concerns range from developmental and relational concerns to more severe pathology.

Application Requirements


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 within the last five years.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Résumé.
  • Goal statement.

The Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy program 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 judgement 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.

Application Deadlines


Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy MA *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Feb 1 - -
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 - -
*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.

Financials


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


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.

Contact Info


Graduate Program

Sejal Barden PhD
Assistant Professor
Sejal.Barden@ucf.edu
Telephone: 407-823-6106
ED 322H

Graduate Admissions

Christina Dabrowski
gradadmissions@ucf.edu
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
GMAT: RZT-HT-58
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127
gradfellowship@ucf.edu
https://funding.graduate.ucf.edu

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241
finaid@ucf.edu
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