Master of Education - Counseling & Human Development - 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.