Counselor Education Program Strengths
Scholarship: Students entering any of the master's counselor education degree programs receive a scholarship of 25% discounted tuition through the duration of their master's training as long as they are enrolled in 6 credits per fall and spring semester.
CACREP Accreditation:The 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation indicates that the Program has a rigorous curriculum and provides comprehensive fieldwork supervision. The regulations for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) and certification for school counselors in most states are based on the CACREP model, and graduates of CACREP programs are better able to obtain licensure or certification when relocating to other states. Some states require that applicants for licensure or certification have graduated from a CACREP accredited program. Graduates of CACREP programs are able to apply to be a National Certified Counselor (NCC) while in the last semester of study, which saves the graduate two years of post-master's experience, and beginning in 2022 only graduates of CACREP programs can obtain the NCC. The Veterans Administration (VA) will only hire counselors who have graduated CACREP-accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs.
Small to Moderate Class Sizes: Classes typically range from 6 to 25 students, in comparison to other graduate programs which may have as many as 40 students in a class.
Faculty: The vast majority of the classes are taught by full-time faculty, who have considerable professional experience are in active within the profession and in conducting research. Many graduate counseling programs rely upon adjunct instructors.
Full- or Part-Time Matriculation: Students have the option of full- or part-time matriculation. Full-time students may graduate within two years (2 fall, spring & summer semesters).
Bachelor's Degree: Graduates from ALL undergraduate majors are eligible to apply to the program. Other than having a bachelor's degree there are no undergraduate pre-requisites.
Methods of Instruction: The faculty employ a variety of instructional methods including experiential learning, self-reflection papers, case study analysis, live and taped demonstrations, group learning, class discussion, mini-lecture, etc. Most of the classes are taught in a classroom format and only a few courses are available through online instruction.
Fieldwork Sites: Students may select from various mental health agencies or school districts in choosing a fieldwork site.
University's Reputation: Duquesne University has a national and growing reputation. Duquesne is ranked as Top tier university (US News & World Report, 2015).
Campus/City: Duquesne University is situated in the heart of Pittsburgh, a vibrant and safe city that has been recognized world-wide for its livability, welcoming atmosphere and professional opportunity. In 2014, The Economist again named Pittsburgh the most livable city in the contiguous United States, and The Travel Channel has called Pittsburgh "... bubbling over with young people helping to redefine the city."
Counselor Education Program: Graduates receive a master's degree in counselor education. In some states, such as Ohio and Virginia, a master's degree in counselor education is required for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), and graduates of counseling psychology or clinical psychology programs may not obtain the LPC in those states.
Large Alumni: Duquesne's Counselor Education program was the first to receive CACREP accreditation in western Pennsylvania and there are many alumni in the area.