The master's and doctoral programs with a major in counseling are designed to fit the needs of the working professional. The coursework typically utilizes a hybrid format (i.e., a mix of classroom instruction and web-based instruction). The goal of these programs is to develop counselors and counselor educators who are are competent professionals and leaders in social justice and diversity.
The master’s degree program with a major is completed on a part-time basis. Students take two classes per quarter for 12 consecutive quarters.
At the master’s level, the counseling major has two areas of concentration. These areas are Clinical Mental Health Counseling (preparing one for Oregon Professional Counselor licensure) and School Counseling (preparing one for TSPC school counselor licensure). Both concentrations possess the prestigious Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation. Extended Campus offers the School Counseling concentration, while Cascades campus offers both concentrations.
Students who wish to pursue Oregon School Counseling Licensure must complete coursework on K-12 classroom instruction in addition to the MCoun degree requirements before the faculty can provide the recommendation to Oregon Teacher Standards and Practice. These classes may be completed before, during, or after the counseling degree.
This program is 150 quarter hours. 56 quarter credits of the 150 can be transferred in from a counseling master’s degree. Students complete the program on a part-time basis. Specifically, students take two classes per quarter for 8 consecutive quarters and then complete 7 credits (630 hours) of internship and 36 credits of dissertation work. Most of these courses take place on weekends (e.g., Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm) at Clackamas Community College- Wilsonville (Wilsonville, OR). All courses are offered through OSU’s Extended Campus. This curriculum possesses the prestigious Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation.