Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC)

Aigler BuildingThe Heidelberg University Graduate Counseling Program is dedicated to educating, mentoring, and preparing students with grounding in theory and an emphasis on application to enable graduates to deliver professional counseling services in clinical mental health and/or school settings. Students elect a primary concentration in one of two areas:

Students may also enroll in a license endorsement-only option completing approved academic requirements in the state of Ohio to be eligible for licensure in both clinical mental health and school counseling. This is not a second master's degree. (link to current catalog page 21).

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) is a 48-hour* program designed to meet the national academic and field placement standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage/Family Therapist (OCSWMFT) Board; and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) requirements for students who are seeking licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), or Licensed Professional School Counselor (LPSC).

Additional information about the Program and student expectations is available from:

Accreditation

The 48 hour* Community Counseling and School Counseling concentrations are nationally accredited by CACREP through March 31, 2019. The Community Counseling concentration has been approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage/Family Therapist Board; and the School Counseling concentration has been approved through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Heidelberg University is also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Concentrations

Both concentrations emphasize academic excellence, competence in counseling skills and personal growth with practical experience through closely supervised practicum and internship experiences.

*Note: The Community Counseling program is currently accredited under the CACREP 2001 standards. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into one set of standards as Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The MAC Program intends to apply for the Conversion Review option offered by CACREP. To this end, the title of the Community Counseling concentration has been changed to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration and total curriculum hours have been increased from 48 to 60 hours effective summer, 2014. MAC further intends to seek accreditation for this concentration as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration when it comes up for reaccreditation.

Program and Student Outcomes

Program Accomplishments

  • Our programs are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is the national accrediting body representing standards of excellence in the counseling profession.
  • Our Community Mental Health Counseling program curriculum has been approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.
  • Our School Counseling program curriculum has been approved by the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Our students have a 95% (on average) first time rate for the Praxis II exam and the National Counselor Exam, which are used for licensure in Ohio.
  • Our distinguished faculty is comprised of award winning leaders in the field of counseling who have made significant contributions to the field in their respective areas of interest.
  • Our program utilizes a state of the art counseling lab for training purposes allowing students ample opportunity to develop and practice their professional skills.

Additional information on this program can also be viewed in the Master of Arts in Counseling brochure.