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Counseling Programs





 School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Counseling Program Coordinator
Dr. Alan Bakes 

Educational Studies, Leadership, and Counseling Department
3218 Alexander Hall, Murray, KY  42071
270-809-3799 (Fax)

The Counselor Education (CNS) Program at Murray State University is dedicated to providing quality education and training for individuals pursuing a profession in the field of counseling or school psychology. Program options include a Master of Arts in School Counseling and an Education Specialist with emphasis in School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Psychology, as well as related school counseling and school psychology endorsements. These programs are designed for persons with an academic and/or experiential background in the helping professions such as, but not limited to, education, social work, psychology, and communication disorders. Professional Counseling is a dynamic and invaluable career in today’s world of mental health care and is a necessary and compatible companion to other mental health professions.

Career Outlook – According to the United States Department of Labor –

  • “Overall employment of counselors is expected to increase by 18 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. However, growth is expected to vary by specialty.”
  • “Employment for educational, vocational, and school counselors is expected to grow by 14 percent . . .”
  • “Employment of mental health counselors is expected to grow by 24 percent . . .”

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition

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