Department of Counselor Education

Palm Beach County School Counselor Association Annual Appreciation Breakfast. From left to right: David Rodriguez, Beth Johnson, Dr. Renda, Michelle Lanza, Deena Schneider, Dr. Mariani, Mike Kane,Dr. Scheitz, Sarah Firestone, Ellen chance

Department Mission

Description of Master's Specialization

School Counseling - Council for Accreditation Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) Accredited Until October 2015

Application Process

COE This specialization is designed to prepare graduates to implement comprehensive, research-based and national standards-based school counseling programs. Graduates are eligible for certification as K-12 school counselors. The coursework and supervised field experience focus on the following four areas of direct service: Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Classroom Guidance, and Consulting with teachers and parents.

Mental Health Counseling - CACREP Accredited Until October 2015

Application Process

This specialization is designed to prepare graduates to assess, diagnose and treat clients with mental disorders as well as those with problems in living. Graduates will have completed all the academic requirements to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Florida. The program emphasizes the development of skills in counseling individuals, families, and groups, using the best theoretical and research-based practices.

Rehabilitation Counseling Council on Rehabilitation Education (Core) Accredited Until Summer 2017

Application Process

This program is an inter-disciplinary field of study designed to train professional rehabilitation counselors to work for and with persons with disabilities in both the public and private sectors. Graduates will have completed academic requirements to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), prepared for professional leadership, administration, and direct service delivery.

Description of Doctoral Program

Ph.D. Program in Counseling CACREP Accredited Until October 2015

Application Process

The Department of Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University is pleased to announce that its proposed for a Ph.D. program received final state approval. The program began accepting students for the Fall, 2005 term.

Unique Focus of the Degree: The degree is a 60 hour post-masters, CACREP-oriented program to train leaders and researchers. Since our Ph.D. Counseling program will accept students who are already licensed or certified counselors, it is not primarily clinically-focused, although it will enhance students’ clinical skills. Rather, this unique program will emphasize research and leadership in student–faculty research groups. Accordingly, its purpose is to prepare counseling professionals for local and national leadership in the field as university professors, researchers, clinical supervisors, directors or program coordinators in mental health agencies, school settings and rehabilitation programs.

Updated February 10, 2015