Standing proudly as a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to serve the academic needs of over 8,600 students, California University of Pennsylvania is a comprehensive four-year public liberal arts institution based on a 294-acre rural campus within just 35 miles of Pittsburgh. Consistently named one of the "Best in the Northeast" by the prestigious Princeton Review, Cal U is currently ranked as the 135th best college and 44th top public school in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report. The Department of Counselor Education is dedicated to delivering unparalleled opportunities for academic, social, and professional growth to produce qualified master's-level counselors.
Ideal for graduate students who are seeking to provide quality mental health services to individuals, families, couples, and groups in a wide range of clinical settings, the Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program aims to prepare practitioners for working alongside other interdisciplinary healthcare professionals to serve the diverse needs of clients across the wellness spectrum. With a firm emphasis on the latest research-based practices needed for competent diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, referral, consultation, management, and prevention of mental/emotional disorders, the 60-credit program is designed to fulfill all of the standards needed to prepare graduates to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) within Pennsylvania.
With easy start options available for graduate students seeking to begin classes in the fall, spring, or summer terms, the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling program is structured to prepare compassionate professionals who are able to effectively assist K-12 students in achieving their highest academic, career, and personal development to lead productive lives as responsible citizens. Known for being one of the best programs of its kind in the nation due to its dual accreditation by the CACREP and NCATE, the 60-credit curriculum ensures that graduates will possess the appropriate knowledge, skills, values, and ethics needed to function professionally in schools and/or other educational settings.