Florida State’s Mental Health Counseling program consists of five full semesters of academic coursework, practica, and internship. Upon completing the 63-credit hour program, you will earn both a master’s (M.S.) and a specialist (Ed.S.) degree.
During the program, you will practice in a variety of settings. The Mental Health Counseling program has connections with a number of organizations. These allow you to gain hands-on experience in settings like:
Our mental health counseling program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Upon graduation, you will be eligible for licensure in Florida and other states as a mental health counselor.
In order to meet minimum University and departmental admission requirements, an applicant must have:
Verbal: 145 or above
Analytical: 3.5 or above
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:
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.
COUNSELOR EDUCATION MISSION AND OBJECTIVES
The Counselor Education degree program’s mission is to provide high quality training that reflects current research and prepare professional counselors for positions in public and private settings within a multicultural and pluralistic world. The curriculum for M.S./Ed.S. counseling majors will lead to eligibility for certification and licensure as professional counselors. Professional counselors promote the social, psychological, physical, and spiritual health of individuals, families, communities, and organizations. The PCS Counselor Education program provides students with the opportunity to obtain a wealth of common core generalist counselor knowledge, while specializing in Career Counseling or Mental Health Counseling. The mission is achieved through the following objectives, which are based on input from faculty, students, alumni, supervisors and employers:
A. To provide a quality education to persons pursuing Master of Science (M.S.)/Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees in Counselor Education, while specializing in Career Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
B. To provide M.S./Ed.S.-level graduate students with quality clinical training and understanding of professional issues in the areas of career counseling, clinical mental health counseling, general counseling, and case management.
C. To prepare M.S./Ed.S.-level graduate students with knowledge and skills in providing effective individual and group counseling in a multitude of settings.
D. To provide students with skill and knowledge in conducting needs assessment and research in the field of counseling.
E. To prepare M.S./Ed.S.-level graduate students with knowledge and skill in effectively addressing issues and concerns related to diverse populations.
F. To provide skill and knowledge in the application of ethical and legal principles in the practice of counseling.
The counselor education program evaluates our achievement of these efforts through the use of our Comprehensive Assessment Plan (CAP), and feedback from students, graduates, alumni (2 years post graduation), supervisors, and employers. These reports and the CAP are available below.
INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
INFORMATION FOR SITE SUPERVISORS
Dr. Shengli Dong, Coordinator of Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling Program.