Counselor Education Dual Major Option

The Department of Counselor Education offers a dual major option to fully enrolled master’s degree students with advisor approval. Students who wish to graduate from two counseling specialty areas concurrently must meet the degree requirements for both CACREP accredited specialties, including meeting the curricular requirements for each specialty, completing a minimum of a 600-hour internship for each specialty, and completing any differences in the core curriculum for each specialty. The awarding of the degrees must occur simultaneously (CACREP Policy Document, 2015, p. 16).

Benefits of Pursuing a Dual Major

  • Students will have two CACREP accredited degree majors listed on their transcripts.
  • In Florida and in some other states, a dual major is the more reliable path toward dual licensure.  However, it is extremely important for students to investigate the licensure policies of the state to which they plan to move to verify whether this statement applies.
  • Students have 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, and 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.

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (MCFC)

To add Marriage, Couple, and 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.