The Citadel’s Master of Arts in Psychology degree program in Clinical Counseling offers graduate education for those interested in becoming professional counselors in community agencies, including college counseling centers, hospitals, mental health, and social services agencies. The curriculum reflects current knowledge and perspectives concerning psychological counseling and human development needs of a diverse multicultural society.
The curriculum has been developed according to guidelines set forth by the Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology (CAMPP) and the program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) from June 2012 through June 2022.
Why choose The Citadel’s Clinical Counseling Program?
- Training is based on psychological, evidence-based principles and emphasizes taking a scholarly approach to understanding client problems and developing intervention strategies.
- Students have the opportunity to complete their field placement experiences in a wide variety of organizations with a diverse range of client and problems.
- Our program has a strong reputation in the community and the field with our students successfully obtaining employment upon graduation, specifically 79% of graduates since 2016 obtained employment in the field before graduation and another 17% obtained employment within three months of graduation.
- Our graduates become leaders in the field by directing agencies and programs; serving on community/agency boards and task forces; taking leadership roles within state, regional and national organizations; managing successful private practices.
- Graduates are prepared to successfully navigate licensure with substantially above average passage rates on required licensure examinations. Since 2015, CCP graduates have reported a first-time passage rate of 100% compared to an overall 72% passage rate on the NCE and 53% passage rate on the NCMHCE in 2016 for all taking the exam in South Carolina.
Students may complete the program on a part-time or full-time basis. The program must be completed within five years of initial enrollment. Courses are taught in the evenings after 4:00 at The Citadel’s historic campus in downtown Charleston, SC. Full-time students typically complete the program in 3 to 3-1/2 years.
Coursework is consistent with requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor in the state of South Carolina and students can meet requirements for licensure as an Addictions Counselor.
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