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Master of Education in Counseling & Human Development



Mission Statement for the Counseling and Human Development Program

To support the mission of Lindsey Wilson College, the Counseling and Human Development program addresses the diverse academic and community needs of Appalachia and other underserved regions through dedication to academic excellence and professional integrity where students obtain a solid professional knowledge and clinical skills base.


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling and Human Development (CHD), with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling offers those planning to enter the field extensive knowledge and a broad range of skills required to provide effective counseling to diverse client populations. The degree does not lead to a Rank I change and is not approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board. The CHD program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP assists colleges and universities in implementing professional graduate-level preparation programs that reflect standards of excellence for counseling.

The CHD curriculum covers such areas as human growth and development, social and cultural foundations of mental health counseling, counseling theory and practice, psychopathology, group dynamics, lifestyle and career development, assessment, research methods, ethics and professional issues. Graduates from the program are well-prepared to work in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies, hospitals, residential treatment facilities, schools and private agencies.


Program Distinctions

The Counseling and Human Development program requires a minimum of sixty semester hours and is designed to meet the academic eligibility requirements for master's-level licensure in the states where it is offered.  Each state licensing board sets the standards for professional counselors to follow in applying, qualifying, and maintaining licensure as a counselor. This includes additional supervised post-master professional experience, a passing score on a licensing exam, and other requirements. For the states in which the program is currently offered (Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee) the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) credentialing exam is accepted as the licensing exam. Links to licensure-related resources can be found in the School of Professional Counseling Resource Center

The program is designed to meet the needs of working individuals by offering its courses in a convenient weekend-based format where instructors and students meet in the classroom face-to-face. The personal and professional attention reflects the faculty's commitment to student success. Students who successfully follow the normal program of study will complete their studies in two years or six consecutive semesters. Students attending in Columbia, KY, though, take evening classes and complete their coursework in five semesters.


Why choose Master of Education in Counseling & Human Development?

The Counseling and Human Development program is for people who enjoy helping and want to make a difference. Our graduates are committed to helping people achieve the most of their human potential so that they can experience the best of what life has to offer. Our program provides both the essential knowledge and skills to be a mental health professional.

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