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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 CMHC 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 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 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; CACREP); this 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. Program faculty members take pride in providing a recognized and valuable education.

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 30 students graduated from the clinical mental health counseling program. About 90% of our students who start the program complete it. Most graduates (about 95%) pass the licensing exam and about 93% are employed in the field.

Master of Education (MEd)

Program Coordinator:

Susan Kashubeck-West

455 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-6091

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - March 1
Spring - October 1


Slide 1 December graduate Yuima Mizutani explores what ‘home’ means to third culture kids
Yuima Mizutani has gone on to work in the counseling center at another local university. In her position, she’s advocated for the mental health needs of international students, third culture kids, immigrants and refugees.sertation focused on how third culture kids from Asian countries with Confucian traditions develop a sense of belonging in college. (Photo by August Jennewein)


In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, applicants to the M.Ed. must complete the program supplemental application, have two completed references on file, have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and upon admission will take CNS ED 6010, Theories of Counseling, in their first semester. Admissions will be conducted twice a year. The deadlines for application are March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

Since it is the objective of the counseling faculty to identify students with low potential for competent practice as early as possible and to initiate the necessary procedures for dealing with such students, faculty of the counseling program reserve the right to review students at any stage of their coursework. A U (Unsatisfactory) in any clinical course or any grade less than a B- in these core counseling courses will automatically trigger a review process by the Counseling Review Board.

CNS ED 6010
Theories of Counseling
CNS ED 6020
Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling
CNS ED 6060
Helping-Relationship Skills
CNS ED 6270
School Counseling Practicum
CNS ED 6280
School Counseling Field Experience
CNS ED 6370
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum I
CNS ED 6380
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience

The Counseling Review Board process, however initiated, may result in the termination of the student’s degree program or other required or recommended remedies to address deficiencies judged by the Counseling Review Board as related to the skills that are essential to the development of competent and ethical practices as a professional counselor.

Students admitted to the M.Ed. degree programs in counseling as “restricted graduate students” (see the “graduate study” rules in this Bulletin) must attain a 3.0 GPA in the 12 hours of course work at UMSL. Restricted students must include the following courses in the first 12 hours of coursework: CNS ED 6010: Theories of Counseling and CNS ED 6020: Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling. A student on restricted status earning any grade less than a B- in either of these courses but still maintaining a 3.0 GPA, will be allowed to repeat the course one time and must earn a grade of B- or better to be fully admitted. 

Master of Education: Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The clinical mental health counseling emphasis prepares professionals for work in community settings, universities, and businesses. Graduates are eligible for the Missouri Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor credentials.

Core Curriculum (CNS ED)

CNS ED 60103
CNS ED 60203
CNS ED 60303
CNS ED 60403
CNS ED 60503
CNS ED 6060 *undefined
CNS ED 60703
CNS ED 63003
CNS ED 63703
CNS ED 63806
CNS ED 64003
CNS ED 65003
CNS ED 67003
One course from the advanced multicultural cognate which includes:3
CNS ED 6810
CNS ED 6820
CNS ED 6830
CNS ED 6840
CNS ED 6850
CNS ED 6860
Psychological Foundations and Human Development
The following course is required:
ED PSY 62103
Educational Research and Evaluation Methods
The following course is required:
ED REM 67103
Electives and Area of Specialization9
Electives and coursework in an area of specialization should be selected in consultation with the adviser. Areas of specialization are not required but may be chosen. They include career counseling, addictions/substance abuse counseling, child and adolescent counseling, couples and family counseling, and others.
Comprehensive Examination (Capstone Experience) 1
Total Hours60
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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 (89-93) and Texas Tech University (93-01). She is a licensed psychologist ...
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R. Rocco Cottone, Ph.D.
Distinguished Research Professor

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, Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor

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