The Mary Wayte Scholarship is available for international students and preference is given to those applicants from the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The Dan Saddler Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has completed at least 18 hours in the program and has been actively involved in the program and in community activities. Preference is given to part-time students.
Classes & Scheduling
The majority of counseling classes during the academic year are taught in three-hour blocks in the evening from 5:00 to 7:50 p.m. on either the WCU campus, Cullowhee, or at the WCU Programs at Biltmore Park, Asheville. Day classes are available as space allows. All students are required to commute to both the WCU and Biltmore Park campuses for classes. All full-time faculty teach in both locations.
Summer school classes will be required for all students to complete the program; these classes are taught either on the WCU campus, Cullowhee, or WCU Programs at Biltmore Park, Asheville.
Transfer of Credit
A limit of six hours of graduate credit can be transferred into the program with the approval of the student’s advisor. Previous coursework taken to complete an earlier master’s degree cannot be transferred.
Practicum experience requires a minimum of 8-10 hours weekly at a mental health or school site for one semester. Practicum placements are made for fall and spring semesters only. Practicum includes one hour of individual supervision per week on campus and three hours of group supervision which meets every other week on campus. Practicum is a 3-hour course. Students apply for practicum the semester prior to enrollment. Approval for admission into practicum and the practicum placement itself are made by the faculty. Practicum placement contacts are initiated by the field placement coordinator. Professional liability insurance is required for all students enrolled in practicum.
The Internship experience requires 40 hours weekly (full-time placement) at a mental health or school site for one semester. Internship placements are made for fall and spring semesters only. An hour of weekly individual supervision is provided by the site. Group supervision is conducted weekly on campus for three hours at night. Internship is a 3-hour course. Students apply for internship the semester prior to enrollment. Approval for admission into internship and the internship placement itself are made by the faculty. Internship placement contacts are initiated by the field placement coordinator. Typically, internship is an unpaid experience. Professional liability insurance is required for all students enrolled in internship.
Full-time students in both programs complete the required 60 hours in a minimum of two academic years including summers. Students who plan to complete the program in two academic years will need to be enrolled in 12 hours per semester.
Part-time students (those enrolled in 3 or 6 hours per semester) typically complete the program in 4 years. Part-time students are required to enroll in summer school classes and are strongly encouraged to enroll in 6 hours per academic semester.