Master of Arts
The Department of Counselor Education offers a 60-semester hour Master of Arts in Counseling with a concentration in Addiction Counseling. The program is structured to meet the standards required by CACREP for accreditation. The Addiction Counseling program will be submitted for CACREP accreditation in Fall 2021. The Addiction program consists of core counseling courses, specialty area courses, and 700 hours of field experience. Degree requirements for this program meet the educational requirements for Pennsylvania state licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) examination, a state licensure prerequisite, and a prerequisite to become a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Completing the program in Addiction Counseling will meet the educational requirements of the Pennsylvania Certification Board to become a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC).
The mission of the Addiction Counseling program is to provide a high-quality graduate education for individuals pursuing careers in professional counseling. This program is structured around several core tenets:
Included in the program is an emphasis on developing knowledge and skills aligned with the standards of the Department of Drug & Alcohol Prevention in Pennsylvania in combination with the ASAM criteria. Given the focus of this program, graduates may enter the profession prepared to work in a variety of settings, such as, community mental health agencies, the Veterans Administration, hospitals, drug and alcohol treatment settings, and colleges/universities.
The unique design of all KU Counseling programs offers students flexibility in determining their own career path.
Student Learning Outcomes