Mental health awareness is a global initiative and essential to the health and wellness of all. Counselors are on the front lines of this awareness and considered essential workers. Due to this increased awareness, counseling professionals are in high demand.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts much faster than average job growth for mental health counselors over the next decade as improvements in healthcare access allow people to more easily afford counseling services.
When you enroll in one of KU’s CACREP accredited graduate counseling programs, you will:
Our graduates go on to become Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Counselors, Certified Addiction Counselors and Certified School Counselors. You can choose to begin professional work directly upon completion or further your studies by pursuing a doctoral degree.
There are four specific tracks associated with a master's degree in counseling:
Addiction Counseling - This degree will prepare you to serve in settings such as drug and alcohol outpatient clinics, drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, college/university settings, and private practice.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling - This degree will prepare you to serve in settings such as community mental health agencies, hospitals, drug and alcohol treatment organizations, college/university settings, or in private practice.
Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling - This degree provides a unique perspective to understand the complex dynamics of family life. With an emphasis in Systems Theory, you will learn how individuals grow and develop in the context of the environment, and how to treat dysfunction of the entire emotional unit. The MCFC curriculum is designed to meet PA State Board educational requirements for both the LMFT and LPC licenses.
School Counseling - School counselors are responsible for supporting the academic, personal, and developmental health of thousands of students across America. This degree will prepare you to be a Pennsylvania Certified School Counselor and also meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. These vital roles require patience and excellent listening skills, as you’ll become an important resource to today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. The median wage for school and career counselors is approximately $55,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries vary based on location and whether a counselor works in a public or private school.
Take the first step
Counseling can be a rewarding career in a growing profession. Choosing to become a professional counselor is a commitment to yourself, to others, and to society. If you’re ready to begin your journey, we invite you to contact the Department of Counselor Education.
Sample Career Options
The majority of professors are doing their own research and will give you those opportunities as well. They will help you to pursue your dream while presenting at conferences and gaining experience. The faculty will help you to go above and beyond.Mallory Stevens-Carr, CAADC, LPC M.A. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, ‘17
Student Learning Outcomes