Department of Counselor Education

Description of Master's Specialization

Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Council for Accreditation Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) accredited until October 31, 2021.

COE 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.

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

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.

School Counseling - (CACREP) accredited until October 31, 2021.

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.

Description of Doctoral Program

Ph.D. Program in Counseling (CACREP) accredited until October 31, 2021.

The Department of Counselor Education at Florida Atlantic University is pleased to announce that its proposal 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.