Counseling MEd, Clinical Mental Health Emphasis


In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, applicants to the M.Ed. must complete the program supplemental application, have two completed references on file, have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and upon admission will take CNS ED 6010, Theories of Counseling, in their first semester. Admissions will be conducted twice a year. The deadlines for application are March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

Since it is the objective of the counseling faculty to identify students with low potential for competent practice as early as possible and to initiate the necessary procedures for dealing with such students, faculty of the counseling program reserve the right to review students at any stage of their coursework. A U (Unsatisfactory) in any clinical course or any grade less than a B- in these core counseling courses will automatically trigger a review process by the Counseling Review Board.

Theories of Counseling
Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling
Helping-Relationship Skills
School Counseling Practicum
School Counseling Field Experience
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum I
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience

The Counseling Review Board process, however initiated, may result in the termination of the student’s degree program or other required or recommended remedies to address deficiencies judged by the Counseling Review Board as related to the skills that are essential to the development of competent and ethical practices as a professional counselor.

Students admitted to the M.Ed. degree programs in counseling as “restricted graduate students” (see the “graduate study” rules in this Bulletin) must attain a 3.0 GPA in the 12 hours of course work at UMSL. Restricted students must include the following courses in the first 12 hours of coursework: CNS ED 6010: Theories of Counseling and CNS ED 6020: Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling. A student on restricted status earning any grade less than a B- in either of these courses but still maintaining a 3.0 GPA, will be allowed to repeat the course one time and must earn a grade of B- or better to be fully admitted. 

Master of Education: Emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The clinical mental health counseling emphasis prepares professionals for work in community settings, universities, and businesses. Graduates are eligible for the Missouri Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor credentials.

Core Curriculum (CNS ED)

CNS ED 6010Theories of Counseling3
CNS ED 6020Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling3
CNS ED 6030Foundations for Multicultural Counseling3
CNS ED 6040Group Procedures in Counseling3
CNS ED 6050Individual Inventory3
CNS ED 6060Helping-Relationship Skills *3
CNS ED 6070Psychopathology and Diagnosis3
CNS ED 6300Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
CNS ED 6370Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum I3
CNS ED 6380Clinical Mental Health Counseling Field Experience6
CNS ED 6400Career Information and Development3
CNS ED 6500Introduction to Systems Theory for Couples and Family Counseling3
CNS ED 6700Introduction to Addictive Behaviors and Addiction Counseling3
One course from the advanced multicultural cognate which includes:3
Integrating Religion and Spirituality in Counseling
Counseling Women Toward Empowerment
Counseling African American Clients
Counseling Sexual and Gender Minorities
Social Class and Poverty Issues In Counseling
Human Sexuality in Counseling
Psychological Foundations and Human Development
The following course is required:
ED PSY 6210Life-Span: Individual and Family Development3
Educational Research and Evaluation Methods
The following course is required:
ED REM 6710Educational Research Methods and Design3
Electives and Area of Specialization9
Electives and coursework in an area of specialization should be selected in consultation with the adviser. Areas of specialization are not required but may be chosen. They include career counseling, addictions/substance abuse counseling, child and adolescent counseling, couples and family counseling, and others.
Comprehensive Examination (Capstone Experience) 1
Total Hours60

Learning Outcomes

The Master of Education in Counseling programs prepare professionals to work in educational settings - elementary, middle, or high schools - as school counselors or in clinical settings - clinics, community mental health centers, or private practice - as clinical mental health counselors. Counselors have professional preparation in the theory and practice of counseling, treatment planning, and career development.

The candidate learning outcomes of the school and clinical mental health counseling programs are to:

Be prepared to function effectively and ethically as counselors in a variety of professional settings which includes school, community, and clinical mental health settings.

  1. Be self-aware and sensitive to their clients as people who exist in the context of different cultures and races and people who are potentially at risk.

  2. Be able to flexibly and skillfully construct and apply theory and techniques to fit the changing needs of clients both individually and in groups, within school, community, and/or clinical mental health settings.

  3. Be proficient with the understanding and human relations skills necessary to consult as part of a team effort, within a school, community, and/or mental health setting.

  4. Be prepared to help individuals meet developmental concerns and needs both individually and in a variety of developmental group programs, within a school, community, or clinical mental health setting.

  5. Be knowledgeable about career development and the use of appraisal instruments and test interpretation and their impact on individual planning.

  6. Be knowledgeable about research methods and research literature.

  7. Value developing professional expertise as a lifelong process.