Counselor Education

Department of Child, Family, and Community Sciences

Graduate Certificates

Career Counseling

The Graduate Certificate in Career Counseling is designed to provide advanced training to students and practicing counselors who want to provide career counseling and consultation services. The Career Certificate requires the completion of three graduate courses addressing foundations, theories, assessment, techniques, and applications of career counseling and development.

Play Therapy

The Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy is designed to provide advanced training to students and practicing counselors who want to provide play therapy services to clients. The Play Therapy Certificate requires the completion of four graduate courses addressing foundations, advanced theories, group and family, and applications of play therapy. Those who complete the Certificate will meet the educational requirements for national certification in play therapy through the Association for Play Therapy (APT).

The Association for Play Therapy (APT) offers three credentials by which licensed mental health professionals and school counselors/psychologists might demonstrate and promote their specialized play therapy knowledge and training. Graduates who wish to practice in another country, may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edstudserv@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

The Graduate Certificate in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy is designed to provide advanced training to students (those in the Counselor Education Program and the School of Social Work) and practicing counselors and therapists who want to provide services to families, couples, and children. The program is composed of five graduate courses addressing family systems, working with couples and family therapy theories, and advanced counseling techniques. Those who complete the Certificate will meet the educational requirements for Florida Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Master’s Degree Programs

Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy (MA)

The Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy Master of Arts (MA) program prepares students for licensure in marriage and family therapy and practice in agencies, private practice, and other settings. Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), the program meets all requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Medical Quality Assurance for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Graduates of the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy M.A. program who wish to practice in another U.S. state or country, may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edgrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)

The Master of Arts (MA) in Counselor Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track, is designed to educate and prepare individuals interested in working as mental health counselors in community mental health settings, institutions, hospitals, schools, and private practice. Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), the program meets all requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Medical Quality Assurance for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor.

Graduates of the Mental Health M.A. program who wish to practice in another U.S. state or country, may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edgrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

School Counseling (MA)

The Master of Arts (MA) in Counselor Education, School Counseling track is designed for those students who have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than education who plan to seek certification as a professional school counselor in pre-K through postsecondary school settings. Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), the School Counseling track is a state approved initial teacher preparation program that meets all requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Education for certification as a Guidance Counselor.

The Counselor Education-School Counseling M.A. program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Guidance and Counseling (PK-12) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program who have passed all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator's Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country, may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edgrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

School Counseling (MEd)

The Master of Education (MEd) in Counselor Education, School Counseling track is designed for those students who are certified educators (and/or those who completed their bachelor’s degree in education) who plan to seek certification as a professional school counselor in pre-K through postsecondary school settings. Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), the School Counseling track is a state approved initial teacher preparation program that meets all requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Education for certification as a Guidance Counselor.

The Counselor Education-School Counseling M.Ed. program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Guidance and Counseling (PK-12) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program who have passed all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country, may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edgrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Education Specialist

School Counseling (EdS)

The Specialist in Education (EdS) in Counselor Education, School Counseling track is designed for those students who are certified educators, who have their master’s degree in education, and who plan to seek certification as a professional school counselor in pre-K through postsecondary school settings. The School Counseling Ed.S. track meets all requirements as outlined by the Florida Department of Education for certification as a Guidance Counselor.

The Counselor Education-School Counseling Ed.S. program meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Guidance and Counseling (PK-12) in the State of Florida. Graduates of this Florida state-approved teacher preparation program who have passed all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), will qualify for a Professional Florida Educator’s Certificate. Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country, may require additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries. Therefore, if you intend to pursue such credentialing in another state or elsewhere, it is advised that you to contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if this program meets the applicable eligibility criteria. If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact edgrad@ucf.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Doctor of Philosophy

Counselor Education (PhD)

The Counselor Education track in the Education PhD program is designed for those students who wish to pursue careers as counselor educators at the university level and/or to serve as supervisors in schools and/or agencies. Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), the program offers both advanced curricular experiences in counseling as well as courses designed to examine the fundamental issues and theory of teaching adults in higher education, research, supervision, and consultation. The doctoral program prepares professionals to become leaders in research, teaching, supervision, and counseling. Nationally recognized faculty work closely with students to offer mentorship and supervision in each of these areas.