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Counseling Concentration

Applicants pursuing a concentration in counseling have two choices: Mental Health Counseling (below) or School Counseling. The prerequisite for pursuing this degree is 12 hours of psychology or psychology related courses that should include: general psychology, human development, statistics, and abnormal (or closely related). Candidates should plan a specified program with their graduate committees. If seeking a master's degree in counseling in either of these concentrations must request admission to candidacy before completing nine hours of graduate course work.

Total: 60-63

Mental Health Counseling Concentration

The mental health counseling concentration prepares students to work in a variety of community agency settings and/or eventual private practice. Students completing this concentration will have met the educational requirements for licensure in Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider status.

Two-Year Tentative Schedule

48 hours required core courses + 12-15 hours electives = 60-63 hours

Required Core (48-51 hours):

  • PSY 5000 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5080 Advanced Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5090 Social and Community Psychology (3)
  • PSY 5110 Lifespan Development (3)
  • PSY 5170 Practicum in Mental Health Counseling (6-9)
  • PSY 5190 Psychological Assessment (3)
  • PSY 5400 Theories of Counseling (3)
  • PSY 5410 Counseling Techniques (3)
  • PSY 5420 Advanced Counseling Techniques (3)
  • PSY 5430 Group Theories and Techniques (3)
  • PSY 5440 Diversity Issues in Counseling (3)
  • PSY 5600 Theories and Counseling in Career Development (3)
  • PSY 5720 Internship in Community Counseling (6)
  • PSY 6010 Professional Seminar-Counseling (3)

Electives Options (choose 12 hours minimum):

  • PSY 5010 Death, Dying, and Bereavement (3)
  • PSY 5040 Behavior Modification (3) 
  • PSY 5050 Applied Psychopharmacology (3)
  • PSY 5060 Group Dynamics (3)
  •  PSY 5320 Learning and Behavioral Disorders (3)
  • PSY 5990 Thesis (6)
  • PSY 5992 Couples and Family Counseling (3)
  • PSY 5993 Addiction Counseling (3)

Total: 60 - 63 Hours

*Successful completion of a comprehensive exam is also required.

For more information please contact the Coordinator for Mental Health Counseling (Dr.  Shunda L. Brown).