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Community & College Counseling

The Community and College Counseling concentration offers an interdisciplinary degree specifically for college graduates interested in preparing for counseling roles in community agencies working areas such as mental health, social services, youth development services, court services, or rehabilitation; or in college settings such as student affairs offices, counseling centers, or residence halls. A teaching license is not required for this concentration.

Students will receive solid grounding in research methodologies and human development theories relevant to counseling applications. They will learn the theoretical frameworks of counseling and how they translate into individual and group interventions based on researched strategies tailored to individual client needs. Graduates will assist clients in self-discovery, personal growth, and in making healthy lifestyle choices.

Students are cautioned to work closely with their advisor in planning their studies since some courses have prerequisites and are sequenced to begin with the fall semester.

Students interested pursuing licensure as a Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia are advised to obtain and adhere to the regulations of the Virginia Board of Counseling.



Newly admitted students are assigned the appropriate advisor. The assignment of the advisor generally is not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.

NOTE: Students are cautioned to work closely with their advisors in planning their studies since some courses have prerequisites and are sequenced to begin with the fall semester.


Program Requirements for the Master's Degree

  • COUN 503 Introduction to the Counseling Profession (3)
  • COUN 505 Theories of counseling and Psychotherapy (3)
  • COUN 545 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy (3)
  • COUN 555 Psychological Testing and Appraisal (3)
  • COUN 605 Group Counseling Theories and Techniques (3)
  • COUN 612 Counseling Strategies for healthy Adjustment (3)
  • EDUC 502 Research Design (3) (Required during the first nine hours)
  • EDUC 521 Human Growth and Development
  • EDUC 699 Comprehensive Examination (0)
  • PSYC 651 Practice and Ethics of Community & College Counseling (3)
  • PSYC 660 Clinical Psychopathology (3)
  • PSYC 680 Practicum in Community & College Counseling (3) 

Elective Courses (6)

Select two from the following:

  • COUN 601 Counseling in a Pluralistic Society (3)
  • COUN 610 Career Counseling and Career Development (3)
  • COUN 613 Guidance & Counseling of Exceptional Students (3)
  • PSYC 523 Theories of Personality (3)
  • PSYC 540 Behavior Modification (3)
  • PSYC 552 Psychopharmacology (3)
  • PSYC 553 Psycholinguistics (3)
  • PSYC 595 Special Topics (3)
  • PSYC 622 Marriage & Family Therapy: Theory & Techniques (3)
  • PSYC 625 Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3)
  • PSYC 640 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (3)


Recommended plan of study for Community & College Counseling


Program Coordinator

Dr. Jennifer Apperson 

Ruffner 303