Counselor Education Dual Degree Option

The Department of Counselor Education offers a dual degree option to fully enrolled master’s degree students with advisor approval. If a student wishes to graduate from two counseling specialty areas concurrently, he or she must meet the degree requirements for both CACREP accredited specialties. This would include meeting the curricular requirements for each specialty, a minimum of a 600 clock hour internship for each specialty, and any differences in the core curriculum. The awarding of the degrees must occur simultaneously (CACREP Policy Document, 2015, p. 16).

Benefits of Pursuing a Dual Degree

  • You have two CACREP accredited degrees listed on your transcript.
  • In Florida or if you move to another state, it’s the more reliable path toward dual licensure – note: it is extremely important you investigate the licensure policies of the state you will be moving to verify this.
  • More marketability in applying for positions with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and other agencies.

Specific Requirements

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

To add Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) to Marriage Couple & Family Counseling (MCFC), students are required to take COUN 526 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and COUN 527 Counseling in a Community Setting, in addition to the core curriculum in their primary program track, plus a 400 hour Internship in CMHC, a 400 hour Internship in MCFC, and a 400 hour Internship in CMHC/MCFC.

To add Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) to School Counseling (SC), students are required to take COUN 525 Advanced Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy, Techniques and Treatment Planning, COUN 526 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and COUN 527 Counseling in a Community Setting, in addition to the core curriculum in their primary program track, plus a 400 hour Internship in CMHC, a 400 hour Internship in SC, and a 400 hour Internship in CMHC/SC. 

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (MCFC)

To add Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MCFC) to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC), students are required to take COUN 510 Marriage and Relationship Counseling and COUN 511 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Seminar, in addition to the core curriculum in their primary program track, plus a 400 hour Internship in CMHC, a 400 hour Internship in MCFC, and a 400 hour Internship in CMHC/MCFC.

To add Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MCFC) to School Counseling (SC), students are required to take COUN 510 Marriage and Relationship Counseling, COUN 511 Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Seminar, and COUN 525 Advanced Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy, Techniques and Treatment Planning, in addition to the core curriculum in their primary program track, plus a 400 hour Internship in MCFC, a 400 hour Internship in SC, and a 400 hour Internship in MCFC/SC.

School Counseling (SC)

To add School Counseling (SC) to CMHC, students are required to take COUN 522 Foundations of School Counseling, COUN 524 Consultation, and COUN 534 Accountability and the School Counselor, in addition to the core curriculum in their primary program track, plus a 400 hour Internship in School Counseling, a 400 hour Internship in CMHC, and a 400 hour Internship in CMHC/SC.

To add School Counseling (SC) to MCFC, students are required to take COUN 522 Foundations of School Counseling, COUN 524 Consultation, and COUN 534 Accountability and the School Counselor, in addition to the core curriculum in their primary program track, plus a 400 hour Internship in MCFC, a 400 hour Internship in SC, and a 400 hour Internship in MCFC/SC.