Degree Requirements

  • Mental health counseling graduate students must earn a total of 60 credits to graduate that include 17 courses and four internships spread over six terms, each term being four months for a total of 24 months. 
  • A maximum of nine credits may be transferred from a regionally accredited institution if a final grade of B or above was obtained, and if courses are consistent with concentration requirements.
  • The College authorizes the awarding of a Master of Science degree in Human Services for an approved "B" average or better.

Coursework

The mental health counseling concentration is a full-time hybrid program, with half of its courses taking place online, and the other half taking place in classes one weekend a month. Face-to-face classes also have an online component. All courses are three credits each.

Online/hybrid Learning

All mental health counseling courses have an online component. Either they are offered online (as indicated in parentheses in the Curriculum Sequence), or they have an online component that accounts for 25 to 30 percent of the course learning. Moodle, the learning management system for Springfield College, allows students and instructors to continue their engagement in learning activities between classes. Students must complete the online Moodle orientation to ensure familiarity with this system. Access the link entitled Moodle Student Orientation Courses that appears at the top left in all of your Moodle classrooms. It is highly recommended that each student have his or her own personal computer with Internet access.

Mental Health Counseling Practicum Requirement

Mental health counseling students are required to complete 1,000 hours of supervised work in an internship while enrolled in the master's program. There are four internships that are part of the curriculum, occurring in terms three through six. Therefore, students must complete 250 hours of supervised work for each of those four terms. The internships hours are in addition to the student's regular work hours. The table below shows the sequence of courses by term.

Curricular Sequence for Full-time, Fall Entry (6 Terms, 24 months)

Fall Term (12 credits)

MMHC 647 Counseling Theories 3 credits
MMHC 629 Counseling Skills and Modalities 3 credits
MMHC 613 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice (online) 3 credits
MMHC 644 Counseling Community Settings (online) OR 3 credits
     MMHC 660 Treatment Modalities (online)

Spring Term (9 credits)

MCCP 630 Group Counseling Skills 3 credits
MMHC 617 Diagnosis and Psychopathology 3 credits
MCCP 648 Multicultural and Diversity Counseling (online) 3 credits

Summer Term (9 credits)

MMHC 627 Human Growth and Development (online) 3 credits
MMHC 667 Research and Evaluation 3 credits
MMHC 681 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum/Internship I 3 credits

Fall Term (12 credits)

MMHC 612 Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Counselors (online) 3 credits
MMHC 643 Career Development Theory and Practice (online) 3 credits
MMHC 639 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment 3 credits
MMHC 682 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II 3 credits

Spring Term (9 credits)

MMHC 683 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship III 3 credits
MMHC 635 Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling 3 credits
MMHC 641 Human Sexuality (online) 3 credits

Summer Term (9 credits)

MMHC 684 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship IV 3 credits
MMHC 637 Psychological Testing and Assessment (online) 3 credits
MMHC 623 Crisis Counseling Interventions 3 credits
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