Master of Arts in Counseling

School of Graduate Studies
Edinboro University

Support and Inspire Those in Need.

Counseling helps people not only face adversity in their lives, but also to overcome those challenges and become stronger. When people need help, Edinboro graduates with a Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling are there for them.

Our program’s mission is simple:

To enhance the intellectual, cultural, social and ethical development of our graduate students. We make that happen by emphasizing complete integration of theory, research and practice. By building these skills, our graduates are able to serve diverse communities and individuals in a wide variety of settings.

Programs include: Art Therapy, Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health, Clinical Mental Health, College Counseling, School Counseling.

Accolades and Recognitions.

With multiple national recognitions for excellence and affordability, we prepare students for careers that make a difference.

Rated a Top Program in the Northeast by Best Counseling Degrees.
Ranked #4 among the 10 Best Deals in Online Master’s in School Counseling Degree Programs by the higher education website Great College Deals.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the largest programmatic accreditor of health science professions in the U.S., granted Edinboro’s Master of Arts in Counseling–Art Therapy the nation’s first standard-compliant accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.
Ranked #8 in the nation by Nonprofit Colleges Online’s “Students Before Profits Award”
The educational website Best Counseling Degrees ranked the program #6 in its list of Best Master’s Degrees in Student Affairs and College Counseling.

Why an MA in Counseling from Edinboro?

At Edinboro, we prepare students to not just make a difference, but build careers doing it.

Accredited.
Edinboro offers a diverse set of programs that allow graduates to make a difference in someone’s life in a wide variety of ways. With accreditations from CACREP, NASAD and CORE, our programs are nationally recognized and several degrees can be earned entirely online.

Faculty Who Care.
Faculty are committed to providing developmentally sound academic and clinical experiences to educate counselors to be effective leader-practitioners in a pluralistic society.

On Your Time and Your Terms.
Degrees can be earned on campus and online.

Top Rated and Ranked.
Rated a Top Program in the Northeast by Best Counseling Degrees and ranked by Great College Deals as one of the 10 Best Deals in Online Master’s in School Counseling Degree Programs.

Projected Growth and Salary

Salary and job growth information obtained from O'NET OnLine.

Art Therapists
14% PA Job Growth, 13% U.S. Job Growth, $41,900 PA Median Salary, $43,200 U.S. Median Salary.

Mariage and Family Therapists
19% PA Job Growth, 31% U.S. Job Growth, $45,900 PA Median Salary, $48,200 U.S. Median Salary.

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
21% PA Job Growth, 31% U.S. Job Growth, $37,100 PA Median Salary, $38,600 U.S. Median Salary.

Mental Health Counselors
20% PA Job Growth, 29% U.S. Job Growth, $40,900 PA Median Salary, $40,600 U.S. Median Salary.

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
6% PA Job Growth, 12% U.S. Job Growth, $52,100 PA Median Salary, $53,600 U.S. Median Salary.

Program Information

Counseling–Art Therapy
Art has the power to transform the way people see the world. And when someone is in need of counseling, art can be one of the most powerful ways to reach, connect and treat them. As the first entirely online Art Therapy program in the nation, Edinboro’s Art Therapy program helps graduates change the lives of the people they work with through art therapy. The program integrates both counseling and visual arts practice, to engage the creative power of art for clinical assessment and treatment. (Learn More)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Counseling helps people not only face adversity in their lives, but also overcome those challenges and become stronger. Edinboro’s Clinical Mental Health program prepares professional counselors to embody ethical behavior, provide services to enhance the mental health and well-being of families, groups, couples and individuals, and advocate on behalf of both the counseling profession and those we serve.

Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Edinboro’s Clinical Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health program prepares graduates to assist persons with physical, cognitive, neurological, mental and emotional disabilities to fully develop their personal, social, interpersonal and vocational potentials. Rooted in a strengths-based, holistic approach, the purpose of the program is to equip students with the specialized knowledge and skills to facilitate the independence, integration and inclusion of persons with disabilities in employment and the community.

College Counseling
A college education can transform a person’s life. Edinboro’s College Counseling program helps prepare graduates to guide students before, during and after that crucial period of their lives. The program provides a high quality learning experience that trains graduate students to work in a variety of collegiate/academic settings. Our graduates receive supervised experiences in the field and are prepared to pass national certification and licensure examinations.

School Counseling
Education provides students with the opportunity to grow, develop and succeed. Edinboro’s School Counseling program ensures our graduates can help guide students through all the opportunity and challenges they face. Program graduates will be competent professional counselors, with knowledge of ethics, theory, clinical skills and school counselor roles and functions. They will learn how to become advocates and educational leaders within a pluralistic school and community that will assist in the academic, career and social development of students.

"The Master of Arts in School Counseling program at Edinboro University is a quality program. The faculty are committed to preparing students to develop their leadership skills and learn to apply them professionally. Having some of the courses in my program offered online is highly beneficial and conducive to my schedule as a Graduate Assistant and president of the Graduate Student Council. The program has supplied me with the knowledge of ethics, theory, human development, and school counselor roles and functions. I am confident that I will graduate ready and prepared to be an advocate for the students I will work with."

Matt Cragg, Expected Graduation: Spring 2020

Edinboro University

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814.732.2000

Contact

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

Dr. Penny Orr, Art Therapy Program Head
Email: porr@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814.732.1684

More on Master of Arts in Counseling

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