A complete listing of the program requirements is available in the UNLV Graduate Catalog.
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a 60 semester hour program, prepares professional counselors to work in community agencies, educational settings, as well as private practice. As a CACREP accredited program, CED students are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) leading to certification as a National Certified Counselors (NCC). The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program also prepares students to seek licensure as a Clinical Professional Counselor (CPC) in Nevada.
Learn more about this program by reading through the Frequently Asked Questions document.
This handbook contains information essential for graduate students in the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies Counselor Education Program. It is designed to provide students with information necessary to successfully complete graduate studies in the program. Like the Graduate Catalog, the handbook is in effect when a student enrolls and is the final authoritative document outlining the program's requirements. Download the Counselor Education Graduate Student Handbook in PDF format.
Admission into the Clinical and Mental Health Counseling M.S. degree in Counselor Education is a competitive process requiring applicants to meet the standards and criteria of the UNLV Graduate College and the specific requirements of the Department of Counselor Education. Applicants will be responsible for ensuring that their application files are complete and submitted before the appropriate deadline. To this end, applicants will need to include in their application a current e-mail address as all correspondence will be done electronically. The admission process is somewhat complex in that the Graduate College and the Department have separate requirements that applicants will have to meet. Because of this, applicants will need to understand the importance of submitting the proper material to the proper places.
To ensure the most favorable consideration for admission into the M.S. degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, applicants should:
All M.S. degree applicants will upload the following application items, by the appropriate deadline, directly to the Graduate College:
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all application materials well in advance of the deadlines.
A complete listing of forms is also available on the Graduate College Forms page.
A comprehensive examination is required of all students enrolled in the Counselor Education program. The comprehensive exam is taken during the final semester or one semester after students complete all course work. Comprehensive exams are offered only during the fall and spring semesters. COMPREHENSIVE EXAMS ARE NOT OFFERED DURING THE SUMMER. If students will be completing course work during the summer session, the comprehensive exam may be taken during the previous spring semester. Students must have applied for graduation with the Graduate College to be eligible to register for the comprehensive examination.
The comprehensive examination will be administered two times per year on campus. The administration dates will typically be in October and in February. Students will be notified of the location of the exam via email. Comprehensive exam application deadlines are one month prior to the examination date. Students must register with their faculty advisor to take the comprehensive examination. The faculty advisor will advise the program coordinator of intent to take the examination. If students have not received official confirmation from the program coordinator, they will not be permitted to participate in the examination process.
The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) is administered as the comprehensive exam. There is no official study guide for this examination. However, the CPCE website does provide additional information that could prove helpful when preparing for the examination.
Any study materials for this exam can be accessed at the following link: http://www.nbcc.org/Exam
Each student is responsible for paying the administration fee. On the day of the examination, the student will bring a personal check, money order, cashier's check, or money gram made out to CPCE. NO CASH ACCEPTED. This fee is non-refundable!
Students who do not pass the comprehensive examination will be required to retake the exam at the next regular administration. Students may take the examination a maximum of three times. If after the third time a student does not pass the comprehensive exam, then the student may be dismissed from the program or may be required to complete additional coursework or training. Please Note: Students must be enrolled in at least one course in order to take the comprehensive exam.
Enrollment in practicum and internship are considered critical experiences for successful completion of the masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Primary goals of both practicum and internship are to develop counseling skills and to promote the development of the student's professional counselor identity in an organization compatible with their program emphasis area. Practicum and Internship activities will take place at departmentally approved sites with appropriately qualified supervisors where the intern can work with clients appropriate for the student's program emphasis. A list of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum and Internships sites are listed below in the attachment.
Applications for practicum and internship must be filed by the appropriate deadline in the semester before the clinical experience will occur. Students will not be permitted to register for either practicum or internship unless an application is on file with all the necessary departmental and faculty approvals. Students are required to consult with their Advisor regarding these applications in order to ensure that all prerequisites have been met prior to participation in these experiences. All students are required to get fingerprinted prior to the start of practicum and internship. Students should keep an updated fingerprints in their records.
Dr. Chris Wood
Counselor Education Program Coordinator
Room: CEB 244