Online Master of Arts in Counseling

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Serving Humanity Through Positive Social Change

Skilled, compassionate people make a positive difference in the lives of others, a belief well supported by research in the field of helping professions. Humanity always benefits from supportive individuals, but in these times when so many in our society are experiencing hardships, we need caring counselors more than ever.

Online Master of Arts in Counseling Degree

Well-respected across the world, the Wake Forest counseling program can prepare you for a rewarding career in clinical mental health and school counseling. Our online Master of Arts in Counseling will give you the opportunity to learn from some of the most recognized scholars and professional leaders in the counseling profession. You’ll also become part of a community of like-minded students.

Why You Should Choose Wake Forest University

As part of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University is highly regarded for our faculty, high test scores and demanding online curriculum. Our students are also notable for their innate passion to positively influence society and lead purpose-filled lives. Pursuing your master’s degree in counseling with us will expose you to:

  • The Spirit of Service: We embody the spirit of Pro Humanitate (for humanity), with an abiding commitment to serve others.
  • A Clinical Skills Focus: Become an exceptional counselor and human services professional by honing your counseling and clinical skills within our rigorous academic environment.
  • A Student-Centered Model: We focus on supporting your mastery of the core and specialty areas you need to make an impact as a counseling and human services professional.
  • A Commitment to Excellence: You will discover well-defined goals and objectives, a variety of learning experiences and an environment focused on quality.
  • A Path to Certification and Licensure: Graduates of the Master of Arts in Counseling program are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) which leads to certification as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
  • A Reputation for Quality: Wake Forest is continuously recognized for its outstanding academic environment and challenging liberal arts curriculum. U.S. News & World Report has ranked us among the nation’s Best National Universities, as well as one of the “Best-Value” National Universities for offering high-quality education at a reasonable cost.

Comprehensive and Balanced Core Curriculum

Studying with Wake Forest University will help you expand your human relationship skills and learn how to make a positive impact on society. Whether you are currently working in the profession or are seeking an opportunity to serve others, our online Master of Arts in Counseling will show you how counseling practices play an important role in public and private schools, professional settings, administration endeavors and nonprofit agencies.

You’ll learn how to better understand and effectively communicate with people at all life stages, in all socio-economic conditions. You’ll gain knowledge from some of the most recognized scholars and leaders in the counseling profession, and explore how you can help change lives of others forever.

It all begins with a solid core curriculum of courses to provide knowledge in the following key areas:

  • Appraisal Procedures
  • Career and Lifestyle Development
  • Group Work
  • Helping Relationships
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Research and Program Evaluation
  • Social and Cultural Foundations

Specialized Focus for Master’s of Counseling Students

Wake Forest University’s online Master of Arts in Counseling program offers you the opportunity to focus on one of two rewarding career paths. Each of these specializations also supplies clinical instruction with practicum and internship experiences, as well as a professional identity capstone course that will further define your goals for the future. We invite to join us in the specialization of your choice:

School Counseling

The School Counseling Program (*) is designed to provide prospective school counselors with the knowledge, skills and competence necessary to establish and conduct effective developmental guidance and counseling programs in schools, kindergarten through the 12th grade. The need for qualified counselors continues to rise, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics expecting a 19 percent increase in employment by 2020.

(*) The course of study that leads to a license in school counseling in North Carolina (and through reciprocity agreements leads to licensure in most other states), is based on the requirements of the North Carolina State Board of Education, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The School Counseling program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (*) provides students with the professional knowledge, skills and practices necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances through a flexible, problem-solving approach that supports positive change. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in this career area is estimated at 37 percent through 2020. Clinical mental health counselors can find opportunities in a number of settings, including community agencies, behavioral health care facilities, hospitals, employee assistance programs and substance abuse treatment centers.

(*) This program leads to eligibility, after passing the required examination and meeting the post-master’s supervised experience requirement, as a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina and may lead to licensure in other states, depending on their requirements. The course of study is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the core required courses in the program meet the eight CACREP core areas required by most states for licensure.

The Right School for Your Goals

The Wake Forest motto is Pro Humanitate, which means to serve humanity. This motto is interwoven throughout the academic programs and curriculum that educate the whole person through mind, body and spirit. Wake Forest students and faculty are not just scholars and educators; they are people who have an innate passion to positively influence society and lead purpose-filled lives.

Our goal is to help you build intellect and character, and help you find your place in the world upon graduating with your online Master of Arts in Counseling. We encourage you to contact us today to find out how you can build a personally and professionally rewarding career in serving the needs of others.

Important Credentialing Information

Due to higher education regulation changes effective July 1, 2011, Wake Forest University is currently authorized to enroll students residing in only the following states and territories in its online degree programs: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, VI, WV, and WY. In many locations, authorization is pending and students may likely be able to enroll in Wake Forest’s online degree programs. Please call our office to determine this status if you live in AL, AR, DC, IA, KY, MA, MN, MT, NH, NM, NY, OK, PR, WA, and WI. The WFU MA Human Services program is not authorized by the State Board for Career and Technical Education for online delivery in North Dakota.

Each state’s counseling licensure board determines the licensing requirements for candidates seeking license as a counseling professional (some states have titles other than LPC). If you wish to enroll in one of our online offerings and are located in ND, MO, KS or IL, please note that no purely online degree, including that offered by Wake Forest, is sufficient for licensure as a counseling professional in those states. However, this limitation regarding online courses does not apply to either the school counseling program within the Master of Arts in Counseling program or the Master of Arts in Human Services.

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Wake Forest University's Counseling program offers three online options:

  • Master of Arts in Counseling — Clinical Mental Health
  • Master of Arts in Counseling — School Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Human Services

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Due to higher education regulation changes effective July 1, 2011, Wake Forest University is currently authorized to enroll students residing in only the following states and territories in its online degree programs: CO, CT, HI, MI, NC, RI, SC, SD, VT, VI (Virgin Islands), VA, TX, CA, GA, DE, AK, ID, MS, MT, NE, ND, and UT. In many locations, authorization is pending and students may likely be able to enroll in Wake Forest’s online degree programs. Please call our office to determine this status is you live in FL, PA, MD, ME, OK, AZ, IN, NV, WV, WA, DC, NJ, NM or PR.

Each state’s counseling licensure board determines the licensing requirements for candidates seeking a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) designation. If you wish to enroll in one of our online offerings and are located in NH, MO, KS or IL, please note that no purely online degree, including that offered by Wake Forest, is sufficient for licensure as an LPC in those states. However, this limitation regarding online courses does not apply to either the school counselor track within the Master of Arts in Counseling program or the Master of Arts in Human Services.

For a directory of state Counseling Boards go to: http://www.counseling.org/Counselors/LicensureAndCert/TP/StateRequirements/CT2.aspx.
For a directory of resources for School Counselor Certification go to: http://www.schoolcounselor.org/content.asp?contentid=242