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Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The main goal of Cleveland State University's Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is to prepare counselors for roles in community agencies. Graduates who successfully meet educational requirements are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE). After successfully passing the examination, graduates are awarded the Professional Counselor (PC) license until they have acquired two years of supervised experience in counseling, obtained after the award of the master's degree. After successful completion of this supervised experience and passing the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE), they are awarded the Professional Clinical Counselor license (PCC).

The program emphasizes a clinical orientation, focusing on theory and skills in counseling (individual, group, and family), assessment, human behavior and development, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, intervention methods, lifestyle and career development, legal and ethical responsibilities, and service-delivery systems.

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Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
    • Minimum 2.75 Undergraduate GPA
  • Two Letters of Recommendation 
  • MAT or GRE Score
  • For all programs that do not lead to a teaching license through the Ohio Department of Education, candidates must have a score at the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test or on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of Graduate Record Examination.

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester - July 21st
    • Spring Semester - December 10th
    • Summer Semester - April 14th


Program Requirements

  • EDB 601 - Educational Research
  • CNS 504 - Cultural & Social Foundations in Counseling
  • CNS 517 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • ALD 603 - Lifespan Development
  • CNS 620 - Laboratory in Counseling Techniques (first course to be taken after acceptance into the Counseling Program)
  • CNS 523 - Small Group Laboratory
  • CNS 622 - Individual Counseling: Theory & Process
  • CNS 529 - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • CNS 623 - Group Process and Practice
  • Note: Active involvement in a personal growth group is usually a required part of this course. 
  • CNS 505 - Appraisal Counseling
  • At least one of the following:
    • CNS 701 - Assessment for Counselors
    • CNS 702 - Individual Intelligence Testing
    • CNS 703 - Personality Assessment for Counselors
  • CNS 650 - Case Conceptualization and Treatment
  • CNS 712 - Theories of Personality & Counseling
  • CNS 706 - Psychopathology and Diagnosis for Counselors
  • CNS 524 - Career Development & Information Services
  • CNS 709 - Psychopharmacology for Counselors
  • CNS 680 - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum
  • CNS 686 - Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • CNS 687 - Advanced Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The remaining six credits are elective. Students pursuing PCC licensure in Ohio should fulfill these elective credits with courses from the clinical course-work offerings in counseling.

Did You Know?

Employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026.

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Career Outcomes

  • Graduates are prepared to take the National Counselor Examination, which will allow them to gain supervised counseling experience. 
  • Mental health counselors work in a wide variety of settings, including private practice, community health centers, prisons, hospitals, and more. 
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland State University, OhioGuidestone, Beech Brook, University Hospitals, and the MetroHealth System.