Florida State’s Mental Health Counseling program is a 69-credit hour program that consists of five full semesters of academic coursework, practica, and internship. You will practice in a variety of settings, including independent practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, hospitals, the military, hospice care, employee assistance programs, student counseling centers, prisons, and substance abuse centers. The program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and you will be eligible for licensure in Florida and other states as mental health counselors upon graduation.
In order to meet minimum University and departmental admission requirements, an applicant must have:
TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
IELTS – 6.5
MELAB – 77
Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062400
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
For this program, the following supporting documents must be to the Admissions Application Portal:
Curriculum and Sequencing of Courses – Clinical Mental Health Counseling
|MHS 5400||Introduction to Counseling Theories and Techniques||4|
|MHS 5060||Psychosocial and Multicultural Aspects of Counseling||3|
|MHS 5007||Foundations of Mental Health Counseling||3|
|MHS 6450||Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling||3|
|CLP 6169||Adult Development and Psychopathology||3|
|RCS 5250||Assessment in Counseling and Rehabilitation||3|
|MHS 5511||Group Counseling||3|
|MHS 6938||Trauma and Crisis Counseling||3|
|Elective (can be taken here or in Summer 1)||3|
An elective can be taken this semester or Summer 1.
|MHS 6600||Consultation and Organizational Development||3|
|MHS 5801||Practicum in Counseling||4|
|RCS 5080||Medical Aspects of Disability||3|
|MHS 5340||Foundations of Career Development||4|
|SOW 5153||Human Sexuality||3|
|MHS 6938||Family Counseling||3|
|SDS 5820||Mental Health Counseling Internship||6|
|PCO 5095||Computer Applic. in Counseling Psy. & Other Human Services||3|
|EDF 5481||Methods of Educational Research||3|
|DEP 5056||Life Span Development||3|
1000 hours for internship can include practicum, field experience, and internship hours. 400 hours of the internship must involve direct client contact. Students must submit supervision logs for practicum, internship, and field experience.
MHS 5080 Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of Disability may be used to meet this requirement.
See Scholarships & Aid.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists is expected to grow 37 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is much faster than average. This expected growth will see as many as 58,500 new jobs in the field. On average, mental health counselors make $39,710 annually.