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The Department consists of programs in School Psychology, Paralegal Studies, Nurse Paralegal, Patient Advocacy, Elder Law, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Counselor Education.
School Psychology: The School Psychology program is fully approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and leads to both a Master of Arts and an Education Specialist degree. It consists of three years of full-time study, approximately 79 graduate semester hours of coursework, a two-semester practicum experience during the second year, and a 9-month, full-time supervised internship in a school setting is completed during the third year.
Paralegal Studies: The B.S. in Paralegal Studies is approved by the American Bar Association, a distinction enjoyed by only 20% of programs nationally, and is the only paralegal program in the country to have its own electronic courtroom, the state-of-the-art McQuade Courtroom. The program also offers a Minor in Paralegal Studies, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for students already holding a Baccalaureate or Master’s, and a Nurse Paralegal Certificate for registered nurses with an Associate degree in nursing. Paralegals are employed in areas such as criminal court, real estate, government, and estate planning.
Patient Advocacy: The Patient Advocacy Certificate is a 12-semester hour graduate certificate program offered completely on-line offering advanced training in legal and healthcare issues, thereby assisting individuals working with patients in today’s complex healthcare environment.
Elder Law: The on-line graduate Certificate in Elder Law is designed for students interested in gaining specialized knowledge on elder health law and ethical issues and assists persons working in nursing, gerontology, social work, psychology, paralegal, or related health and human services fields.
Counselor Education: The Counselor Education program offers a Minor in Counseling, a Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate, and Master’s degrees in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling, and a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision.
Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate: An Undergraduate Certificate is offered comprised of seven classes and 22 semester hours and meets the educational requirements of licensure as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor in all states and Professional Clinical Counselor in Ohio. Graduates work as licensed counselors in community agencies, hospitals and clinics, government agencies, and private practice.
School Counseling: The Master of Arts in School Counseling is accredited by CACREP and consists of 48 semester hours including clinical practicum and internship conducted in the schools. The degree meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification as a School Counselor in all states. Graduates work in Elementary, Middle/Junior, or High Schools.
Doctorate in Counselor Education: The Ph.D. in Counselor Ed and Supervision is accredited by CACREP. Grads work as counselor educators in colleges/universities, counselor supervisors/administrators, and practicing counselors in all settings.
Department Highlights: All degree programs are nationally accredited. The Counselor Ed program was recognized as the Outstanding Program in the nation in 2010. The pass rate for licensure exams for counseling and school psychology students is 100%. Paralegal Studies students successfully compete in Mock Trial competitions. All programs have active, award- winning student organizations.