An option for licensure in mental health counseling is provided for students who plan to work specifically in an agency and private setting. Students follow the core program, but they must take the additional course in the curriculum and must adhere to any changes instituted by the state of Florida’s licensing board for mental health counselors.
Students with a master’s degree who seek certification in mental health counseling must apply for admission. Courses are offered to meet certification requirements in Florida.
Students entering without an undergraduate degree in Education must complete the following courses in addition to the required courses in the Program:
6 semester hours in general methods
6 semester hours of Education Foundations
6 semester hours of Internship
An applicant must:
Meet all university admissions requirements: i.e. “B” (3.0) average in the last sixty (60) semester hours of undergraduate work and a score on the GRE.
Meet all criteria for undergraduate admission to teacher education.
Submit an application and copies of all transcripts from post-secondary institutions.
Declare in writing intention to major in mental health counseling.
Submit GRE scores taken within the last five (5) years.
Present three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a qualified professional. These letters should address the applicant’s personal and professional qualities.
Meet the requirements of the State Mandated College Level Academic Skills Program the Pass the General Knowledge Examination (preferred).
Declare in writing his/her intention to major in counselor education.
Professional Clinical Experience (3-6 semester hours of school counseling)
Thesis Track (optional) or Electives (1-6 semester hours)
Professional Clinical Experiences
Practicum and Internship are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which candidates must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program. The internship experience gives candidates full control of the operational setting where they are placed (e.g., student interns being observed and monitored by the site supervisor and the university supervisor).
Students entering the counselor education program without an undergraduate degree in Education must complete the following in addition to the required courses: