Program Continuance

The Counseling faculty maintain a commitment to quality instruction and training of professional counselors and have an ethical obligation to the profession and the community to insure that persons who are graduated meet professional standards of preparation. Unfortunately, it is possible that not all students are capable of becoming competent counseling professionals who will maintain the standards of the profession. As such, the Department of Counseling has developed a process on student retention whereby students who exhibit behaviors inconsistent with institutional or professional standards (as outlined under the Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association, the NCAT Graduate Catalog, the Council on Rehabilitation Education, and the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association) will be transitioned out of the program and, if possible, into a different area of study.

According to Graduate School policy, students enrolled in master's degree programs must complete their program requirements within six successive calendar years. Any variations need to be approved by the Graduate School Dean. See the Graduate Bulletin for additional information.

Ethical Conduct

Each student is expected to maintain appropriate academic and professional deportment.  Specifically, students are expected to exhibit a respect for and openness to the views of others regardless of individual differences, to adhere to appropriate professional standards of conduct, and to document paper and presentations thoroughly in keeping with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Violations of ethical conduct are dispatched in accord with the departmental ethical standards. Students who violate sound ethical practice jeopardize their standing in the Department. See the Department of Counseling Ethical Conduct Policy.