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 Masters 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).
Comprehensive & Balanced Core Curriculum
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 society. You’ll learn how to better understand and effectively communicate with people at all life stages, in all socio-economic conditions, via a core curriculum that includes the study of:
- 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 Masters of Counseling Students
Wake Forest University’s online Master of Arts in Counseling program also supplies clinical instruction with practicum and internship experiences, as well as a professional identity capstone course that will further define your goals in one of these two specialty areas:
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 twelfth 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. Our goal is to help you find your place in the world upon graduating with your master’s degree 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.