The Counseling Graduate Program is administered by the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling and Foundations (ELCF) and is located in the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development at the University of New Orleans. The program in education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the University of New Orleans is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
The Counselor Education Program offers both master’s and doctoral degrees in counseling. Both programs are accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and graduates meet the academic qualifications for becoming a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Louisiana.
The program leading to the M.Ed. degree consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours. Programs of study include core courses essential to all counselors; students also select an emphasis area in school or clinical mental health counseling. Field experiences include a 100-clock-hour practicum and a 600-clock-hour (minimum) internship.
Students may complete the degree program on a part-time basis. Courses are offered in the late afternoons and evenings. Graduates of the program usually are employed as professional counselors in diverse settings such as community mental health agencies, schools, substance abuse treatment programs, residential treatment programs, colleges, social services agencies, and pastoral settings.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree prepares its graduates for faculty and research positions as counselor educators and for leadership positions in the counseling, mental health and consultation professions.
The program leading to the Ph.D. degree consists of a minimum of 117 semester hours, which includes all coursework completed as a part of a master’s degree program. The core curriculum in the Ph.D. program includes 48 hours of required master’s-level counseling courses, 42 hours of doctoral-level courses, 15 hours of research tools, and 12 hours in the emphasis area. All students write a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-method research designed dissertation. Graduates of the program usually are employed in careers that require a doctoral degree, such as careers as university professors of counseling, administrators, or researchers.