Our program of study fulfills all coursework requirements to pursue credentialing as both a certified school counselor and licensed professional counselor in West Virginia. Courses are sequenced in blocks for purposes of prerequisite requirements.
The 2023-24 student handbook provides comprehensive details about the counseling master’s program at WVU, including program information, coursework, institutional policies, assistantships and internships, and much more. (Previous student handbooks: 2021-22 | 2022-23)
The practicum and internship fieldwork manual is a comprehensive resource that equips students with detailed information on the requirements and options available for completing practical experiences in the field. This manual encompasses a wide range of topics, including field placement opportunities, necessary prerequisites, evaluation procedures, and other essential details for students.
Tailor this major to your interests by focusing your coursework in one of these areas:
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Graduates of the master's degree in counseling at WVU are well prepared to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in West Virginia and many other states. Courses train students to work in a wide variety of settings. Graduates are proficient in individual and group counseling, are charged with honoring the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of all clients, and across a wide variety of courses, are well-versed in trauma informed practices.
Settings in which counselors work:
- Community mental-health centers
- Adolescent treatment centers
- Correctional facilities
- Outpatient mental-health centers
- Private practice
- Elementary, middle and high schools (as school counselors and expanded school based mental health counselors)
Populations with whom counselors work:
- Children and adolescents
- Individuals struggling with substance abuse and addiction
- Patients in psychiatric hospitals
- Couples and families
- Clients experiencing grief and loss
- Clients in crisis or experiencing suicidal ideation
Watch Video: WVU Clinical Mental Health Counseling
WVU’s school counseling program trains professional school counselors to work with students in pre-K-Adult settings. Professional school counselors provide comprehensive school counseling programs to all students. School counseling programs prevention and intervention services across a multi-tiered system of support framework. WVU school counseling alumni address the diverse and complex needs of children and adolescents as they progress across the developmental lifespan to prepare them for post-secondary opportunities. School counselors work with a wide variety of stakeholders including teachers, parents/caregivers, administrators, local business leaders and community leaders to ensure preparation of lifelong learners and productive members of the community.
The WVU program trains students in counseling interventions, theories and techniques as well as how to plan, design, and implement a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program. Students learn to structure comprehensive school counseling programs based on both the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model as well as the West Virginia Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program Model.
Watch Video: WVU honors National School Counseling Week
Take advantage of special options related to this major:
Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first-
and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.