Our program is designed for qualified college graduates of any age who want to become licensed mental health counselors. It’s evening course format allows those who are currently working daytime hours to continue their professional education while employed. It will prepare you for the two years of supervised, post-master’s degree, clinical experience that Florida and other states require counselors to have before taking the state licensing exam. We’ll also equip you to take and pass the the licensing exam for counseling required by the Department of Health in Florida..
In our track for the Master of Science in Professional Counseling, you’ll study the history of psychotherapies and the latest developments in mental health skills and strategies. We’ll approach, the work of secular theorists through the critical lens of a Christian worldview. Students also will learn how counselors can collaborate with pastors and healthcare professionals. Classes are taught during evenings at our Lakeland, Florida, campus. Our program also is flexible; while students can complete their course work in as little as 22 months, students also can pace themselves and choose the number of courses they take each semester.
Hands-on fieldwork with working professionals is the crux of our degree. Students already working in human services may be able to complete their internships while taking classes in the evenings. Others may opt to focus on internships once their course work is complete. Whenever you are ready to begin applying the skills you’re acquiring, our experienced behavioral and social science faculty members will help you find a place to gain experience. For more the 20 years, they’ve been connecting students with human services agencies in central Florida. Southeastern’s graduate students have worked with private practice psychologists, rape and recovery centers, para-church ministries, mental health facilities, and agencies affiliated with the United Way. Southeastern’s professors are working professionals who remain active with professional organizations, such as the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS).
After Southeastern, you’ll be ready to register for the two years of supervised experience—and the licensing exam—that Florida and other states require of graduates who want to become mental health counselors. If education is more your calling, additional classes will certify you to become a school guidance counselor. Southeastern’s Some students with the Master of Science in Professional Counseling proceed to doctoral study in psychology or counselor education.
|Students must have taken the following undergraduate course before entering Southeastern’s M.S. in Professional Counseling program (or must complete them while enrolled prior to completion of the 1st semester in the program:)|
|Introduction to Psychology (or General Psychology)|
|Theories of Personality|