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Master of Science in Professional Counseling

At Southeastern, our approach to therapy is holistic — that is, we train counselors to be concerned not only about a person’s mind but also about his or her body and spirit. Southeastern’s 60 credit hour Master of Science in Professional Counseling will train you to provide this higher degree of service. During your weekly evening courses, you will study the history and theories of diverse psychotherapies and the latest developments in mental health skills and strategies, all through the lens of a Christian worldview. Gain the required skills and knowledge to become a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida.You will learn to collaborate with other health care professionals as well as pastors. Additionally, you will gain valuable hands-on experience through your internship, where you’ll begin applying the skills you’re acquiring. Our professors have multiple years of clinical experience in various settings, and they use their professional connections to place students in agencies that provide counseling services within central Florida and beyond.

Our graduate students and alumni have served in private practices, rape and recovery centers, parachurch ministries, mental health facilities and agencies affiliated with the United Way. When you graduate from SEU with your Master of Science in Professional Counseling, you will be prepared to successfully navigate your two years of supervised, postmaster’s degree clinical experience. This is required by the state of Florida along with successful completion of the licensing examination to qualify as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Attend convenient evening courses two nights per week at our beautiful Lakeland campus.

Program Details

45 hours of major core courses
15 hours of experiential courses
Total credit hours — 60

Cost per credit hour — $525
Estimated total tuition cost — $31,500

Financial Aid

We have Financial Aid staff dedicated specifically to graduate students. These staff members can assist you with coordinating employer assistance benefits, church-matching scholarships, federal aid, private loans, and military benefits. Convenient payment plans are also available.

Sample Core Courses

Complete syllabi for any course available upon request of department staff/faculty.

  • Foundations of Counseling (PCOU 5003) — This course examines the foundations of the helping relationship, the philosophic bases of counseling and consultation theory, practices and application.
    Development of interpersonal skills, counselor self-awareness and opportunities in the counseling profession are emphasized.
  • Community Counseling (PCOU 5063) — This course examines counseling practices in relation to adults, children and adolescents in the community setting and the role and function of the counselor as a partner in the community. Focus is on available resources, developmental needs and age-related issues. Special problems of physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse, suicide and grief are examined.
  • Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment (PCOU 5083) — This course is designed to prepare students to assess and treat specific clinical problems (e.g., anxiety disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders). The focus will be on assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional and behavioral problems using standardized diagnostic terms.
  • Counseling Special Populations and Groups (PCOU 5123) — This course examines the impact of the cultural context of relationships and provides an analysis of the issues and trends related to a multicultural society. This course examines some of the major cultural groups in the United States and the implications of cultural diversity for counseling practice.

The Master of Science programs in Professional Counseling, School Counseling, and Marriage and Family Counseling at Southeastern University strive to:

  1. Educate and train students from a Christian worldview that is grounded in, informed by, and shaped by the beliefs and practices of the Christian faith.
  2. Prepare and train competent mental health counselors, school counselors, and marriage and family therapists to work with individuals, couples, families, groups, agencies and organizations from an appropriately diverse clinical perspective.
  3. Intentionally integrate theology and counseling in the process of education and training, emphasizing a balanced approach to emotional, social, spiritual, personal, and professional growth and development.

Foundations of Counseling

Counseling Theories and Practice

Research Methods

Group Theory and Counseling

Human Growth and Development

Community Counseling

Professional Ethics

Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment

Human Sexuality

Individual Evaluation and Assessment

Counseling Special Populations and Groups

Career and Lifestyle Development

Substance Abuse Counseling

Integration of Psychology and Theology

Counseling Practicum I and II

Internship I and II

Mental health counselor

Substance abuse counselor