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Master of Arts In Counseling

Mission Statement

The counselor education program at West Virginia University forwards the land grant mission of the University in a rural state by providing a strong practitioner training program focused on the unique needs of the Appalachian region and other diverse communities. We are committed to preparing entry-level community mental health and school counselors to work competently and ethically within a pluralistic society. Our central organizing approach to counseling rests in the understanding of the human development needs of individuals, couples, families, and groups across the lifespan.


This program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). A CACREP-based core curriculum provides the minimum knowledge and skills considered necessary for anyone serving in these fields.  These include:

(Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2016 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program.)



The following objectives correspond with the specific requirements of CACREP and are derived from our mission statement: