The Counseling and Career Development (CCD) program prepares professional counselors following the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards so that graduates are able to help people of all ages develop the self-awareness, exploration, decision making, and self-advocacy skills needed to live effective lives within a pluralistic society. Graduates of the CCD program receive a world-class education through relevant, interpersonal, and technology-rich learning experiences. The CCD program offers three specializations: career counseling, clinical mental health counseling, and school counseling. All graduates of the CCD program complete a 48 credit hour core curriculum, a 12 credit hour specialization curriculum, a 100 hour clinical practicum, and a 600 hour internship in the appropriate setting for their specialization. Pursuit of dual specializations includes completion of specific curriculum in both specializations as well as two complete 600 hour internships, one in each specialization. Upon graduation, all students are licensure eligible.

Graduates of the Career Counseling Specialization are uniquely educated and trained to go beyond traditional career interventions of career education and career guidance, and engage in career counseling. In partnering with individuals to live a life of meaning and mattering as defined by the individual, career counselors are able to utilize their counseling knowledge and skills to engage in reflexive dialogues to address individuals' unique cultures, contexts, needs, desires, values, concerns, and barriers that may arise during any of the three previously mentioned career interventions. 

In line with the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization are prepared to enter a distinct profession with national standards for education, training and clinical practice. Clinical mental health counselors are highly-skilled professionals who provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution (AMHCA). Clinical Mental Health Counselors typically work from a holistic approach in providing counseling services in different health settings such as inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, residential facilities, hospice care centers, or private practice.

Graduates of the School Counseling Specialization are prepared to serve as professional school counselors in K-12 educational settings. Professional school counselors work to meet the academic, social-emotional, and career needs of all students through individual, group, and classroom delivery modalities. Through advocacy, collaboration, and leadership, school counseling graduates serve as systemic change agents striving to ensure equitable educational access by engaging in data-informed practice, reducing multi-level barriers, and promoting culturally sensitive decision-making.

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