Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Recommended Course Sequencing

Recommended Sequences of Courses: The CACREP Task Force has developed nine recommended sequences of courses, depending on whether the student starts during the fall, spring, or summer semester, and whether the student plans to complete the program in two, two-and-a-half, or three years of study. These recommended sequences have been carefully constructed, are designed for full- and part-time students, and are available below in PDF format. Students are strongly discouraged from diverging from the sequence they select to ensure that all prerequisites are met and that graduation plans are not unnecessarily delayed.

Overview of the Clinical Training Sequence: All students in the CMHC Master’s Degree Program are required to complete the four-course Counselor Clinical Training sequence. The courses comprising this sequence include the following:

  • COUN 5423: Counseling Pre-Practicum
  • COUN 5543: Counseling Practicum
  • COUN 5923: Counseling Internship I
  • COUN 5933: Counseling Internship II

These courses, offered only during fall and spring semesters, must be taken in sequence; and, students must earn a letter grade of a “B” or higher in each to progress to the next level. Also, students must earn a grade of a “B” or higher in the final course in order to receive approval for graduation clearance.

This sequence has been carefully orchestrated to move the student from closely supervised practice sessions to increasingly independent field work with actual clients. In addition to the grade requirement mentioned above, a variety of pre-requisites are required for these courses. It is very important for the student to work closely with his or her advisor to ensure proper progress through this pivotal counselor training experience.

CMHC Recommended Sequences:

 Maximum Number of Courses Per Semester: Per graduate school requirements, during the fall and spring semesters, it is recommended that students take no more than nine (9) graduate credit hours. Students, however, may take twelve (12) hours in consultation with the CMHC Program Advisor. The maximum number of graduate credit hours that may be taken during the fall or spring semester is fifteen (15). Students are very strongly discouraged from taking on such an extraordinarily large course load. Further, students wishing to take fifteen (15) hours during a fall or spring semester must attain the permission of the CMHC Program Advisor, the Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, and the signature of the Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Such permission will be granted only in the most extreme of circumstances.

Similar rules apply to summer sessions. However, it is recommended that during the summer session, students take no more than six (6) graduate credit hours. Students may take up to nine (9) graduate credit hours with the permission of their CMHC Program Advisor. The maximum number of graduate credit hours that may be taken during any summer session is twelve (12) and, as above, students must attain the permission of the CMHC Program Advisor, the Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, and the signature of the Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences to carry this size of course load. Such permission will be granted only in the most extreme of circumstances.

Maximum Number of Courses that May be Taken While Provisionally and/or Conditionally Admitted to the CMHC Master’s Degree Program: Students who are provisionally admitted to the CMHC Master’s Degree Program may take no more than nine (9) graduate credit hours before being conditionally or unconditionally admitted to the program. Students who have completed nine (9) credit hours under provisional admission status who are then admitted conditionally to the CMHC Master’s degree program may complete no more than nine (9) credit hours before being unconditionally admitted to the program. Therefore, the maximum possible credit hours to be taken by a student who has not been unconditionally admitted to the program is eighteen (18) hours. This policy is explained in full in the CMHC Admission, Retention, Suspension, and Dismissal Policy.