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Professional Counseling Concentration | Graduate Degree Program

Professional Counseling Concentration

On-site in Arizona

As a Master’s in Counseling student at Ottawa University, you can pursue your degree in one of these areas:

  • Christian Counseling
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Gerocounseling
  • Treatment of Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation
  • Professional Counseling

At Ottawa University’s graduate school, our programs are designed to meet the education requirements of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners in Professional Counseling. However, final decisions on licensure are left up to individual state licensing boards.

Online with Partial Residency

If you’re looking for an online Master’s degree program in counseling, consider choosing Ottawa University. Through a combination of online coursework and a residency component held at our Phoenix, Arizona, campus during January, you can develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a confident and compassionate counseling professional.

Degree Requirements

To make completing your coursework easier, we’ve divided our online counseling degree into a recommended yearly schedule, which includes a field placement component consisting of nine semester credit hours, completed in eight terms, for a total of 900 client contact hours. During the field component portion of this program, you will work in a community behavioral health agency for around 15 hours per week and get hands-on, in-person experience.

To be eligible to start field placement, you must have:

  1. Completed no less than 18 semester credit hours
  2. Taken and earned no less than a “B” in the following four courses
    1. Counseling Theories
    2. Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling
    3. Counseling and the Helping Professions
    4. Advanced Psychodiagnostics, Treatment Planning and Program Evaluation
  3. Be in “good standing,” academically. You cannot be on academic probation or considered as provisional acceptance status

If you’re looking for online counseling degrees, our counseling program could be right for you. At Ottawa University, our online graduate program in counseling is designed to meet the education requirements of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners in Professional Counseling. However, because licensing and certification requirements vary by state, final decisions on licensure are left up to individual state licensing boards.

To learn more about our online graduate program in counseling, contact us today. We would be happy to answer any questions you have.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

Professional Counseling is offered at the following locations.

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) meets the educational requirements in Arizona for licensure as an associate counselor. Students have the option of completing concentrated areas of study. The post-master's certificates of advanced graduate studies (CAGS) is a program reserved for master's level professional who have received a master's degree in counseling or a related field. Students may be eligible to waive practicum requirements and substitute and approved elective if they are licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavior Health Examiners and have two years of work experience as a substance abuse counselor. Students must receive approval from the director of counseling. Additionally, Ottawa University offers students the opportunity to gain deeper knowledge in a specialty area by completing one of six concentrations.

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
Almost all courses in Ottawa University’s programs are available online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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