Mental Health Counseling

Program Description:

The Mental Health Counseling Program is designed to train potential counselors for a variety of mental health settings. Each student must work closely with his or her advisor in regards to the students program of study.

Admission Requirements:

Step One – Admission to the School of Graduate Studies:

All candidates must hold a Baccalaureate Degree with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no less than 3.0* and be admitted into the School of Graduate Studies. This is done by:

  1. Completing the Application for Admissions and returning it to the Office of Admissions (this can be done on line at
  2. Submitting the appropriate application fees to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submitting undergraduate transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  4. Completing the GRE or MAT and forwarding scores to the Office of Admissions.
  5. Submitting three (3) letters of recommendation (one is required to begin the process, an additional two are required before full admission to the program can be completed.)

* With the approval of the admissions committee, students that have a GPA of 2.75-3.0 may be admitted on a probationary basis (there will be specific requirements during this probationary period). Students, who have a low undergraduate GPA, yet hold a master’s degree with a 3.5 GPA will have satisfied the admissions GPA requirement.

Step Two – Satisfying Prerequisites for the Counseling Program:

Candidates for the Career Counseling or Mental Health Counseling Program must possess a 3.0 GPA and must have an undergraduate preparation of 18 total credits in the social sciences, including, psychology, counseling, sociology or appropriately focused university studies courses; including a 3 cr. course in statistics.

Candidates for School Counseling must possess a 3.0 GPA and must possess either:

  1. A valid teaching certificate OR
  2. Provide evidence of competency or willingness to enroll in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s required areas of teaching methods, teaching practices, classroom management and psychology of the exceptional child. (These classes may be taken at the graduate level while pursuing the school counseling degree. These courses are pre or co requisite and do not count toward the masters degree program.)
Step Three – Admissions to the Counseling Program:

For all candidates, admission requires (in addition to the requisite GPA) scores on the Verbal and Analytic or Analytical Writing components of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) at the 50th percentile and a total of three (3) letters of recommendation from university faculty, school administrators, or primary employers attesting to the candidates competence.

When all required documents are received, the Office of Admissions will forward the candidate’s file to the counseling program admissions committee.

Further, the candidate must satisfactorily complete CP 610 Counseling Orientation and Ethics and the screening procedure. During the screening procedure, the candidate will complete a battery of assessments and undergo an interview with member(s) of the counseling faculty. The screening will be scheduled after the candidate has presented GRE scores and letters of recommendation as stated above and enrolled in CP 610. After these criteria have been completed, the program admission committee will review the candidate’s credentials and 1) admit the student, 2) not admit the student, or 3) admit the student with restrictions and/or conditions.

Note: Enrollment in CP 610 does NOT guarantee admission into the counseling program. It is only AFTER the screening and admissions decisions are made and official acceptance letters are received that potential students are admitted to the counseling programs.

Probationary Admission

Probationary admission will be considered by the program admissions committee if:

  1. 1. The GRE or MAT scores are below the 50th percentile.
  2. 2. The GPA is below 3.0 but is between 2.75 and 2.99; or if the applicant has achieved a GPA of 3.25 during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

(The admissions committee may assess the strengths and weaknesses of an applicant and recommend a course of action designed to allow the student to demonstrate the potential to successfully complete the program.)

Students admitted to the counseling program on probation must attain a 3.5 GPA for the first nine (9) hours of graduate coursework at Southeast Missouri State University. Unless authorized by the advisor, probationary students must include the following courses in the first nine (9) hours of coursework: CP 610 Counseling Orientation and Ethics, CP 612 Counseling Theories and GR 691 Methods of Research. A student earning any grade less than a "B" in any of the first nine hours, but still maintaining a 3.0 GPA, will be allowed to repeat the course one time and must earn a grade of "B" or better.

Curriculum: (courses required, elective list)

Mental Health Counseling

CP 610 Counseling Orientation and Ethics (3)
CP 611 Developmental Theories (3)
CP 612 Counseling Theories (3)
CP 613 Social & Cultural Aspects of Counseling (3)
CP 614 Counseling Skills (3)
CP 615 Career Development (3)
CP 616 Group Counseling (3)
CP 617 Assessment in Counseling (3)
CP 631 Crisis Intervention and Consultation (3)
GR 691 Methods of Research (3)
CP 640 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3)
CP 641 Mental Health Systems and Prevention (3)
CP 643 Psychodiagnostics and Treatment (3)
CP 645 Marriage and Family Counseling (3)
CP 661 Addictions Counseling (3)
CP 680 Counseling Practicum (3)
CP 686 Internship -- Mental Health (3)
CP 687 Internship -- Mental Health (3)
CP 688 Advanced Internship -- Mental Health (3)

Plus 3 hours Electives (3)
60 Total Credits


18 total cr. in the social sciences, including, psychology, counseling, sociology or appropriately focused university studies courses. This must including a 3 cr. course in statistics.


CP 531 Treating Sex Offenders
CP 535 Eating Disorders

Could be included, depending on the semester and availability

Course Rotation/Format (online, f2f, blended):

A combination, in some cases it depends on the instructor of the course. Typically, for example, CP 617 and CP 611 are online. Many courses are blended, while clinical courses are face to face.

Contact Person: Melissa Odegard-Koester
Phone: 573-651-2420/Email:
Handbook pdf


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College of Education
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701