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Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling program prepares counseling practitioners in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. Courses are designed to train graduates to be counselors in agencies, schools, correctional facilities, treatment centers, and private practice. The program offers a wide variety of courses to prepare graduates to feel proficient in both individual and group counseling. 

Students are well prepared to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in West Virginia and in other states. For those students who plan to work outside of West Virginia, the department will be happy to assist in discerning whether or not our program meets that particular state's licensure requirements.  

The program offers two related tracks of study, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling
group counseling

This graduate program teaches students many different intervention strategies that can be used in the community or in treatment facilities.
The counseling program prepares students to become licensed professional counselors in West Virginia.

Clinical mental health counselors work in many different settings, such as mental-health centers, drug-treatment centers, prisons, juvenile treatment centers, and private practice. They work with adolescents, adults, the elderly, those addicted to drugs and alcohol, or the severely mentally challenged.  Many graduates work in outpatient mental-health settings, in teams with medical doctors, or in private practice. Others choose to work in correctional facilities or for companies. Some clinical mental health counselors emphasize working with couples and families or with adolescents, while others specialize in grief counseling or crisis counseling. 

School Counseling

school counselor

WVU’s school counseling program trains professional school counselors to work with students in pre-K-Adult settings. According to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), “today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, career, and social/emotional development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow” (ASCA, 2018). Counselors work with a wide variety of stakeholders including teachers, parents, administrators, local business leaders, and community leaders to insure preparation of productive future community members.

The  school counseling program trains students in counseling interventions, theories, and techniques as well as how to plan, design, and implement a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program. Students learn to structure comprehensive school counseling programs based on both the American School Counselor Association’s National Model as well as the West Virginia Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program Model.

Professional school counselors provide school counseling programs that offer education, prevention, and intervention to address the diverse and complex needs of children and adolescents as they progress across the developmental lifespan.

The program prepares graduates for certification in West Virginia and other states as professional school counselors serving pre-K-Adult populations.

WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at WVU is currently accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) eligible provider. 

  The School Counseling specialty licensure area offered at our EPP has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Education. The West Virginia Department of Education organizes and monitors the approval process for new licensure areas and changes to existing licensure areas offered through a preparation program. 

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To request more information about either track of the Master of Arts in Counseling program, please contact:

Kelly Webber 
Administrative Secretary, Sr. 
Phone: (304) 293-3808 

Ed Jacobs, PhD, LPC  
Associate Professor, Coordinator of Counseling 
Phone: (304) 293-2177 

This program is one of two counselor education program in the state of West Virginia that is accredited by the  Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).