MEd: Counseling /
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Education in Counseling, emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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This degree leads to eligibility for credentials to be a mental health professional in clinical and private practice settings. Students also have the option of taking coursework to meet requirements for school counseling certification (to work also in public or private schools).

Strengthen Mental and Emotional Health and Well-Being

Thank you for your interest in the University of Missouri—St. Louis (UMSL) Counseling Program and the Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC). The counseling faculty members are committed to training multiculturally-competent clinical mental health counselors to serve clients in urban environments. The counseling program offers two emphasis areas with the CMHC degree program.

The traditional clinical mental health degree allows students to choose electives in an area of interest, such as couples and family counseling, addictions, career counseling, multicultural counseling, play therapy, and others while pursuing a rigorous course of study in clinical mental health counseling. The CMHC degree “school counseling certification option” provides opportunities for graduates to work in either elementary or secondary schools as certified school counselors (certified by the State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education), and to work in non-school clinical settings on matters that are general mental health related.

The traditional Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree prepares students for work in a variety of community settings such as mental health clinics, community agencies, counseling centers, colleges, universities, and businesses, and for jobs as addictions counselors, career counselors, couples and family counselors, mental health counselors, child and adolescent counselors, and many others. The school certification option adds public and private schools to the list of potential employers.

The University of Missouri—St. Louis counseling programs are accredited by the highest national counseling accrediting organization (the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs); this advanced professional accreditation ensures that a degree from the program will be recognized nationally for employment and credentialing. Counseling degree program graduates have outstanding records of achieving counseling credentials, including a very high pass rate on the Missouri State counselor licensure examination. Also, counseling faculty members, as a group, are highly ranked nationally on objective measures of productivity, typically within the top 10 programs in the nation, and recently within the top 5 programs. Program faculty members take pride in providing a recognized and valuable education.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, 20 students graduated from the CMHC program. About 95% of our students who start the program complete the program. Most graduates (about 98%) pass the licensure exam and about 95% are employed in the field.

Master of Education (MEd)

Program Coordinator:

Rocco Cottone

469 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-6094

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - May 1
Spring - October 1
Missouri Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
All Counseling degrees fulfill requirements for the State of Missouri for Licensure. After students graduate, they are eligible to apply to the Committee for Professional Counselors [in Missouri], complete supervision hours, and pass the NCE [National Counselor Exam] to obtain state licensure.
National Certified Counselor [NCC] Credential
Upon completion of hours requirements, students are eligible to apply for the NCC Credential. As a part of this application, students can apply to take the NCE [National Counselor Exam, also used for state licensure in Missouri] at a reduced rate, while still enrolled in coursework. After completion of supervision hours and conferral of degree, the NCC Credential is obtained.

Master of Education: Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The clinical mental health counseling emphasis allows flexibility for developing programs appropriate to particular nonschool settings. Students must have their adviser's approval before taking other than required courses.

Core Curriculum (CNS ED)

The courses listed below meet the course work requirements for the M. Ed. Degree and the license to practice as a professional counselor:

CNS ED 6000Personal and Professional Development in Counseling3
CNS ED 6010Theories of Counseling3
CNS ED 6020Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling3
CNS ED 6030Foundations for Multicultural Counseling3
CNS ED 6040Group Procedures in Counseling3
CNS ED 6050Individual Inventory3
CNS ED 6070Psychopathology & Diagnosis3
CNS ED 6300Foundations Of Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
CNS ED 6370Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum I3
CNS ED 6380Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience6
CNS ED 6400Career Information and Development3
CNS ED 6500Introduction to Systems Theory for Couples and Family Counseling3
CNS ED 6700Introduction To Addictive Behaviors And Addiction Counseling3
One course from the advanced multicultural cognate which includes:3
CNS ED 6810
Integrating Religion And Spirituality In Counseling
CNS ED 6820
Counseling Women Toward Empowerment
CNS ED 6830
Counseling African American Clients
CNS ED 6840
Counseling Sexual Minorities
CNS ED 6850
Social Class and Poverty Issues In Counseling
CNS ED 6860
Human Sexuality in Counseling
Psychological Foundations and Human Development
The following course is required:
ED PSY 6210Life-Span: Individual and Family Development3
Educational Research and Evaluation Methods
The following course is required:
ED REM 6710Educational Research Methods and Design3
Electives and Area of Specialization9
Coursework in the area of specialization is to be selected in consultation with the adviser. Although not mandatory, areas of specialization may include career counseling, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, addictions/substance abuse counseling, child and adolescent counseling, couples and family counseling, and others.
Comprehensive Examination (Capstone Experience) 1
Total Hours60

 Please consult with the Department office for requirements and dates of this examination.

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Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D.

Susan Kashubeck-West, Ph.D., received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and women’s studies from the University of Michigan, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the UMSL faculty in 2001, she taught psychology at Drake University...
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R. Rocco Cottone, Ph.D.

Professor Cottone received an A.B. degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.Ed. from the same institution. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from St. Louis University in 1980. He is certified as a family therapist by the NACFT.
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Emily Oliveira, Ed.S.

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Mark Pope, Ed.D.
Curators' Distinguished Professor

Mark Pope, Ed.D. received his A.B. (Political Science and Sociology) and M.Ed. (Counseling and Personnel Services) from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Ed.D. (Counseling and Educational Psychology) from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Pope is a National Certified Counselor, Master C...