Master of Science in Education Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science in Education Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program Overview

Online Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling AccreditationNO GRE OR GMAT REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM

Our Online MSED Counseling programs are fully CACREP-accredited. The MSED Clinical Mental Health program at SBU has also been distinguished as the 2nd Best Value in New York by TopCounselingSchools.org.

SBU's Online MSED Clinical Mental Health Counseling is known for being transformational, interactive and experiential. Our graduates exemplify extraordinary goodness through the individuals they reach through their practice and their greater community impact. The MSED Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is based on the core values of:

  • Community – MSED Clinical Mental Health Counseling students work in the community through in-field practice and are part of the greater “Bonnie” community, first as students and later as members of a strong alumni network.
  • Individual Worth – Clinical Mental Health Counseling MSED graduates go on to work in a variety of environments where they’ll discover their individual worth as counselors and the inherent dignity in as well as respect for, their clients.
  • Discovery – The online MSED program curriculum introduces individuals to a wide variety of counseling practices, including crisis counseling, addiction counseling, research methods and more.
Program Curriculum

Below is a sample list of courses you will be required to complete for the online Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. To view a full list, please download a program brochure.

Careers and Outcomes

According to U.S. News and World Report, mental health counseling is in the Top 10 Best Social Services jobs and in the Top 100 Best Jobs. Individuals in the mental health counseling profession can earn more than $60,000 a year while working in a variety of environments, such as:

  • Colleges
  • Scientific/technical facilities
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Inpatient or Outpatient Facilities
  • Residential Care Facilities
  • Non-for-profits
  • Public or private practice

In addition to the diversity of workplaces a mental health counseling degree provides, there is also a sense of compassion and satisfaction those in the industry receive from providing services to others. According to the Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, individuals with a master’s degree in counseling are most satisfied when they find their "fit" or specialization.

Master’s degree students in the education clinical mental health counseling program also tend to look for opportunities to move forward in their field. As a result, if you’re looking for a career change or to take your social services skills to the next level, an online degree in education clinical mental health counseling may be the next step in your career.

CE 500. Research Methods: 3 Credits

Core Courses

This course helps educators and counselors exercise and expand their critical thinking skills by critique and generation of research projects or publications. The course aims to make teaching and counseling work easier and more effective by developing skills to solve research problems. Candidates will recognize the characteristics of well-designed research and be able to identify what methodologies for data collection and analysis may be used given the research question, as well as write acceptably formatted research papers.

CE 510. Introduction to the Profession of Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

This course is designed to acquaint students with the field of counseling. This is the introductory graduate course in counseling in which a general overview and survey of the profession are provided. Roles and responsibilities of counselors across a variety of settings are examined. Professional ethical and legal issues are explored. Fall, Spring

CE 511. Advanced Human Growth and Development: 3 Credits

Core Courses

The course addresses development and cognitive processes governing learning from conception to death. Normative, non-normative and historical effects within childhood, adolescence, adulthood and later life are presented. Formal developmental and learning theory is emphasized in conjunction with practical interpretation and application. The course provides an orientation and background for sound educational practices.

CE 530. Theories and Techniques of Counseling: 3 Credits

Core Courses

The course acquaints the student with the basic knowledge base and skills required for the practice of counseling. Classroom work will focus on the development of specific counseling skills. Students will use role play, audio and videotapes to facilitate the learning process. Additionally, students will explore counseling theory and research.

CE 540. Abnormal Psychology: 3 Credits

Core Courses

To acquaint the beginning graduate student with the field of abnormal psychology with an emphasis on the definitions and distinctions between the various abnormal disorders, an introduction to the current research in the field, a discussion of the numerous continual controversial issues and a review of the data-based treatment approaches. In addition, this course will assist the graduate student to understand the nature, needs, and problems of individuals at all developmental levels over the life span and to understand the nature, needs, and problems of a multicultural and diverse society.

CE 625A. Internship 1: CMH Counseling: 3 Credits

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialty Courses

To provide the student with the opportunity to work within the field as a counseling intern. Primary supervision of the intern will be conducted by the counselor on site. Students will work in an agency setting. A total of 300 clock hours are required of all students.

662 Residency 1: Professional Practice of Counseling

This residency course will provide beginning opportunities for students to explore special topics regarding their tracks of study of mental health and school counseling. It will also allow students to lead experiential activities within the areas of individual and group counseling skill development. Additionally, students will be given opportunities to consult with faculty to receive direction, feedback, and supervision. There will be modules, lessons, and assignments before and after this four-day, in-person residency.

663 Residency 2: Advanced Professional Practice of Counseling

This residency course will provide advanced opportunities to build upon special topics regarding their tracks of study of mental health and school counseling. It will continue to allow students to lead experiential activities within the areas of individual and group counseling, through role play and simulation. Students will be given further opportunities to consult with faculty to receive direction, feedback, and supervision. There will be modules, lessons, and assignments before and after this four-day, in-person residency.