Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The CMHC Program is now accepting applications for 2025 Summer/Fall. Application review begins February 1.


Courses Now Available in Wilmington

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MA ED in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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 Clinical Mental Health Counselors for Professional Counselor licensure (LCMHC) and the National Board of Certified Counselors’ standards for national certification as a professional counselor (NCC). The American Counseling Association Code of  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 Department of Counseling in the School of Education 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