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Counseling Curriculum

The Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Specialties of the Counseling Program at WCU are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Both specialties are sixty (60) hours. CACREP establishes standards for core curriculum areas for all students and for field placement requirements. The 60 hours are as follows:

  • 39 credits of core courses
  • a three-semester-credit 150 hour practicum
  • a three-semester-credit 600 hour full-time internship
  • specific course requirements in each program area, totaling 15 additional credits

Coursework for incoming students typically begins in the fall.

Requirements in both programs include 39 hours in specified core coursework:

COUN 602 Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling
COUN 605 The Helping Relationship
COUN 610 Family Counseling
COUN 615 Cross-Cultural Counseling
COUN 617 Addictions Counseling or SOCW 520: Addictions
COUN 625 Developmental Perspectives in Counseling
COUN 630 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
COUN 633 Crisis Counseling
COUN 635 Group Methods in Counseling
COUN 640 Measurement and Appraisal in Counseling
COUN 650 Career Development
COUN 667 The DSM and Effective Treatment in Counseling
COUN 670 Research in Counseling or EDRS 602: Methods of Research

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty also requires:

COUN 623 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN 624 Grant Writing and Program Management
COUN 686 Practicum in Counseling, a 150 hour field placement in a community counseling setting
COUN 687 Internship in Counseling, a 600 hour field placement in a community counseling setting
9 additional credit hours of guided counseling electives

The School Counseling Specialty also requires:

COUN 660 School Counseling Program Development
COUN 665 Implementing School Counseling Programs
COUN 620 Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUN 645 Consultation and Collaboration
COUN 686 Practicum in Counseling, a 150 hour field placement in a school
COUN 687 Internship in Counseling, a 600 hour field placement in a school 
3 credit hours of a guided counseling elective 

The PRAXIS exam is also required by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for state licensure as a school counselor.


For more information about our course offerings, see the WCU Graduate Catalog.


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