The counseling masters’ programs were designed to meet the current CACREP standards (Note: only the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling programs are CACREP accredited); the programs should meet or exceed requirements for licensure in most states where licensure or certification is available. However, not all of the counseling programs are license-eligible, and states have varying requirements for licensure and certification for each program.
Students seeking licensure or certification in their state should ensure that their program meets the necessary requirements. Additionally, students should check with their state licensure board throughout their programs for updates to program and field experience requirements for licensure or certification.
The field experience courses are typically 3 credits each. The School of Counseling offers a 5-credit version of each of the field experience courses for those students whose states might require this for licensure. There are two journal assignments required in the 5-credit courses that are not required in the 3-credit version of the course.
Check with your state board to see if you might need additional quarter credit hours of field experience, and if so, you can request the 5-credit version of one or more of the field experience courses in your Meditrek application.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with navigating your state's licensure requirements and contact the SOC-OFE if you have questions about enrollment in the 5-credit field experience courses.
Requests for verification of field experience hours for licensure can be submitted to the SOC-OFE for completion.
Such forms can be mailed to the SOC-OFE at the following address:
Attn: Director of Field Education—School of Counseling
100 Washington Avenue South, Suite 900
Minneapolis, MN 55401
A direct benefit of CACREP accreditation is that students in the master’s in counseling programs will be offered the opportunity to become an NCC by taking and to take the NCE while in the last few quarters of their program. Students in their internship may choose to review orientation materials that will take them through the application process and be scheduled to sit for either an October or April administration of the NCE at a public site near their home. This process offers the following benefits: