M.S. Ed. Counselor Education
The Duquesne University Counselor Education Program offers Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, School Counseling (PreK-12), and School Counseling for Certified Teachers (PreK-12). The classes for these master's programs are offered during weeknights.
- Students entering any of the master's counselor education 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.
- The 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage 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 moving 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.
- 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.
- The Counselor Education Program has small to average class sizes.
- Students have the option of full- or part-time matriculation. Full-time students may graduate within two years (2 fall, spring and summer semesters).
- 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.
- Duquesne University has a national and growing reputation.
- The Counselor Education Program Faculty members are active practitioners and researchers who identify with the counseling profession.
- The vast majority of classes are taught by full-time faculty.
- Students may select from various mental health agencies and school districts in choosing a fieldwork site.
- The university campus is adjacent to downtown Pittsburgh and yet has a distinct identity.