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Master of Arts in Education

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Grounded in a Biblical worldview, this degree is the first online clinical mental health counseling program in the state of Ohio.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 1/13
Est. Program Length: 3-3.5 Years
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Cost Per Credit Hour: $610
Credit Hours: 60
Transfer Credits: Up to 15

Earn the Credential You Need To Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

Mental health counselors are needed more than ever before. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings in the field are expected to grow 23 percent by 2026, one of the highest rates of growth in the country.

Malone University’s online Master of Arts in Education – Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree offers you the chance to build on your experience as a mental health professional and advance your career. Our program uses a holistic approach to care, combining stringent clinical training with a curriculum grounded in the spirit of the Christian faith.

Some key topics covered in this program include:

  • Cultural competence in counseling
  • Human development
  • Major counseling theories and techniques
  • Leadership in counseling
  • Assessment and testing
  • Career decision-making
  • Research methods and design
  • State-specific credentialing requirements
  • Treatment methods
  • Addiction
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Professional Counseling Orientation
  • Counseling & Helping Relationship
  • Holistic Approaches to Counseling
  • Ethical Practice
  • Social Justice Advocacy
  • Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
  • Clinical Supervision

Because our curriculum requires both a practicum and a two-part internship, you’ll also gain extensive hands-on training. You’ll serve as a counselor-in-training under professional supervision, and learn from expert practitioners with firsthand experience in a wide range of mental health disciplines and specialties.

At Malone, we are exceptionally proud of our graduates. Our pass rate regularly exceeds the national average, hovering around 90 percent. In addition, our online mental health counseling program is the only program of its kind accredited by CACREP. Because of the state’s rigorous standards of practice, you are afforded a high likelihood of being able to successfully work around the country.

This program consists of 60 Credits

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Courses and Requirements

Your curriculum. Your career.

Malone’s online master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling is intended to provide students with the training they need to hone the skills of their profession. Through a Christian lens, participants will learn the techniques and competencies required to successfully become leaders in their careers.

Course of Study
COUN 503 Multicultural Counseling and Advocacy
COUN 549 Human Growth and Development
COUN 563 Theories and Techniques of Counseling I
COUN 564 Theories and Techniques of Counseling II
COUN 567 Group Dynamics, Process, and Counseling
COUN 569 Tests and Appraisal in Counseling
COUN 570 Career Development and Lifestyle Counseling
COUN 652 Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling

Core Courses
COUN 544 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN 622 Assessment in Counseling
COUN 626 Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
COUN 628 Treatment Methods in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN 634 Marriage and Family Counseling
COUN 641 Addictions Counseling
COUN 662 Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUN 682 Abnormal Psychology
COUN 688 Management and Advocacy in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Experience
COUN 630 Counseling Practicum
COUN 685 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I
COUN 686 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II

COUN 614 Spirituality & Religion in Counseling
COUN 643 Trauma Counseling & Crisis Intervention
COUN 672 Counseling the LGBTQI Population


Admissions Requirements

M.A. Education – CMHC Admissions

Candidates for Malone’s online M.A. Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must submit the following:

  • Graduate application
  • Official transcripts
  • Two professional references
  • An autobiography, between two and three single-spaced typewritten pages

The autobiography should include:

  • A description of your family of origin
  • Significant life experiences that have shaped you
  • A situation in which you were involved in helping another person in crisis
  • The factors that you believe have influenced your decision to pursue a career as a professional counselor.

In addition, applicants must participate in an interview.

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Career Outcomes

At Malone, the online M.A.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides graduates with a wide range of career options in their field.

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Why Choose Malone?

Malone Online is a Christ-centered university that is recognized for its academic excellence, extraordinary leadership, career-oriented programs, and holistic approach to education.

  • Quality Rankings.

    Among its many accolades, Malone has been listed among the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Values and Best Colleges for Veterans for 2018.

  • Christ-Centered.

    Malone provides an intentional focus on promoting an education based on faith and its integration with intellectual, spiritual, and social growth.

  • Extraordinary Leadership.

    Students work with renowned faculty, caring staff, and can take advantage of unique support programs after graduation.

Benefits of Learning Online

Pursuing an online degree means choosing to elevate your career. Online degree programs offer:

  • Flexibility

    Online learning makes it possible to earn a degree while maintaining a balance of work and life responsibilities.

  • Self-Paced Programs

    Spend more time with instructional materials, and adjust your learning schedule according to your needs.

  • Equal Access to Faculty

    Students who earn their degrees online study with the same excellent professors as their on-campus peers.

  • Affordability

    Online programs allow students to remain at work, and do not incur the additional costs associated with earning a degree on campus.

  • Community

    Learn with like-minded individuals in a digital space that’s every bit as welcoming as an on-campus classroom.

  • Enhanced Motivation

    Because students are afforded so much independence with an online degree, they graduate with the skills they need to excel in their careers.

  • Cultivated Potential

    Graduates emerge from online programs with a greater understanding of their own fortitude and excellence.