College of Education Department of Instructional Support
ASU's College of Education is the oldest subdivision within its entire academic realm. Like its cohorts, the College of Education does an admirable job of adhering to the institutional motto of, "When we teach class, the world takes note." Since 1867, faculty has exhibited its collective commitment to this philosophy by preparing pupils to improve their own future students' lives through learning.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
ASU's Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree is a 60-credit program. A bifurcated curriculum features both theoretical classroom instruction and practical skills development. The latter includes two mandatory 600-hour internships at mental health agencies and/or counseling facilities in the local community. A 100-hour practicum is also required for program completion. All curricular components strive to prepare students to address a diversity of client needs via effective professional intervention.
ASU offers a Master of Education in School Counseling degree that entails successful completion of a 48-credit program. Students develop essential academic knowledge and practical skills through a two-pronged educational delivery format. Besides classroom lecture instruction, curricular requirements include two internships of 600 clinical hours at elementary, junior high, and high schools in the local area. A 100 clinical hour practicum is also mandatory. Primary instructional focus is the American School Counselor Association Model that emphasizes counseling program formulation, implementation, and reevaluation. The overriding learning objective is equipping students with the expertise and skills required to affect effective professional counseling interventions.
Alabama State University's College of Education currently holds full accreditation of the National Council for Accreditation on Teacher Education ("NCATE"). Both of the above-described counseling degree programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs ("CACREP"). In January 2013, ASU made history by becoming one of only eight historically Black colleges and universities to achieve CACREP accreditation for both of the previously discussed graduate Counseling degree programs.
Dr. LaWanda Edwards, Coordinator
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