CURRENTLY IN PURSUIT OF CACREP ACCREDITATION
Austin Peay State University's (APSU), Counseling Graduate Program is committed to excellence and is currently pursuing accreditation through the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation will provide recognition that the content and quality of APSU's Counseling Graduate Program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. The self-study portion is completed and the application will be submitted by the end of 2017. All students who graduate within 18-months of the program receiving accreditation will be grandfathered and will be considered to have graduated from a CACREP accredited program.
The mission of the Master’s Program in Counseling is to provide both academic and clinical training that will prepare students to be highly effective professional counselors. Our goal is to influence students to be life-long learners who are sensitive to and appreciative of the developmental needs of individuals and groups in the context of a rapidly changing multicultural society. Students completing the school counseling concentration are eligible for Tennessee certification as school counselors pending their passing of the Praxis Exam. Students completing the mental health counseling concentration will have met the educational requirements for licensure in Tennessee as Licensed Professional Counselors with the Mental Health Service Provider designation.
Values and Diversity
Respect for diversity and for values different from one's own is a central value of the M.S. in Counseling program at Austin Peay State University. The program faculty are particularly committed to educating students who are dedicated to reducing disparities in society based on race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and other social group membership. The valuing of diversity is also consistent with the counseling profession as mandated by the American Counselor Association's Code of Ethics (2014). Students enrolled in the M.S. in Counseling program demonstrate these values. Please read our Values Statement addressing diversity in its entirety.
I like the genuine and positive support from professors and students in this program
I like this program because I’m learning to not only help others, but to help myself. Self-care is something I did not expect to learn so much about.
I like the kindness and patience of the people who make the program. The professors and fellow students are all wonderful people whom I did not think I would become so attached to when I applied, but here I am in the midst of them.
The most surprising thing is your connections you build with your cohort. I can honestly say I’m walking away with friends for life.
What Will I Learn?
The Master of Art (MA) Degree in Counseling includes two possible concentrations: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration curriculum requirements include a minimum of 60-hours of coursework, a 100-hour practicum experience, 600-hour internship, and a comprehensive examination. 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.
The School Counseling concentration curriculum requirements include a minimum of 51-hours of coursework, a 120-hour practicum experience, 600-hour internship, and a comprehensive examination. Students completing this concentration will have met the current licensing requirements for the Tennessee Board of Education.
All master's degree students complete a 30-hour core curriculum that prepares counselors for professional practice in all settings. The core course work in the master's program covers a range of counseling and human development issues including approaches to individual and group counseling; ethical and professional issues in counseling; fundamentals of the counseling profession; counseling ethics; measurement and evaluation in counseling; lifespan and career development; research in counseling; and social and cultural issues. All students also complete
In addition to the core coursework, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration requires 4 concentration specific courses, at least 3 electives, as well as a 100-hour practicum experience and 600-hour internship in a setting appropriate for this specialization. For a complete listing of requirements, visit the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration page.
In addition to the core coursework, the School Counseling concentration requires 3 concentration specific courses, at least 1 elective, as well as a 120-hour practicum experience and 600-hour internship in a setting appropriate for this specialization. Students entering the program without prior teaching experience will be required to take two education courses as electives. For a complete listing of requirements, visit the School Counseling concentration page.