Double Majors in School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling-Clinical, and Mental Health Counseling-Rehabilitation

A graduate student enrolled in the master’s program in School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling-Clinical or Mental Health Counseling-Rehabilitation may earn a second degree in counseling by enrolling concurrently in another counselor education track at the University.  In accordance with the Graduate Catalog, “a student must apply to and be accepted by both programs before officially beginning the double degree program” (p. 43).  A student should either apply for and be accepted by both programs at the time of admission or apply for and be accepted to the second program by the end of the second semester* in the first degree program.  The University will not award a double degree if the curricular requirements for both programs have already been met without initial application.

In addition to earning the 60 hours required for the initial degree, students accepted to the double major must complete an internship in both degree areas and must fulfill the prerequisite requirements of all courses. Courses in the Double Major cannot be used as electives in the initial degree.  Double major course requirements are identified below:

Required Courses by Track for the Double Major

School Counseling

Credit Hours
COUN 714 Counseling Exceptional Children 3
COUN 704 School Counseling 3
COUN 706 Organization and Administration of Counseling Programs 3
COUN 712 Counseling School Age Children 3
COUN 785/786 Internships or COUN 787 Internship 6
Total Hours 18

Mental Health Counseling - Clinical

Credit Hours
COUN 707 Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3
COUN 758 Clinical Assessment: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 3
COUN 759 Substance Abuse Counseling 3
COUN 763 Family Counseling** 3
COUN 785/786 Internships or COUN 787 Internship 6
Total Hours 18

Mental Health Counseling - Rehabilitation

Credit Hours
COUN 708 Professional Orientation and Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling 3
COUN 738 Psychopathology and Treatment Planning in Rehabilitation Counseling 3
COUN 743 Medical Aspects and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability 3
COUN 764 Caseload Management and Vocational Planning 3
COUN 775 Career Counseling and Employer Development 3
COUN 785/786 Internships or COUN 787 Internship 6
Total Hours 21

*Summer is not considered a semester for these purposes.

**Students who have taken COUN 763 Family Counseling for the School Counseling degree must take COUN 754 Advanced Theory and Practice of Family Counseling for the double major in Mental Health Counseling – Clinical.

Current students admitted to a counseling program at NCAT and interested in a double counseling major will need to complete the following application.