Counselor Education & Family Therapy - M.S. In Counselor Education with a Specialization in Clinical Professional Counseling

Counselor Education & Family Therapy


Contact Information

Henry Barnard 225

Dr. Cherie King

Department Chair/Professor

Marian Rosario 

Department Secretary


M.S. In Counselor Education

Specialization in Clinical Professional Counseling

The Clinical Professional Counseling program prepares diverse students for the clinical professional counseling field in areas of clinical mental health, clinical rehabilitation, addictions recovery, and gerontology counseling so that they can become multiculturally competent practitioners utilizing systemic clinical counseling and ethical practices in alignment with the eight professional counseling standards of The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)as well as the eight core areas established by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).  

Through the process of study and practice, the student has the opportunity to gradually and comprehensively incorporate a wide array of learning and become an agent of change at a variety of levels. The end product of such training is a professional counselor who is not only well-grounded in theory but has been nurtured personally, professionally, and ethically through an on-going training and supervisory process. The Clinical Professional Counseling program provides the academic background necessary for students to pursue licensing as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate (LPC-A), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and/or Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) as well as certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and/or a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

The Clinical Professional Counseling program is a 60/63 credit graduate program designed to prepare students for work in a variety of rehabilitation, mental health, addictions, and community agencies. Within these settings, clinicians will assist individuals experiencing emotional, mental, social, and physical challenges and disabilities. Students are taught theories and techniques of practice in individual and group counseling modalities. They also learn about the special problems and concerns of people with a wide variety of mental and physical challenges and disabilities as well as other socially stigmatizing conditions. 

There are four specialization tracks within the Clinical Professional Counseling Program:

  1. Clinical Mental Health
  2. Clinical Rehabilitation
  3. Addictions Recovery
  4. Gerontology Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling tracks are accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) through October 31, 2023.


Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Counselor Education and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University is to develop self-aware professionals and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to empower diverse individuals, families, and communities to achieve their well-being, relationship, education, and career goals.

Our Values

We are committed to developing engaged, mindful learners who promote emotional growth and social and emotional competence over their lifespan, as well as professionals who value social justice, respect human dignity, and have open and flexible attitudes and skillsets.


Our Philosophy

The philosophy of the program is that a student must integrate theories and techniques as tools for enhancing one's effectiveness as an agent of intervention and change. The Clinical Professional Counseling program emphasizes theories that promote recovery, resiliency, and rehabilitation; therefore, we integrate a mindfulness-informed theoretical orientation throughout our coursework. Students learn to take a mindfulness-informed approach with theories and techniques that enhance one’s effectiveness in facilitating development and change.

Overall Objectives for All Counselor Education Programs 

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate core knowledge appropriate to the counseling profession (1.b., 5.n., 8.a.)
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills (6.b.)
  3. Demonstrate advocacy skills (1.e)
  4. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills of counseling techniques and interventions (4.b., 5.g., 7.e., 7.i.)
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills to address client trauma (1.l., 2.h.)
  6. Demonstrate application of knowledge of current ethical and legal codes (3.i.)
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to developing one’s cultural competence (2.d., 5.f.)
  8. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with other professionals
  9. Demonstrate dispositions appropriate to the profession

10. Demonstrate excellent communication skills


Program Objectives for CACREP-Accredited Clinical Professional Counseling Specialty Tracks


Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of principles, models, and documentation formats of biopsychosocial case conceptualization and treatment planning (CMHC 1.c.)
  2. Demonstrate understanding of psychological tests and assessments specific to clinical mental health counseling (CMHC 1.e)
  3. Demonstrate understanding of diagnostic process, including differential diagnosis and the use of current diagnostic classification systems, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (CMHC 2.d.)
  4. Demonstrate understanding of impact of crisis and trauma on individuals with mental health diagnoses (CMHC 2.f.)
  5. Demonstrate the ability to facilitate intake interviews, mental status evaluations, biopsychosocial histories, mental health histories, and psychological assessments for treatment planning and caseload management (CMHC 3.a.)


Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling


Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of etiology and effects of disabilities and terminology relevant to clinical rehabilitation counseling (CRC 1.f.)
  2. Demonstrate understanding of effects of discrimination, such as handicapism, ableism, and power, privilege, and oppression on clients’ life and career development (CRC 2.k.)
  3. Demonstrate understanding of effects of the onset, progression, and expected duration of disability on clients’ holistic functioning (i.e., physical, spiritual, sexual, vocational, social, relational, and recreational) (CRC 2.m.)
  4. Demonstrate understanding of transferable skills, functional assessments, and work-related supports for achieving and maintaining meaningful employment for people with disabilities (CRC 2.n.)
  5. Demonstrate understanding of environmental, attitudinal, and individual barriers for people with disabilities (CRC 2.p.)
  6. Demonstrate the ability to conduct diagnostic interviews, mental status examinations, symptom inventories, psychoeducational and personality assessments, biopsychosocial histories, assessments for treatment planning, and assessments for assistive technology needs (CRC 3.a.)
  7. Demonstrate understanding of strategies to advocate for persons with disabilities (CRC 3.c.)

Enrollment and Graduation Rates 2017 - 2021

Full Time Students
Part Time Graduates
Program Graduates


Time Required to Complete the M.S. in Counselor Education

Required Graduate Credit Hours:

  • 60/63 (thesis project optional)

Full-Time Student:

  • Three (3) years, which includes coursework taken outside the traditional fall and spring academic semesters (i.e., summer sessions)

Part-Time Student:

  • Maximum of six (6) years

Program Statistics / Performance Data / Employment Prospects

Licensure/Certification Eligibility:

  • The 60/63 credit program meets academic requirements for the following licenses and/or certifications:
    • State of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health (DPH)
      • Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate (LPC-A)
      • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
      • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
    • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
      • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
    • Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)
      • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)


Counselor Preparation, Licensure, and Certification Examination:

  • The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) is an exit examination that is taken by all graduate students while enrolled in the clinical professional counseling supervised internship course:
    • 100% pass rate (Spring/Summer 2021)
  • The 60/63 credit clinical professional counseling program prepares graduates to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE), the National Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE), or the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Examination, which are required for state licensure and/or national certifications:
    • National Counselor Examination (NCE)
      • 100% pass rate of all graduates who obtained state licensure
    • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Examination
      • 95% first-time pass rate (compared to the national pass rate of 54% as of July 2020)


Employment Settings for Program Graduates:

  • Employment opportunities exist in numerous settings such as human service agencies, community mental health centers, community rehabilitation programs, alcohol and drug treatment clinics, state and federal vocational rehabilitation agencies, rehabilitation hospitals, private rehabilitation companies, hospitals for individuals with a wide range of mental and emotional disabilities, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, correctional facilities, and private practice settings (post-LPC).


Employment Rates of Program Graduates:

  • 100% (six months post-graduation)

Graduate Tuition & Affiliated Fees

Please refer to the information provided by CCSU’s Bursar’s Office, which is available on the following webpage:


*Graduate Admission and Application Information

Please refer to the information provided by CCSU’s School of Graduate Studies, which is available on the following webpage:

*NOTE: Because admission to the Master of Science in Counselor Education with Specialization in Clinical Professional Counseling is a highly competitive process, meeting the minimum graduate and program specific application criteria and requirements does not guarantee automatic acceptance into the program.