Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies

Graduate Counseling

Counseling Programs

The Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies, launched in 1981, is committed to providing quality professional training of mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists from a faith-based perspective. Our training in theory and practice of counseling is designed for those seeking career opportunities in mental health agencies, hospital programs, private practices, church-related or faith-based counseling centers, and other public and private facilities. The department's mission and purpose is extended to students who are not able to attend a more traditional residential program through technologies appropriate to distance learning.

Degree Programs

Three CACREP Accredited Programs

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)Residential

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a residential program that prepares you for the Virginia requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). You will be equipped through our rigorous academic programs, interaction with mentors and faculty, and carefully structured practica and internships.

Marriage & Family Counseling (M.A.)Residential

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling is a residential program that prepares you for the Virginia requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Counselor (LMFT). You will be equipped through our rigorous academic programs, interaction with mentors and faculty, and carefully structured practica and internships.

School Counseling (M.Ed.) - Online

The Master of Education in School Counseling program is an online program that prepares you to be a school counselor in Christian, public and private schools. You will master counseling and psychology skills, focusing on ethics and techniques, ethnicity and family counseling and career guidance. Courses provide specialized preparation for individuals seeking credentials for a K-12 school position or those with a desire to further their education and pursue either an Ed.S. or Ed.D.

Additional Master's Degrees

  • Professional Counseling (M.A.) - Online
  • Marriage & Family Therapy (M.A.) - Online
  • Addiction Counseling (M.A.) - Online

Doctoral Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - Online

Program Handbooks

Licensure Information

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