Master’s Degree Programs

The Counselor Education Program offers two master’s degrees: Counselor Education with tracks in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling and Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy.

Counselor Education

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts (MA) in Counselor Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track, is designed to educate and prepare individuals interested in working as mental health counselors in community mental health settings, institutions, hospitals, schools and private practice. Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), the program meets all requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Medical Quality Assurance for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor. This program emphasizes the blending of research and theory with practical applied experience. It also emphasizes and reflects the urban and multicultural nature of our community, as well as general trends within specified counseling fields. The program involves intensive fieldwork both in the Community Counseling and Research Center as well is in the surrounding community.

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Graduates of the Mental Health MA program who wish to practice in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact cciegrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

School Counseling

The Counselor Education Program offers students two degree options for School Counseling: Masters of Arts and Masters of Education.

The Master of Arts (MA) in Counselor Education, School Counseling track is designed for those students who have a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than education who plan to seek certification as a professional school counselor in pre-K through postsecondary school settings. Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), the School Counseling track is a state approved initial teacher preparation program that meets all requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Education for certification as a Guidance Counselor.

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The Counselor Education-School Counseling MA program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Guidance and Counseling (PK-12)
in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program, who have passed all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact cciegrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

The Master of Education (MEd) in Counselor Education, School Counseling track is designed for those students who are certified educators (and/or those who completed their bachelor’s degree in education) who plan to seek certification as a professional school counselor in pre-K through postsecondary school settings. Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), the School Counseling track is a state approved initial teacher preparation program that meets all requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Education for certification as a Guidance Counselor.

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The Counselor Education-School Counseling M.Ed. program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Guidance and Counseling (PK-12) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program, who have passed all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact cciegrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy

The Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy Master of Arts (MA) program prepares students for licensure in marriage and family therapy and practice in agencies, private practice and other settings. Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), the program meets all requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Medical Quality Assurance for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. This program emphasizes the blending of research and theory with practical applied experience. It also emphasizes and reflects the urban and multicultural nature of our community, as well as general trends within specified counseling fields. The program involves intensive fieldwork both in the Community Counseling and Research Center as well is in the surrounding community.

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Graduates of the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy MA program who wish to practice in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact cciegrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Specialist in Education

School Counseling (Counselor Education, EdS)

The Specialist in Education (EdS) in Counselor Education, School Counseling track is designed for those students who are certified educators, who have their master’s degree in education, and who plan to seek certification as a professional school counselor in pre-K through postsecondary school settings. The School Counseling EdS track meets all requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Education for certification as a Guidance Counselor.

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The Counselor Education-School Counseling EdS program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Guidance and Counseling (PK-12)
in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program, who have passed all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact cciegrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Doctor of Philosophy

Counselor Education (Education, PhD)

The Counselor Education track in the Education PhD program is designed for those students who wish to pursue careers as counselor educators at the university level and/or to serve as supervisors in schools and/or agencies. Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), the program offers both advanced curricular experiences in counseling as well as courses designed to examine the fundamental issues and theory of teaching adults in higher education, research, supervision, and consultation. The doctoral program prepares professionals to become leaders in research, teaching, supervision, and counseling. Nationally recognized faculty work closely with students to offer mentorship and supervision in each of these areas.

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Graduate Certificates

The Counselor Education program offers three graduate certificate programs, which are designed to provide advanced training to both students in the Counselor Education program and for practicing clinicians in the community.

Career Counseling

The Career Counseling certificate is designed to provide advanced training to students and practicing counselors who want to provide career counseling and consultation services. The Career Certificate requires the completion of three graduate courses addressing foundations, theories, assessment, techniques and applications of career counseling and development.

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Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy

The Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy certificate is designed to provide advanced training to students (those in the Counselor Education program and the School of Social Work) and practicing counselors and therapists who want to provide services to families, couples and children. The program is composed of five graduate courses addressing family systems, working with couples and family therapy theories, and advanced counseling techniques. Those who complete the certificate will meet the educational requirements for Florida Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

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Play Therapy

The Play Therapy certificate is designed to provide advanced training to students and practicing counselors who want to provide play therapy services to clients. The Play Therapy certificate requires the completion of four graduate courses addressing foundations, advanced theories, group and family, and applications of play therapy. Those who complete the certificate will meet the educational requirements for national certification in play therapy through the Association for Play Therapy (APT).

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Undergraduate Minor

Human Services

The Human Services minor is intended to provide undergraduate students with an introduction to the human services profession and help them to develop the skills and knowledge associated with the field. The minor requires the completion of six undergraduate courses (five core courses in the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education and one elective) that address topics such as communication; counseling and helping skills; knowledge of human services theory; and impacts of race, gender, ethnicity, family, spirituality, government, education, and social systems on the delivery of human services. The minor provides a good introduction to the graduate counseling degrees offered in the Counselor Education program.

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