• Master of Arts in Counseling Curriculum

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    The Master of Arts in Counseling program offered through CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies provides a strong clinical counseling background within a Christian framework that promotes study of the whole person, including the spiritual dimension. Integrating faith, clinical experience, and current counseling theory into a comprehensive educational experience equips students to be effective counselors in a variety of settings.

    The counseling program consists of 60 credits, that include Bible and Theology, as well as elective credits. In order to meet the needs of working adults and those with family commitments, the program is offered in an in-seat format and an online format. The program is designed to be completed in two and a half years. However, students with extenuating circumstances may petition for an adjusted course progression.

    The curriculum includes all coursework needed to prepare for licensure in the state of Colorado. Students are equipped to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE), which is the licensing exam in Colorado and many other states. Graduates of the program are academically prepared to become licensed professional counselors, and begin the process of pursuing state licensure. State licensure requirements vary from state to state. Students should research their individual state licensure requirements.

    CCU’s Master of Arts in Counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Programs accredited by CACREP are reviewed against professionally approved standards, resulting in a streamlined licensure application process.

    Courses Integrate Counseling, Faith, and Practice

    Through curriculum that integrates a Christian worldview, CCU’s Master of Arts in Counseling degree inspires intellectual, spiritual, and professional growth.

    The in-seat Master of Arts in Counseling degree requires completion of the following 60 hours:
    • Counseling Core (41 hours)
    • Bible and Theology (4 hours)
    • Practicum/Internship (9 hours)
    • Electives (6 hours)
    The online Master of Arts in Counseling degree requires completion of the following 60 hours:
    • Counseling Core (39 hours)
    • Bible and Theology (4 hours)
    • Practicum/Internship (9 hours)
    • Residency (4 hours)
    • Electives (4 hours)
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