A Life-Changing Career in Counseling
Do you have the gift of listening and a passion for helping others? As a counselor or therapist, you have the power to help people find comfort, empowerment and life change by objectively listening to their concerns and determining their needs. Let TROY help take your education and career to the next level by pursuing your master’s degree in counseling.
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Graduate Counseling Programs
This master's program is tailored to meet educational standards for state licensure and national counseling credentials. It has been designed to provide students with opportunities to develop their expertise in treatment planning, their knowledge of theory and of normal and pathological development and behavior as well as their understanding of how to apply counseling skills to various agency populations.
TROY's dedicated and celebrated counseling and psychology staff will familiarize you with the laws and regulations that govern the disability field. In class, you'll be equipped to understand the causes and treatments of disabilities as well as various counseling theories and techniques. Your degree will also prepare you to recommend workplace accommodations for individuals with various disabilities, perform labor market and job analyses and facilitate the employment of individuals with disabilities through advocacy and assistance with job searches.
The mission of the Troy University Student Affairs Counseling program is to prepare Student Affairs Counselors to provide competent professional service in all areas of student services counseling at the post-secondary level. It takes an insightful awareness to see all of the many issues and pressures that impact a students success and provide guidance and support to help them reach their highest potential as students and professionals in their chosen areas.
The substance abuse counseling degree prepares counselors to work in substance abuse programs and mental health agencies that deal with addictions and their corresponding difficulties. You will learn how to advise people dealing with issues such as alcoholism and drug abuse and other types of addiction.
A substance abuse counselor will work with their clients to help them become self-sufficient and take control of their dependancies. The nature of substance abuse counseling means that it can be an extremely difficult job at times. It can also be extremely rewarding as this is a job that truly helps people to better themselves and can even save lives.
Through these classes, you will develop the necessary counseling and interpersonal skills needed to manage a school counseling program. You will also learn proactive problem-solving skills and graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of academic, social, psychological and behavioral aspects of a student's life.
This degree provides a post-masters training and experience program to help mental health counselors to prepare for supervision and leadership roles. The Counseling program provides broader experiences in counseling. The knowledge base expands the student’s exposure to theories of counseling, group leadership and specialized areas of study.
The mission of TROY's Department of Counseling and Psychology is to educate and train counseling and psychology professionals by utilizing the highest external standards set by state and national licensing/certifying boards. Highly qualified and knowledgeable faculty members design and deliver counseling and psychology programs through a wide range of instructional techniques.
This graduate counseling certificate is designed to provide counseling and psychology students with knowledge of theory, application of counseling skills particularly as it relates to addictions counseling, knowledge of both normal and pathological development and behavior, and expertise in diagnosis and treatment planning.
The post-master’s certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to provide counseling students with advanced concentration of theory and application skills specifically related to clinical mental health counseling with a conceptual framework of both normal and pathological development and behavior, as well as expertise in diagnosis and treatment planning for mental health disorders.
The post master's certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides an opportunity for current master’s level counselors to enhance their clinical skill set and expand their professional expertise.
NOTE: This is not a CACREP accredited certificate program.
The post-master’s certificate in counseling military populations is designed to provide counseling professionals with advanced concentration of theory and application skills specifically related to working with military members and their families. The program, one of only a few in the U.S., goes beyond simple awareness to include competencies, developmental models and treatment modalities.
Are you working toward or do you currently hold a Master of Science in Counseling? At TROY, you can add value to your degree by earning a graduate certificate in rehabilitation and deaf/hard-of-hearing studies. With a strong emphasis placed on the concepts of diversity and multiculturalism in all of TROY’s Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training courses, this certificate has been created to equip you with the skills and tools needed in your chosen discipline.
Breaking the silence
The certificate in rehabilitation and deaf/hard-of-hearing studies is embedded in TROY’s vocational rehabilitation major. The program was created to bring awareness to the unique needs of the under served within the deaf community, which is, in itself, a diverse culture. Within this certificate program, you will be encouraged to become proficient in American Sign Language in order to better serve the employment and mental health needs of individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
As you work toward earning this graduate certificate, you’ll have opportunities to gain real-world experiences and work with incredible and passionate professionals through internship opportunities spanning a variety of counseling disciplines including clinical mental health, rehabilitation, school counseling and student affairs—depending on your track of intent. This certificate program allows you to complete online courses addressing the struggles of this unique culture including discrimination, isolation, poverty and negative attitudes. You’ll also learn more about issues such as the unique mental health needs of individuals who are deaf including best practices in both mental health counseling and vocational rehabilitation counseling.
A reputation of excellence
Troy University’s Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training Department is one of the largest CACREP accredited programs in the U.S. serving students in Florida, Georgia and Alabama on 10 different campuses. This department also houses one of the nation’s few interpreter training programs in the country, preparing students for positions as American Sign Language interpreters for both schools and state agencies.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the national median salary for interpreters and translators with a bachelor’s degree is approximately $49,930 annually. The BLS also reports that the job outlook for interpreters is projected to grow 19 percent between 2018 and 2028, a rate that is considered much faster than average.
^Courses delivered online with the exception of the internship
Trojans, helping babies, children and their families.
Social and emotional development is something that can be fostered from birth throughout life. However, earlier is always better when addressing problems in these areas for children. If you are someone who has a heart for helping, a love for children and the desire to impact the mental health of our future generations, let Troy University equip you with the skills needed by pursuing your Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate.
During TROY’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate, you will develop a deeper understanding of the trajectory of early human development for infants and children, up to age 5, and their families. You will also learn about influences that lead to mental health well-being and those that push development off track. This is all done while developing or increasing your skills in understanding, testing, evaluating, diagnosing and treatment planning for this age group and their support givers.
Top level instruction
Throughout the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate at TROY, you will benefit from coursework designed by the University’s knowledgeable faculty and licensed mental health professionals. The faculty in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training not only have special skill sets that are invaluable to teaching in this area, but the department is also partnered with “First 5 Alabama” and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education to bring you the best curriculum.
Through the coursework for this Counseling Certificate at TROY you will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning by doing an “in-home visitation” and observing an infant with their family for nearly a year. Your experiences will also be integrated and culminate with a specialized 400-hour internship.
TROY’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate offers a dynamic, collaborative and supportive learning environment. The certificate can be completed in one year (five terms), all online, with the exception of two intensive days during the Internship Class.
A substantial gap of mental health service exists for the 0 to 5 population of children and their families nationally, and especially in the state of Alabama. With the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Counseling Certificate from Troy University, you will become a needed asset to fill this gap.
^Courses delivered online with the exception of the internship
What Can You Do with a Graduate Degree in Counseling?
You can find a fulfilling career with a variety of state, federal and community agencies. These agencies include state vocational agencies and rehabilitation centers. Ask about working in clinical environments.
General counseling is a useful entry-level degree for use in any mental health agency, non-profit, and social work environment.
Student Affairs professional are an integral part of student success in post-secondary education.
Earning your master’s degree in general counseling can open new career options for you within agencies, colleges and schools. Also, in the state of Florida, you may become certified as a school counselor if you complete your practicum hours in a school setting and take the proper required courses, which you can choose as your electives. TROY’s general counseling master’s program is designed to provide students with knowledge of theory and application of counseling skills particularly as it relates to providing general counseling.
TROY’s tuition costs are competitive, and students pay state rates even if they are obtaining their degree in one of our global campus sites in Florida or Georgia. Classes are offered in the evenings or on the weekend, allowing a flexible schedule for those working full-time jobs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- M.S.- Master of Science is the degree designation for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
- M.Ed.- Master of Education is the degree designation for the School Counselor Program (while this program is CACREP accredited, it's also regulated by the Alabama Department of Education).
- Ed.S.- Education Specialist is a post-graduate degree in either School Counseling or Counseling
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics, the average annual salary for someone with a master’s in counseling is $70,000. This can, however, vary greatly depending on where you are located and your employment sector.
That is entirely depending on the career path you choose. While any undergraduate degree can lead to counseling-related jobs, professional counselors will need to complete an undergraduate and a master’s degree in counseling. TROY offers a variety of M.S., Ed. S., M.S. Ed., and certificate programs.
The pathway to becoming a Professional School Counselor (we're no longer referred to as guidance counselors) begins with a bachelor’s degree in social science or education. After completing a bachelor's degree, one would need to apply for admission into a School Counseling program (this is a master's degree). Completing the School Counseling Masters typically includes the following: completion of course work, graduate-level practicum and internship, passing required exams, and apply for certifications and/or licensure.
- Complete a graduate degree in counseling
- Identify and complete the individual state requirements for licensure.
- Apply for and complete a graduate degree in a counseling specialty (clinical mental health, rehabilitation, etc.)
- Identify state requirements for certification as a substance abuse counselor (each state is different)
- There are 3 National Organizations that certify Addiction Counselors: NAADAC, IC&RC, and NBCC.
Time to degree completion is dependent upon the student. However full-time students typically complete all degree requirements in 2 1/2 - 3 years.
Licensure is governed by each individual state- professional licensed counselors are typically referred to as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC)
No, the certificate is a specialization in a specific area. However, having certifications makes one more marketable.