The OSU-Cascades Master of Counseling program offers a part-time option that spans three years as well as a full-time option that can be completed in two years. Program begins June of each year. Students choosing the part-time option take on average two classes per term, while students choosing the full-time option average four classes per term. All classes are held in the evenings, starting at 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday with an occasional class being offered in a weekend format.
The coursework for this program integrates academic knowledge and theory with counseling practice and internships. In addition to coursework, students complete a 100 hour practicum and a 600 hour internship for school track or a 900 hour internship for Clinical Mental Health. The master's level internship hours in the final year are intensive and typically range from 20-30 clock hours per week.
Completion of this degree meets academic eligibility requirements for School Counselor Licensure from TSPC and Licensed Professional Counselor from the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.
The Clinical Mental Health counseling track is designed for individuals who want to work in community agencies, treatment programs, community colleges, and other counseling centers.
Graduate students in the clinical mental health counseling program work in the OSU-Cascades Mental Health Clinic which offers free mental health services to the Central Oregon community.
This program is designed for students who have already obtained a teaching credential and have at least two years of teaching experience. If you are a licensed teacher, you can be admitted to the MCoun program and complete the required courses for the Initial and Continuing School Counselor license as a part of your MCoun degree.
This program is designed for persons without a teaching license or teaching experience. Students must complete the MCoun degree to be eligible for the Initial School Counselor license. Coursework in this track includes 125 hours of school-based observations and at least 75 hours of direct responsibility for classroom instruction.
School Counselor Licenses
The school counseling program has Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) approval to offer both initial and continuing state licensure as a school counselor. Individual advisement by your major professor is necessary to evaluate readiness for licensure. (For further information on TSPC, go to www.tspc.state.or.us/)
Licensed Professional Counselor
All MCoun Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) from the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (www.oblcpt.state.or.us). Graduate students in counseling are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (www.nbcc.org) during the last quarter of their degree program. The results of this examination and other post-degree experiences required by OBLPCT are used to earn LPC status in Oregon.
Enjoy on-campus living in the OSU-Cascades residence hall. Graduate student housing at OSU-Cascades is designed to give you a living environment full of amenities that's close to all campus resources. Our residence hall offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, bike/ski/snowboard storage, no deposits or utility fees, laundry and high-speed internet access. Learn more
Counseling program credo: D.R.I.V.E.: Dignity, Respect, Integrity, Value, and Equality in our actions toward all humankind.