Counseling Education

School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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. Program options include a Master of Arts in School Counseling, Education Specialist in School Counseling, and Education Specialist in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. 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:

  • Employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 22 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as people continue to seek addiction and mental health counseling.
  • Employment of school and career counselors is projected to grow 8 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Increasing school enrollments is expected to lead to employment growth of these workers.

Bureau of Labor and Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, April 2020

Counseling Program Coordinator:

Dr. Rebecca Pender Baum
Associate Professor
Educational Studies, Leadership, and Counseling Department
3217 Alexander Hall, Murray, KY 42071
270-809-6905 (Office) 270-809-3799 (Fax)
msu.counseling@murraystate.edu

Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditations (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following programs in the Department of Educational Studies, Leadership, and Counseling at Murray State University: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Ed.S. degree) and School Counseling (M.A. degree) through October 31, 2022.