Get a Masteral degree on counseling

Monday, June 30, 2014

If you're thinking of furthering your education in the counseling field, you may be wondering what kind of coursework to expect in a master's program in counseling. Every school has its own specific requirements based on the kind of program and concentration you choose. However, the broad course base is often very similar among programs. Here is an overview of what you'll study in a master's of counseling program. 

Core Curriculum

A master's degree in counseling will prepare you to work with people in a variety of ways and in all kinds of settings. Whether you're hoping to work in a school, nonprofit agency, clinical setting or other organization, a master's degree in counseling will prepare you to utilize the key practices and theories in a hands-on and practical way. Many programs, like WFU's counseling degree, focus on these key areas: 

• Appraisal Procedures
• Career and Lifestyle Development
• Group Work and Helping Relationships
• Human Growth and Development
• Research and Program Evaluation
• Social and Cultural Evaluations

This makes up the core curriculum that will prepare you to communicate effectively with clients from various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. You'll also learn effective assessment, evaluation and counseling techniques to help you guide people toward their desired goals. 


Often, a master's program will have two or more specializations from which to choose, such as School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The School Counseling program will prepare you to counsel students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will teach you the skills to work one-on-one and with groups to address problematic psychosocial issues and to implement change. Graduates of this program could be hired to work in a number of settings including hospitals, treatment centers, private practice and behavioral health care facilities. 

Meeting Goals

The directors of counseling programs want to help you reach your academic and professional goals through quality education based on the motto of serving humanity. In a master's of counseling program, you'll study a core curriculum that addresses everything from assessment and evaluation to guiding developmental theories. Your education will occur under the umbrella of the goal to serve humanity while working toward a purposeful life.


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