Master of Science in Counseling at Northwest Nazarene University
The Counselor Education Department at NNU offers a Master of Science degree in Counseling with three possible majors: Marriage and Family, School, and Clinical Counseling. This program requires students to complete 60 credits hours of coursework over eight semesters (33 months), log 1,000 hours of practicum/internship experience, pass the national comp exam, sit for the NCE exam, complete and present a participatory field research project, and engage in personal growth experiences such as individual and group counseling (as clients). Program graduates typically complete all requirements for licensure while enrolled in the program—including the national exam—and apply for licensure as a counselor after graduation. Upon graduation, students are prepared with the professional competencies necessary for entry level counseling and therapeutic direct service delivery as well as with a base to pursue doctoral level study.
NNU's graduate counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a requirement for licensure in many states. NNU's Adventure Play Therapy Center (Center) is an approved Center of Play Therapy Education by the Association for Play Therapy (APT).