Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
Serving the eastern region of the state in Appalachia with more of its more than 16,000 students being the first among their families to attend college, Eastern Kentucky University is a comprehensive public institution situated in the rural setting of Richmond. Well-known for its award-winning Honors Program recognized among the nation's best, the U.S. News and World Report currently ranks EKU as the 55th best college and 22nd top public school in the South. Within the College of Education that is known for having the 93rd best online graduate education programs in the nation, the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology endeavors to prepare effective professional counselors who will lead productive and responsible careers applying intervention techniques for under-served populations.
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Mental Health Counseling
Designed to prepare students to work as clinical mental health counselors within medical, community, and private practice settings, the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program provides an in-depth exposure to the three principle approaches to counseling: psychodynamics, experiential or humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral. Through the 60-credit program structured to meet the curriculum requirements of the Kentucky Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCP), students are required to complete a minimum of 900 clock hours of internship experience in varied settings with diverse populations. As a result, students learn to apply mental health approaches to contemporary practice, assessment, and treatment.
Master of Arts in Education (MA.Ed.) in School Counseling
With the mission of preparing school counselors to become leaders, advocates, and systems change agents for the diverse schools throughout rural Kentucky to be an integral part of the total educational program for student success, the Master of Arts in Education in School Counseling program consists of 54 credit hours that are designed for completion in two years of full-time graduate studies. Throughout the intensive curriculum and hands-on field learning in an internship experience, students are given the skills to design, develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs to guarantee that every student receives the appropriate competencies needed for their academic, career, and social development.
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC)
Combs Building Room 417
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475