Department of
Counselor Education


Clinical Counseling Program


Program Description

The field of counseling offers exciting and rapidly growing career opportunities, with a variety of specialty areas available for professional practice. The Clinical Counseling program at Emporia State University offers flexibility in preparing candidates, with courses online and at the Emporia campus.

The Clinical Counseling program offers a 60 credit hour curriculum, which meets educational standards as set forth by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). Clinical Counseling graduates are eligible to apply for several national-level certifications and for professional licensing in Kansas. Depending on which concentration graduates have completed, they typically apply to become NAADAC-certified addiction counselors, the NBCC-nationally certified counselors and/or certified mental health counselors, and/or CRCC-certified rehabilitation counselors.

Degree candidates integrate classic and contemporary counseling theories to establish a professional foundation based on their own worldviews, applying theory and techniques tailored specifically to meet each client’s worldviews. Candidates develop general counseling skills such as establishing the counseling relationship; client needs assessment; substance use screening; individual and group therapy, crisis intervention and trauma care; career counseling; and program evaluation. Each candidate selects a counseling concentration to develop competencies for counseling with specific populations such as substance users; veterans; senior citizens, families, adolescents, and children; and persons experiencing intellectual, emotional, sensory, and/or physical disabilities.

Clinical Counseling candidates engage in 700 clock hours of practical experience in one or more counseling settings, including addiction, emergency shelter, residential, public, and private organizations. Candidates are encouraged to obtain practicum and internship sites suited to their chosen counseling concentration and career interests. Throughout these high-impact learning activities, candidates receive clinical supervision from licensed instructors on a weekly basis.


Clinical Counseling Master's Degree Options

The purpose of the clinical counseling program is to prepare counselors to serve individuals and families experiencing a range of social justice and wellness concerns. There are three areas of study:

  1. Addiction Counseling;
  2. Clinical Mental Health Counseling; and,
  3. Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling.

Students entering the Clinical Counseling program must select only one of these concentrations. Each concentration meets Kansas state licensing requirements. Additionally, program graduates are eligible to apply for national credentialing. Applicants pursuing the dual curriculum option in Art Therapy Counseling and Clinical Counseling must make application to each program separately.



Accreditation entails a rigorous process of review by an independent, national entity to ensure that a set of established educational standards are adequately incorporated in program instruction. The Clinical Counseling curriculum is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accrediting body.


Length of Program

The Clinical Counseling program presents a logical and developmental course sequence for full-time, part-time, on-campus, and distance students. Candidates begin their studies by taking foundational courses, which supports developmental learning to reach the capstone practical experience and successful program completion.

See the Clinical Counseling Program of Study.


Admission Requirements

Persons wishing to pursue a master's degree in Clinical Counseling are required to make application through the Graduate School in addition to being admitted by the department. Applicants should complete all of the necessary admission requirements prior to their initial enrollment in courses. An admissions committee composed of faculty members will consider the following criteria in deciding whether or not to recommend an applicant for admission:

  1. Complete Graduate School Application.
  2. Official transcripts showing earned BS, BA, BFA, or BSE degree.
  3. Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale or a 3.25 on the last 60 semester hours, and/or graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Writing style and content of program application.
  5. Education and employment history: Please mention any volunteer or work experience with special populations in online application.
  6. Three (3) references, at least one (1) from a current or former supervisor if relevant. Reference forms are available at the Graduate School website, however, letters are preferred.
  7. Interview with faculty. Interviews may be conducted in person or via distance technology.
  8. Complete the Department of Counselor Education Graduate Student Application, or by contacting the Department at 620-341-5220.
  9. Prerequisite of, or concurrent enrollment in, Abnormal Psychology.

Additional admissions requirements for dual curriculum Art Therapy Counseling and Clinical Counseling applicants:

  • Completed Art Therapy Counseling graduate student application, available at the Graduate School website or by contacting the Department at 620-341-5220
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a target score of 300 (verbal and quantitative);
  • Prerequisite of 18 semester hours of psychology to include Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology;
  • 18 hours of studio art coursework; and,
  • Electronic portfolio with 15-20 examples of artwork demonstrating competence with a range of media.


Degree Requirements

Degree Candidacy Requirements

Candidacy is the formal approval for pursuit of the master's degree after it is determined that all specified criteria have been met. Upon completion of six to twelve credit-hours, students should make application for Degree Candidacy through their advisor. Requirements for degree candidacy are as follows:

  • Degree plan filed through student's advisor.
  • Maintain a B average with no grade lower than B in core courses.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete an approved program of study as developed and approved by your faculty advisor.
  2. Apply for degree candidacy.
  3. Pass a written comprehensive examination (taken during the final semester of enrollment). Students need to sign-up for this examination during their final semester of internship. An alternative to the comprehensive examination is completion of a master’s level thesis.
  4. Complete an Intent to Graduate Form.


Contact Us

For more information, please call Counselor Education at 620-341-5220, or email Ms. Carleen Dvorak, administrative specialist.