Master of Arts in Counseling-Art Therapy
School of Graduate Studies and Research
Edinboro University

Engage the creative power of art for clinical assessment and treatment.

Picture a Better Way to Provide Care.

Art has the power to transform the way people see the world. And when someone is in need of counseling it can be one of the powerful ways to reach, connect and treat them.

At Edinboro, we integrate both counseling and visual arts practice, to engage the creative power of art for clinical assessment and treatment. Our Master of Arts in Counseling–Art Therapy prepares graduates to use creativity and the arts to provide impactful treatment.

Our program received the first national accreditation in art therapy and is ready to help you build a dynamic career.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Use the creative power of art to change someone’s life.

The Counseling-Art Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) granted by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Why an MA in Art Therapy from Edinboro?

Edinboro’s Master of Arts in Counseling-Art Therapy is the nation’s first standard-compliant accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education granted by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the largest programmatic accreditor of health science professions in the country.

Our program offers three pathways to a career in art therapy:

Master of Arts in Counseling-Art Therapy

We provide training for students dedicated to achieving excellence in counseling, art therapy education, research, and clinical and community service while fostering the highest ethical standards. The program integrates both counseling and visual arts practice, engaging the creative power of art for clinical assessment and treatment. Edinboro’s art therapy program is ranked #8 in the nation by Nonprofit Colleges Online’s “Students Before Profits Award,” approved by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Commission on Accreditation, and meets the educational requirements, according to the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), to qualify students for registration as an art therapist.

● Program can be completed 100% online or with a mix of on-campus courses and online courses.
● 60-credit graduate program designed using the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) educational guidelines.
● Provides students with the educational requirements to attain credentials as a nationally Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
● Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Master of Arts in Counseling-Clinical Mental Health with Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy

This program prepares students as clinical mental health counselors with an emphasis in art therapy. Students receive an MA in Counseling-Clinical Mental Health with a certificate in Art Therapy. The MA program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Art Therapy certificate program is approved by National Association of School of Art and Design (NASAD) Commission on Accreditation and meets the educational requirements, according to the ART Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB), to qualify you for your Registration as an Art Therapist (ATR). This program is designed to meet American Art Therapy Association (AATA) requirements.

Graduates of the program meet educational requirements for registration as an art therapist as well as requirements to be eligible for state Licensure as a Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy

The nationally ranked Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy program trains current mental health practitioners in art therapy approaches and techniques to qualify them to apply for their Registered Art Therapist (ATR) Credentials. The program focuses on art therapy practice, theory, assessment, ethics and professional functioning.

With a Master of Arts in Counseling-Art Therapy degree from Edinboro, you will be prepared for a career where you can truly make a difference.

Contact

Dr. Penelope Orr, Program Head
Email: porr@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814.732.1684

Dr. Adrienne Dixon, Program Head
Email: amdixon@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814.732.1932

Edinboro University

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814.732.2000