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Special Notice! 

The Western Carolina University Counseling Program is moving to Asheville! As of Summer 2015, all courses will be offered only at the WCU Biltmore Park Instructional Site in Asheville. 

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M.A.Ed School Counseling

M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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The Counseling Program offers two Master’s degrees in the following specialties: School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

The Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) in School Counseling prepares you for employment as a counselor in school settings at elementary, middle, and high school levels and leads to a recommendation for K-12 School Counseling licensure (certification) by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. You may also be eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A).

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares you to work in diverse settings such as mental health facilities, substance abuse centers, community and four-year college counseling centers, non-profit organizations, domestic violence shelters, and more as well as private practice under supervision, moving toward state licensure.

Applications to the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialties may be submitted at any time during the year. Admission decisions, however, are made one time per year. The application deadline is February 1 annually.

The majority of counseling classes during the academic year are taught in three-hour blocks in the evening from 5:00 to 7:50 p.m. at the Western Carolina University Biltmore Park Instructional Site as of Summer 2015. The WCU Biltmore Park Instructional Site is located at 28 Schenck Parkway in Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville. Day classes are available as space allows. 

Summer School
Summer school classes will be required for all students to complete the program; these classes are taught at the WCU Biltmore Park Instructional Site, Asheville. 

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available in the form of graduate assistantships, Chancellor's Fellowships, Graduate School Study Grants, and student loans. Only full-time students are eligible for graduate assistantships. More information about counseling scholarships and financial aid is available here

Transfer of Credit
A limit of six hours of graduate credit can be transferred into the program with the approval of the student’s advisor.  Previous coursework taken to complete an earlier master’s degree cannot be transferred.

Contact us with your questions about the WCU Counseling Program. We look forward to talking with you.


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