Counseling and Educational Development (CED)

Counseling, M.S., concentration in Couple and Family Counseling

The Master of Science program prepares students with a high level of evidence-based, ethical, and culturally responsive skill sets to serve clients. The Couple and Family Counseling concentration prepares students to serve as couple and family counselors, and to work with individuals through a systems approach, in a variety of counseling settings. 

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Example Careers

  • Working in counseling agencies with diverse client populations
  • Providing in-home counseling for children and families
  • Working with children and youth involved in the foster care system
  • Serving clients impacted by domestic violence and other forms of family violence
  • Providing inpatient and outpatient counseling services.

Experiential Learning

Students in the Couple and Family Counseling track have many opportunities to develop couple and family counseling skills. Beginning in their first semester, students complete a practicum in which they observe the duties and responsibilities of a practitioner in this specialty area.  Specific skills training occurs in core courses, in an advanced practicum in the Nicholas A. Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic, and in a 600-hour internship in a local agency, hospital, private practice, or other organization whose mission is to serve families.


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The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice.

Students in this track should refer to the following websites for this information:

American Counseling Association State Professional Counselor Licensure Boards page

American Association of State Counseling Boards Members page


Our goal is for every student in the School of Education (SOE) to be able to focus on their studies and not on student debt. A variety of financial aid is available to our students, including scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. We invite you to explore the many scholarship opportunities offered in the School of Education.