School of Education

Master of Education/Educational Specialist Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Counselor Education Department Mission Statement: 

The faculty of the Counselor Education Program is dedicated to educating counselor education professionals as scholar practitioners to function in culturally diverse settings. This program utilizes an experiential and theory-to-practice model emphasizing development, prevention, and intervention. The program areas are designed to provide challenging, yet supportive environments that promote professional orientation, commitment to inquiry, and self-awareness.

The faculty is dedicated to the recruitment, retention, and education of diverse professionals. In order to prepare counselor education professionals, the faculty, through a program of planned educational experiences, attempts to develop in each graduate:

  • Respect for the dignity and worth of all individuals
  • Commitment to the fulfillment of human potential
  • An understanding of educational and counseling processes
  • Knowledge in the counseling program area
  • Ethical competencies
  • Commitment to inquiry
  • Self-awareness
  • Advocacy dispositions

Please see the Counselor Education Handbook for general information.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Thank you for your interest in the Master of Education/Educational Specialist degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Clemson University. This CACREP-accredited program is dedicated to preparing counselors who possess the skills and dispositions to work effectively with diverse populations and to engage in data-driven practices. Students completing the M.Ed./Ed.S. degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling can find employment working with children, adults, and/or families in any number of settings, including but not limited to: mental health counseling agencies, behavioral health settings, addiction treatment centers, group homes, residential treatment centers, hospitals, and private practice settings. Information is available about clinical mental health counseling students, including admissions and enrollment data, graduation and employment, and National Counselor Exam outcomes. The 2012-13 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Annual Report documents other program data and modifications.

The program and program faculty reside in the Department of Leadership, Counselor Education, and Human and Organizational Development. Current program faculty include Dr. David Scott, Dr. Corrine Sackett, Dr. Jerry Neal, and Dr. Elaine Hiott. Dr. Amy Milsom serves as the program coordinator.

Dr. Jerry Neal and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Students

Students may complete the program on a part-time or full-time basis. The full-time program can be completed in two years, including one summer. All students must complete the program in six years. Courses are taught late afternoon and evenings, Monday through Thursday, at 3:30 or later. Approximately half of the courses are taught at Clemson University and the other half at the University Center in Greenville during each semester. Full-time students will need to travel back and forth to both locations, and carpooling is encouraged. Most students tend to live in Clemson or Greenville. Typically the program does not offer online classes.

Clemson's program in clinical mental health counseling is designed to help students meet the degree, coursework, and practicum requirements in South Carolina to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential after graduation.

Applicants for the MEd/EdS Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are only reviewed once a year for consideration for either a summer or a fall semester start. The application deadline is February 1 – and by this date ALL application materials (see required documents below) must be submitted. Application files that are complete by February 1 will be screened, and individuals who pass the initial screening will be invited to a group interview to be held sometime in February or early March. Final decisions will be made after interviews are finished, typically near the beginning of March.

The clinical mental health counseling program does not accept transfer students per se. That is, individuals who have started working on a graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling at another institution must apply to this program in the same way as any applicant. Clemson can accept up to 12 graduate course credits from another institution. Transfer courses must meet the requirements of a Clemson graduate course and have been taken within six years from the date you will complete your graduate degree.

Required Documents

The application process can be started by clicking the "Apply Now" link. Most materials can be submitted online, but any supporting materials must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions so that they can be officially processed and added to your file: Office of Graduate Admissions, 
Clemson University, 
E-209 Martin Hall
, Clemson, SC 29634.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Students

Helpful Tips for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Applicants:
The clinical mental health counseling program faculty seeks to admit a diverse applicant pool, and we review applicant files comprehensively. We try to admit approximately 20 students per year, and we have a very competitive admissions process. The stronger your application, the better chance you have of being offered admission. The applicant pool varies from year to year, however, so it is not possible for us to convey specifics regarding test scores or other factors. General characteristics about students who have been admitted are in the “Information about Students” document.

We want to bring in students who have the potential to succeed in graduate school. Strong applicants show evidence of academic success (e.g., undergraduate GPA>3.00), potential for success in graduate school (e.g., evidenced by GPA, GRE scores, and recommendation letters), and analytical thinking skills (e.g., analytical writing section of the GRE). We do not require any GRE Subject tests.

In addition to possessing academic potential, applicants ideally should have some background in psychology or a related area. Priority will be given to individuals who possess some knowledge of mental health issues through coursework, research experience, and/or volunteer or paid work experiences.

We also look for individuals who have an ability to work well with others and a desire to become culturally competent. Application essay questions provide an opportunity for applicants to address these areas, and the interview process allows faculty to explore these areas further.

Finally, we expect applicants to have some knowledge of clinical mental health counseling and to be able to articulate what, in particular, about the profession interests them, especially in comparison to other related mental health professions (like social work, psychology, etc.). Applicants are encouraged to chat with or briefly shadow people who are currently working as mental health counselors, and to explore the differences between counselors, psychologists, and social workers. More information about mental health counseling can be found through the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

The MEd/EdS degree program in clinical mental health counseling requires 60 credit hours that are designed to be developmental in nature, and appropriate course sequencing is vital to ensure proper counseling skill development.  If you already have a master's degree in counseling, you would be eligible to pursue our 30 credit EdS degree program in counselor education. Students are required to meet with their assigned adviser before enrolling in any course. The following courses are required for the 60-credit MEd/EdS degree program:

EDC 8050 Clinical Mental Health Counseling 


EDC 8100 Theories/Techniques of Counseling 


EDC 8110 Multicultural Counseling 


EDC 8120 Career Counseling 


EDC 8130 Appraisal Procedures 


EDC 8140 Development of Counseling Skills 


EDC 8150 Group Counseling 

EDC 8160 Introduction to Couples and Family Counseling
EDC 8180 Psychopathology for Counselors 


EDC 8210 Counseling Psychodiagnosis
EDC 8220 Addictions Counseling
EDC 8230 Advanced Counseling Techniques and Strategies
EDF 8010 Human Growth and Development 




EDL 8390 Research in Educational Leadership 


Approved Elective (3 credits) 


EDC 8360 Clinical Mental Health Practicum 


EDC 8460 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship (2 semesters)

In addition to the coursework and field experience requirements, during their final year in the program students must successfully complete a written final examination.

More Information about the Field Experiences:
Through the two field experiences courses (i.e., practicum and internship) listed above, students must complete a minimum of 700 hours in mental health settings.

Download a current version of the clinical mental health counseling program field experience manual.

Practicum involves students completing 100 hours in a mental health setting. This equates to approximately one day a week, or two half-days a week, for an entire semester. The purpose of practicum is to learn about the setting and to begin developing skills in individual and group counseling. Of the 100 hours, students must accumulate 40 by providing direct services to clients. 



Internship involves students completing 600 hours in mental health settings. The purpose of internship is to further develop skills. Internship is to be completed over the course of two semesters, so students will register for two separate six-credit classes of EDC 846 during back-to-back semesters. During each six-credit class, students are required to accumulate 300 hours at their sites, with a minimum of 120 direct hours per semester. This 300 hours equates to approximately two and a half days a week, or five half-days a week, for an entire semester.

It is very difficult for individuals to be employed full-time in a 9-5 type job during internship and successfully complete their internship requirements, as most agencies require interns be there during daytime hours.

Applicants can review information about tuition and fees for our program. Please also see the Financial Aid website for up to date information regarding financial aid options, and contact that office directly with questions. Some graduate assistantships are available each year through our department and other locations on campus. Assistantships are available to full-time students (enrolled in at least nine credit hours per semester) and typically require a 20-hour per week work commitment. The work assignments will vary depending on the assistantship. Students who obtain these positions will receive an extensive tuition reduction as well as a monthly stipend. Funding for these positions usually does not become finalized until the summer months, so it is difficult to know how many opportunities might be available until the summer. Applicants interested in assistantships should discuss this with the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator upon receiving an offer of admission.

Additional fees associated with specific clinical mental health counseling program requirements are approximated below:

  • One-time purchase of a LiveText account for student artifact management and assessment ($98)
  • Liability insurance costs during practicum and internship (varies depending on provider, but estimate $100 per year – will need 2 years)
  • Optional - cost to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE), required by many states for LPC licensure ($310 – which also covers the cost of the initial application for the NCC credential)

Spring 2014 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduates

Spring 2014 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduates

February 2014: A few of the students and faculty who attended the South Carolina Counseling Association conference in Hilton Head

A few of the students and faculty who attended the South Carolina Counseling Association conference in Hilton Head A few of the students and faculty who attended the South Carolina Counseling Association conference in Hilton Head

Alumni News

Recent graduate Hannah Barfield co-authored a chapter on Reality Therapy that was published in the textbook Counseling theory: Guiding reflective practice (2014).  

Current CMH student, Elizabeth Turnage, co-authored an article that was published in ACA’s VISTAS in January, 2013.

Recent CMH graduate, Hannah Barfield, co-authored an article that was published in The Family Journal in October, 2012.

Recent CMH graduate, Kenna Duckworth, co-presented at the National Career Development Association’s annual conference in June, 2012.

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