Feb 29, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School Psychology and Counselor Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration, M.A./Ed.S.

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Program Director, A. Renee Staton

Admission Requirements

Minimum admissions requirements for entry to the clinical mental health counseling program include the following:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree with a satisfactory grade point average.
  • A personal statement.
  • A resume.
  • Three completed reference forms from individuals familiar with the student’s potential for graduate education.
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of undergraduate preparation in psychology or related behavioral sciences.
  • A personal interview and a screening session with the program committee.
  • As a part of the final admissions process, applicants must complete a criminal history check.


This program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please refer to the JMU Professional Licensure Program Status by Jurisdiction Index to determine if this JMU program meets the educational requirements specified by the associated licensing or certification agency in the state or territory in which you are located or interested in practicing. Requirements vary by state and are subject to change. The information provided is current as of the review date indicated in the table.


As members of the clinical mental health counseling program of James Madison University, we have formed dedicated learning community of faculty, staff and students. We vary in abilities, age, class, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation and place of birth, but we share a common vision of achieving a vitally important mission – transforming students into successful mental health counselors.

Our alumni are dedicated to providing competent, caring and ethical services to diverse clients in public agencies, community organizations and private practices. Putting our principles into practice, we strive to create a caring community in which we can thrive personally and grow professionally. While many of our graduates work in rural communities in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, many also serve in other communities throughout the mid-Atlantic region and across the nation. We invite our students to embark on a life-long journey of exploring new possibilities, refining their skills and engaging in professional development throughout their careers. We encourage them to support one another in the vital task of facilitating the change process in individuals, couples, families, groups and communities as licensed professional counselors. We challenge our graduates to advance the clinical mental health counseling profession through service, research, innovation, advocacy and training.


The clinical mental health counseling program provides the course work necessary to become licensed professional counselors in Virginia and to practice in such settings as community mental health centers, community agencies, psychiatric facilities and private practice. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). At the end of the three year, 60-credit-hour program, students receive both the Master of Arts in Counselor Education and the Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology and Counselor Education, both with concentrations in clinical mental health counseling. Graduates are also eligible to become National Certified Counselors.

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1 Only three credit hours of PSYC 800  may be used to satisfy program requirements for the educational specialist degree. If the research project is not completed after three credit hours, then the student must continuously enroll (each semester including summer) in PSYC 799  until the project is completed.

Total: 60 Credit Hours

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