Counselor Education Overview
The basic belief of the USM Counselor Education program is that people often need assistance in addressing typical developmental transitions as well as difficult life situations. Mental health, rehabilitation, and school counselors are trained to help people with these challenges.
The master of science in counseling degree prepares its graduates to act as facilitators of change in the lives of individuals at all developmental levels. By modeling high standards of professionalism and offering a foundation of knowledge, skills, self-awareness, and practice, the program prepares counselors of the highest quality to work in schools, mental health agencies, businesses, hospitals, rehabilitation organizations, private practice, and other settings.
Students study human development and behavior, individual counseling theory, group theory and dynamics, research methodology, and psychological measurement and evaluation, in addition to courses in individual concentrations—school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, and rehabilitation counseling. The Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) post-bachelor's certificate program may be taken independently of the master’s degree. The certificate of advanced study in counseling is a post-master’s program for current counselors who are interested in pursuing advanced coursework.