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Mission Statement

The mission of the Marshall University Counseling Program is to prepare aspiring Counselors to serve their communities and schools as ethical, competent, and culturally sensitive practitioners.

Program Overview

The Counseling Department is located in the College of Education and Professional Development, co-located on the Huntington and South Charleston campuses of Marshall University.

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Arts Degree in Counseling. We encourage you to review this site and contact us with any questions you have. In our 60-hour program, we prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to meet the challenges associated with entry into the field of Counseling as Professional Counselors.

Program graduates in the Clinical Mental Health Emphasis are eligible to apply for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential through the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling when they complete post-graduate supervision and pass the National Counselor Exam.

Program graduates in the School Counseling Emphasis are eligible to apply for both the LPC-WV license through the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling—when they complete post-graduate supervision and pass the National Counselor Exam, and the Pre-K—Adult School Counseling Certification through the West Virginia Department of Education upon graduation and by passing the PRAXIS II Professional School Counselor Examination (#5421).

In addition to these two major areas of emphasis, we offer a five-course Graduate Certificate Program in Violence, Loss and Trauma Counseling, currently the state’s only graduate level initiative providing a sequential, specialized professional development opportunity for mental health professionals focusing on traumatology and trauma-informed mental health counseling.

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The Clinical Mental Health Counseling emphasis and the School Counseling emphasis of Marshall University’s Counseling Program are both accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Marshall University is accredited as an institution of higher learning by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The College of Education and Professional Development and the School Counseling Emphasis area are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the West Virginia State Department of Education.

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Course Delivery

Campus-based Option

The Counseling Program is committed to reaching students across the state who are wanting to continue their graduate education. The Program is offered in a hybrid format with a mixture of live, face-to-face class meetings and online content delivery. Several courses in the program are delivered as fully online courses and several are taught with 3-5 class meetings over the course of the semester and the remaining content online.

Live classes are taught in the evening (4 pm or later) on both campuses, but may or may not be offered on both campuses each semester. The Schedule of Courses on the university web page will help you determine when and where those live meetings will be held.

When a student enters the clinical courses (COUN 607 Counseling Techniques, 608 Practicum, & 691/698 Internship) classes will meet a minimum of every two weeks to satisfy group supervision requirements. With a pressing need and satisfactory level of comfort with the technology, Program faculty members may be willing to offer a few of those meetings electronically via secure video-conferencing technology. Primarily this will be entertained when the weather prohibits travel, or time constraints make it difficult to travel great distances to get to class and still be able to meet the requirements of the field placement.

(NEW!) Distance Education Program Option

The Marshall University College of Education and Professional Development Counseling Program offers a Distance Education Program Option for students who want to complete a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling, with an emphasis in either Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling. The program is offered in a hybrid format, using a combination of synchronous (real-time video/virtual participation) courses and fully online asynchronous courses. Courses are offered on a semester schedule, Fall, Spring, and Summer. Please note that COUN 673 & COUN 630 are not offered during summer semesters.

Distance Education students are required to complete site-based clinical experiences for both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling Emphasis.  COUN 608 – Practicum (3 credit hours) requires a minimum of 100 site-based hours (40 direct & 60 indirect).  COUN 691 – Clinical Mental Health (6 credit hours) and COUN 698 – School (6 credit hours) require a minimum of 600 site-based hours (240 direct & 360 indirect). It is highly recommended that students complete the internship course over two semesters for 3 credit hours per semester. Students are required to obtain acceptable site-placements pending final approval of the Counseling Program Clinical Coordinator and course instructor. Guidelines for acceptable sites and additional Practicum and Internship information are outlined in the Practicum and Internship Handbook.

In addition, clinical courses COUN 604 – Group Counseling and Techniques, COUN 607 – Counseling Techniques, COUN 608 – Practicum, and COUN 691/698 – Internship meet by synchronous format (via Blackboard Collaborate, Supervision Assist, etc.) a minimum of every two weeks to satisfy professional instructional and supervision requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: The Marshall University Counseling Program Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Emphasis meets current academic requirements for students to apply for appropriate licensure through the WV Board of Examiners in Counseling or the WV Department of Education. Distant Education students should contact their state licensure agencies for information related to their state requirements.

For additional information on the Distance Education Counseling Program please contact:

Dr. Bob Rubenstein
Professor and Coordinator of Counseling Distance Education Program Option
College of Education and Professional Development
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive, Office 211
South Charleston, WV 25303
304-746-1953 or 1-800-642-9842, ext. 61953

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Admission Deadline

Applications for admission consideration are accepted at any time throughout the year.  For full details about the admission process, click here.

For the Campus-based application click this link and select GRADUATE/Master’s and Professional Applicants.

For Distance Education Admission Application click this link and select DISTANCE/Graduate & Undergraduate Applicants.


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Dr. Lori Ellison
Program Director
Counseling Program
South Charleston Campus, GC-232

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