Master of Arts in Education - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program offers a Master of Arts in Education. This degree program requires the successful completion of 60 credit hours of graduate education. Completion of the MAE in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides graduates with the academic requirements toward mental health licensure in Nebraska. Along with the MAE degree, graduates who successfully pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE) will be prepared to apply for the provisional Licensed Mental Health Practioner (PLMHP) license in Nebraska.

Graduate Counselor Education Program Mission

Our mission is to prepare highly effective counselors equipped with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to serve a diverse, multicultural, and global society with marginalized populations. The faculty, current and former students, and community partners provide input to achieve our mission through the following objectives.

Graduate Counselor Education Program Student Learning Outcomes

Department Master's Program Objectives

  1. Foster the development of a strong professional counselor identity following the ethical guidelines outlined in the ACA and ASCA Codes of Ethics.
  2. Prepare culturally competent counselors to serve a diverse, multicultural, and global society with marginalized populations.
  3. Prepare counselors to apply human developmental theory to inform interventions across the lifespan.
  4. Produce counselors with a nuanced understanding of career development to conceptualize the intricate interplay between work, mental well-being, and other life roles.
  5. Prepare counselors who employ theoretically grounded counseling interventions to establish theory-based client outcomes.
  6. Prepare counselors who employ group dynamics and application of group theory in group counseling practice.
  7. Prepare counselors who employ ethical and culturally responsive assessment practices, strategies, and interventions in counseling practice.
  8. Prepare counselors who critically evaluate and utilize research methods in professional counseling.
  9. Produce Clinical Mental Health Counselors adept at diagnosis, mental health case conceptualization, and treatment planning.
  10. Prepare School Counselors to design and deliver school counseling programs utilizing the ASCA National Model.