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Create Positive Social Change with an M.Ed. in Counseling

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Prepare for your future, and help transform the futures of others, with the Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Our curriculum will challenge you and help develop your understanding of patient intervention and advocacy methods. The program will train students to become licensed professional counselors and help those in need.

We also offer a specialization in Military and Veterans Counseling within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration.

Explore coursework in psychopathology, ethics, holistic wellness, multicultural counseling and more. Prepare to fill professional roles in community-based mental health centers, hospitals, Veterans Affairs clinics, and other treatment centers. Because licensed professional counselors will work with professionals from other helping disciplines, your studies will also place great emphasis on the following competencies:

  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Referral
  • Prevention

The Online Master's in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling can be completed in as few as three years (60 credit hours). The practicum offers students their first exposure to client contact, refining their personal approach to counseling.

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Why Mariah decided to earn her Master's in Counseling
Why Mariah decided to earn her Master's in Counseling
Why Mariah decided to earn her Master's in Counseling

Your Degree for Preparation and Specialization

The Online M.Ed. in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is designed as an entry-level degree for professional counseling. What does that mean for you?

  • We accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds
  • We also prepare students for licensure and to work as a Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner (LSATP)
  • Those interested in this specialization will benefit greatly from our curriculum focus on both clinical practice and general wellness

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Ready Yourself for Licensure
Licensed professional counselors work with clients who represent a diverse spectrum of mental and emotional disorders, and licensure requirements may vary as a result. Our Online M.Ed. in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program fulfills all classroom and clinical requirements for licensure in Virginia, as well as certification by the National Board of Certified Counselors. However, applicants are encouraged to review any additional requirements for their state or intended field.
Learn from Field-Tested Counselors and Proven Leaders
In the world of counseling, there is no greater teacher than those who have stood where you will stand and counseled others through life’s myriad challenges. Your instructors at William & Mary represent diverse backgrounds and experiences, pulling from numerous professions beyond clinical counseling, and are celebrated for their research, published works and professional excellence. Get to know the leaders who will guide you through dynamic coursework and mentor you closely as you take your first steps into the field of counseling.

Are You Ready To Apply?

Priority Application Deadline
May 7
Fall 2021 Term
Application Deadline
July 2
Fall 2021 Term
Next Start
Aug 30
Fall 2021 Term

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