The Master of Arts in Counseling degree consists of a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours of course work designed to prepare professionals to counsel in a variety of settings. Students are required to enroll in one of two cognate areas: school counseling or addiction counseling. Courses promote the acquisition of the knowledge and skill development in the eight core areas listed in the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The School Counseling cognate is CACREP accredited and the Addiction Counseling cognate is currently under review for CACREP accreditation. A limited number of students are admitted each year and placement is competitive.
For Idaho Certification as a School Counselor, graduates must complete 700 clock hours of field experience (600 need to be in a K-12 setting). Completion of the School Counseling cognate meets Idaho school counseling certification requirements.