The online format of CCU's M.A. Counseling program allows you to connect with instructors and fellow students around the world. You'll experience community in a personal way even though the platform is virtual.
The online Master's in Counseling degree program offered through CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies combines rigorous coursework, experiential learning, and mentoring relationships into a comprehensive graduate educational experience. What really sets our master's degree in counseling program apart, though, is the Christian framework that encompasses every aspect of the curriculum and promotes study of the whole person, including the spiritual dimension. You will be given the unique opportunity to explore the relationship between faith and psychology in a scriptural context.
As a graduate counseling student at CCU, your foundation will be built on a solid core of study in diverse areas such as group dynamics, psychopharmacology, counseling methods, intervention strategies, ethics, and professional development. You’ll explore theories of personality, marriage and family systems, developmental psychology, group therapy, and career development, all from the perspective of the Christian worldview. Your courses will also examine psychopathology, cross-cultural counseling principles, lifestyle counseling, and the concepts and techniques of hypothesis testing, research design and analysis as used in counseling research and program design.
All this comes together in an innovative capstone course focusing on an integration of psychology and theology, theory and application, as well as in your counseling practicum – an initial experience in providing direct service to clients in individual, family, and group formats.
The Master's in Counseling program will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become an influential and effective licensed professional counselor. Throughout the program, you will be challenged to apply what you learn in the classroom and on field experiences and use it to make an impact in your community, church, and family.
Upon completion of the master's in counseling program, graduates are prepared to take the National Counselor Exam, which is the licensure exam for the state of Colorado and many other states.
The online Master of Arts in Counseling degree program is a great match for the student interested in a Christian counseling degree.
The online environment that connects you with your instructors and fellow students around the world is interactive so you’ll never feel alone. Collaborating through group discussions, document sharing, and email, you’ll experience community in a personal way even though the platform is a virtual one.
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.
The curriculum is designed to allow you to tailor the program around your specific area of interest. You can choose courses in subjects such as empathy training, human sexuality, addictive behaviors, eating disorders, life disorders, and other fields of study.
This online program is perfect for adult students who are busy with work and family commitments. You can take classes when and where it’s convenient for you. Classes are taught by qualified professors who have extensive research backgrounds and clinical experience. Through hands-on field experiences, you will be challenged to explore how your personal faith impacts your profession as a counselor, and the people you will interact with throughout you life.
Participants in the Master of Arts in Counseling program may take as little as one class per semester or up to four classes a semester, allowing each individual to complete the program at his or her own pace. However, it is highly recommended that students advance through the program in the proscribed order and pace of the cohort for the best learning experience. Students must complete the program within six years.
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