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

Counselor Education & Family Therapy


M.S. In Counselor Education

Specialization in Clinical Professional Counseling

(Clinical Mental Health, Clinical Rehabilitation, Addictions Recovery, and Gerontology Counseling Tracks)

Our Mission

Central Connecticut State University's Clinical Professional Counseling program's mission is to prepare 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 multi-culturally competent practitioners utilizing systemic clinical counseling and ethical practices through adhering to the professional counseling standards [CACREP and National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)].

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 assisting individuals with emotional, mental, social and physical challenges, and disabilities. Employment opportunities exist in numerous settings including human service agencies, community mental health centers, community rehabilitation programs, alcohol and drug treatment clinics, state-federal Vocational Rehabilitation agencies, private rehabilitation companies, rehabilitation hospitals, hospitals for individuals with a wide range of mental and emotional disabilities, insurance companies, and correctional institutions. 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 physical and mental challenges and disabilities and other socially stigmatizing conditions. 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 philosophy of the program has a mindfulness-based theoretical orientation. The program emphasizes theories that promote recovery, resiliency, and rehabilitation. Students learn to integrate a mindfulness orientation with theories and techniques that enhance one's effectiveness in facilitation of development and change. Through the process of study and practice, the student has an opportunity to incorporate a wide array of learning gradually and comprehensively. The end product of such training is a Professional Counselor who is well-grounded in theory, and who has had the nurturing through an on-going training and supervisory process to use him- or herself effectively, professionally, and ethically as an agent of change at a variety of levels. The Clinical Professional Counseling program provides the academic background necessary for students to pursue certification as Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), licensing as a professional counselor (LPC), and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). The Clinical Mental Health and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling tracks are accredited by CACREP until October 31, 2023.

Program Goals

  1. To develop entry-level clinical professional counselors at the point of graduation.

  2. To advance and disseminate the 8 NBCC, 8 CACREP core standards, and specialty areas (clinical mental health, clinical rehabilitation, and addiction recovery) as a valued systemic basis for teaching and practicing.

  3. To promote multicultural competence in a systemic clinical counseling practice.

  4. To promote a mindfulness-based orientation in the clinical counseling field and among our students, faculty, and graduates

Student Learning Outcomes

Students in the Program will be expected to:

  • Exhibit behaviors and attitudes appropriate to the clinical professional counseling profession;

  • Demonstrate pertinent and professionally relevant foundation knowledge, contextual dimensions, and practices within the 10 CORE areas, 9 NBCC, and 8 CACREP standard curriculum content areas and specialty counseling areas (e.g., clinical mental health; clinical rehabilitation, and/or addictions recovery);

  • Demonstrate professional behaviors (including the ability to articulate a personal theory of counseling) and multicultural competent practice in clinical professional counseling settings (mental health, rehabilitation or addictions recovery);

  • Application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes of current ethical and legal issues that influence one's behavior as a counselor;

  • Promote multicultural competence in systemic clinical counseling practice.

Enrollment and Graduation Rates 2015 - 2019

Part-Time Students
Full Time Graduates

Average time to complete 60/63 credit Masters of Science Degree in Counselor Education:
Full time - 3 academic years
Part time - up to 6 years

Average tuition per year (As of 2019/2020)

In-state tuition
$ 12,356
Out of state tuition
$ 25,144 (full time)
  • Employment rates of program graduates (6 months post) - 100%

  • Employment setting for graduates - community mental health, rehabilitation, and addictions treatment and counseling agencies and programs, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, Veterans Administration, schools, correction programs, in-patient and outpatient behavioral health and rehabilitation programs, private insurance and case management, disability management, and private practice.

  • 60/63 credit program enables graduates to take the National Counselor (NCE) or National Mental Health Counselor (NCMHCE) Examinations required for Professional Counselor Licensure in the state of Connecticut. 60/63 credit program meets academic requirements for CT LPC and CT LADC.

  • 95% first-time pass rate on the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor exam (CRC) as compared to a national pass rate of 77%.

  • Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) pass rate of 95%.
  • National Counselor Examination (NCE) pass rate of 100%.