Counseling and Educational Psychology

Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling

Students who wish to become licensed mental health counselors should pursue the mental health counseling Ed.S. This 65-credit degree program will prepare students to earn licensure and provide counseling and therapy services to individuals, groups, couples, and families in an agency or private-practice setting.  This degree program is only available on the Bloomington campus.

Students gain advanced competence through experience in:

  • Clinical assessment of individuals, couples, and families
  • Case conceptualization
  • Intervention skills from a wide range of theoretical systems
  • Research experience through a qualifying project or comprehensive examination

Degree Requirements (65 cr.)

Major Requirements (45 cr.)

  • G502 Professional Orientation and Ethics (3 cr.)
  • G505 Individual Appraisal: Principles and Procedures (3 cr.)
  • G510 Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G522 Counseling Theories (3 cr.)
    (Must be taken concurrently with G523.)
  • G523 Laboratory in Counseling and Guidance (3 cr.)
    (Must be taken concurrently with G522.)
  • G524 Practicum in Counseling (3 cr.)
    (Pre-requisite:  G522 and G523, or equivalents.)
  • G532 Introduction to Group Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G550 Internship in Counseling (6 cr.)
  • G552 Career Counseling: Theory/Practice (3 cr.)
  • G563 Mental Health Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G575 Multicultural Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G598 Seminar in Professional Issues (3 cr.)
  • G615 Psychopathology and Advanced Diagnosis (3 cr.)
  • G647 Advanced Internship in Counseling (3 cr.)

Inquiry (6 cr.)

  • Y520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)

Select one course from the approved Inquiry Course list. (3 cr.)

A list of approved inquiry courses may be found at

Cognate Requirements (9 cr.)

The cognate must have integrity in its own right and must complement the major. The cognate field must demonstrate wholeness within itself and contribute to the student's overall program. Cognates are usually formulated within a single program area. Major area courses may not be used in the cognate.

Elective Requirements (5 cr.)

  • P514 Life Span Development: Birth-Death (3 cr.)
    (If not included in the cognate)

Other coursework in Anthropology, Evaluation, Sociology, and Psychology may be used.  Courses may include but are not limited to:

  • G567 Marriage and Family Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G581 Workshop in counseling and Guidance (1-3 cr.)
  • G590 Research in Counseling and Guidance (1-3 cr.)
  • G622 Advanced Theories of Counseling (3 cr.)
  • G632 Advanced Group Leadership (3 cr.)
  • G654 Seminar in Career Development: Theory and Research (3 cr.)
  • G672 Human Sexuality:  Introduction to Therapy (3 cr.)
  • G785 Topical Seminar in Counseling and Guidance (1-3 cr.)

Capstone Project or Comprehensive Examination

At the end of coursework, students will complete a comprehensive examination or capstone project which constitutes the capstone/culminating experience for the Ed.S. program.

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