If you are interested in becoming a counselor or would like to further your counseling career by obtaining an advanced degree, Colorado Christian University has counseling degrees, including a Master’s Degree in Counseling (M.A.) offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. This degree requires sixty credit hours, and coursework can be completed in about two and a half years of rigorous study. CCU’s M.A. in Counseling is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This degree program prepares students for the National Counselor Exam, and classes are typically completed in 7-week blocks. Related programs that often lead students to pursue advanced counseling degrees are the Associate of Science in Psychology degree and the Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree.
Let’s take a look at the programs associated with the counseling degrees at CCU:
The A.S. in Psychology is a two-year program that provides an introduction to the field of psychology. Interpersonal relationships are studied, and you will explore human behavior as it relates to group interaction, cultural impacts, prejudice and stereotyping. As with all degree programs at CCU, courses are taught from a Christian worldview, an integration of faith and academic studies fostering critical and creative thinking. This degree program requires 60 credit hours, 45 of which may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. Even with no prior coursework, this degree is usually completed in less than two years. Upon completion of this degree, you will be prepared for entry-level positions such as a mental health case worker, counselor’s aide, working with the elderly and working with those with disabilities. All of these positions are extremely rewarding and will provide you with a great deal of valuable hands-on experience that will benefit you as you further your education and career.
If you graduate with a bachelor’s in Psychology, you can apply for admissions into the master’s program for counseling. There are many benefits to an online degree for busy adults who have career and family responsibilities. Students take only one course at a time, and classes meet one night a week for five weeks. Coursework can be done online, and instructors work with you to help you complete your assignments based on your schedule. Additionally, small class sizes are a huge advantage because students are afforded more time with the instructors and instructors are able to better get to know their students. The B.S. in Psychology includes these focus areas:
- Social Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Environmental Psychology
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Research Methodology
- Integration of Psychology and Theology
Graduates of this degree program will have a solid foundation in areas like group dynamics, counseling methods, psychopharmacology, ethics, professional development and intervention strategies. Theories of marriage, family, personality will be studied, and everything will be taught from a Christian worldview.
Please read the Master of Arts in Counseling Admission Requirements and contact your CCU Enrollment Counselor for help and to answer questions you may have.