The graduate programs in the Department of Professional Counseling provide students with the skills and training to pursue their professional goals:
Students in these programs get practice in the field and valuable experience before they graduate. They learn the prevailing theories and apply the most up-to-date methodologies through supervised counseling practice:
"The growth of our students from when they first come in is remarkable. By the time they reach their internships, they really begin to think like counselors. They act professionally and develop an identity as a counselor. To see that growth is really exciting."
Alan Cavaiola, PhDProfessorDepartment of Professional Counseling
The MS and MA programs (excluding the Addiction Studies Track) are devoted to counselor education and allow students to pursue a variety of specialty areas:
These areas are described in more detail in our department's student handbook. In addition, Monmouth offers counselor training in areas of diversity and complementary treatment approaches, including spirituality/religion, gender/multicultural issues, nutritional/herbal supplements, and prevention/resilience.
Classes are small, allowing students to receive individual attention from accomplished faculty. Professors in this department are recognized experts in their field, who prepare graduates for a variety of career options. In addition, students can accompany faculty to (and also present at) various professional conferences throughout the region, state, and country.
"One of the things that I think makes us different than many other places is the close faculty/student interaction that we have here. We really get to know our students, and they get to know us as well."
George Kapalka, PhDProfessorDepartment of Professional Counseling
Class schedules are geared toward working adults, with most sections offered in the late afternoon or evening. In addition, some classes are offered in online or hybrid formats.