Educational Leadership and Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

MA ED in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program Director - Dr. Ki Chae

  Assistant Professor
  Office: Education Center, Room 344
  Phone: 910.521.6753
  Research and Teaching Page


Prospective students should email the Graduate Office at or visit the School of Graduate Studies website.


Program Description

The Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to assist graduate students in the development of competencies necessary for functioning in the role of professional counselor in a variety of settings. The M.A.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and meets the standards established by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors for Professional Counselor licensure (LPC) and the National Board of Certified Counselors’ standards for national certification as a professional counselor (NCC). The American Counseling Association Ethics and Professional Standards and the American Mental Health Counseling Association principles are used as guides in developing and revising the program’s curriculum. The program is located in the School of Education, Department of Public Administration and Counseling, and shares a common core of classes with the Professional School Counseling Program.

What do Clinical Mental Health Counselors do?

Clinical Mental Health Counselors develop professional relationships with individuals, families, couples, and groups to promote mental health and wellness.  Clinical mental health counselors address problems of living such as transitional stress, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. They are also involved in their communities through outreach activities, advocacy, and psychoeducation

Requirements for M.A.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Sem. Hrs
Core Counseling Courses 27
CNS 5000       Professional and Ethical Issues
CNS 5050       Counseling Skills and Techniques
CNS 5500       Research and Program Evaluation
CNS 5400       Theories of Counseling
CNS 5700       Career Counseling and Development
CNS 5025       Lifespan Development
CNS 5100       Groups in Counseling
CNS 5600       Assessment Practices in Counseling
CNS 5800       Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling
Specialty Area and Elective Courses 24

CNS 5450       The Clinical Mental Health Counselor
CNS 5360       Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
CNS 5850       Theory and Process of Family Counseling
CNS 5080       Gender and Sexuality Issues in Counseling
CNS 5900       Addictions Counseling
CNS 5060       Crisis Intervention
Select two Elective Courses from:

  • CNS 5250 Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • CNS 5310 Mental Health Issues in Childhood and Adolescence
  • CNS 5070 College Counseling and Student Affairs
  • CNS 5870 The Family and Addiction
  • CNSS 5xxx Special Topics in Counseling. (may be repeated for different topics)
Clinical Field Placement Courses 9
CNS 6100       Counseling Practicum (Clinical Mental Health Setting)
CNS 6120       Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship (course is repeated once to earn a total of 6-credit hours)
Total: 60

UNCP 2015-2016 Catalog - CMHC Program Information