Degree Requirements

A degree from the Seattle University Counseling Programs helps prepare students to meet the academic requirements to apply for licensure as a mental health counselor associate and/or a certified chemical dependency professional in Washington.  The State of Washington Department of Health has additional requirements such as examination, post graduate experience and supervision that must be met in addition to the coursework. 

Clinical experiences

Of the 90 credits required for the degree, 16 credits are experiential courses in which students work with actual clients at a practicum or internship site and 8 credits include working with volunteer clients on campus under supervision. One additional credit includes a group experience facilitated by a Masters level counselor.  Students work individually and in groups, and receive feedback from faculty and peers. All students complete a one quarter practicum and 3 quarter internship spanning almost 12 months in the third year.  Program graduates are often hired at their internship sites. All sites are considered first-rate internship opportunities.

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Master of Arts in Education

I. Basic College of Education Requirements (6 credits)

  • EDUC 5000: Introduction to Educational Research,3
  • EDUC 5200: Social Justice in Professional Practice, 3

II. Core Counseling Requirements (59 credits)

  • COUN 5070: Counseling Across the Lifespan, 4
  • COUN 5080: Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling, 4
  • COUN 5100: Fundamental Counseling Skills, 4
  • COUN 5110: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy, 3
  • COUN 5120: Career Counseling, 3
  • COUN 5130: Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling, 4
  • COUN 5170: Group Counseling Theory and Practice, 4
  • COUN 5190: Addictions Counseling, 4
  • COUN 5270: Counseling Tests and Measurements, 3
  • COUN 5400: Diagnosis and Assessment, 4
  • COUN 5500: Counseling and Case Management, 4
  • COUN 5510: Counseling Lab, 4
  • COUN 5600: Family Systems, 4
  • COUN 5610: Counseling with Children and Adolescents, 4
  • COUN 5700: Crisis Counseling, 3
  • COUN 5800: Psychopharmacology, 3

III. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Requirements (25 credits)

  • COUN 5580: Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 3
  • COUN 5590: Consultation and Supervision, 3
  • COUN 5640: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum, 4
  • COUN 5650: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I, 4
  • COUN 5660: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II, 4
  • COUN 5670: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship III, 4
  • Elective: 3 credits

Minimum credits required for degree: 90