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Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.Ed.

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The program emphasizes a clinical orientation, focusing on theory and skills in counseling (individual, group, and family), assessment, human behavior and development, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, intervention methods, lifestyle and career development, legal and ethical responsibilities, and service-delivery systems.


The main goal of the program is to prepare counselors for roles in community agencies. Graduates who successfully meet educational requirements are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE). After successfully passing the examination, graduates are awarded the Professional Counselor (PC) license until they have acquired two years of supervised experience in counseling, obtained after the award of the master’s degree. After successful completion of this supervised experience, they are awarded the Professional Clinical Counselor license (PCC).

There are two separate clinical, field-based courses. The first is CNS 680, Counseling Practicum. This is a one-semester course requiring 100 hours of clinical field experience. Counseling Practicum is offered in the fall and spring semesters. The second clinical, field-based experience is the two-part Internship in Agency Counseling (CNS 686 and CNS 687). This is an intensive, two-consecutive-semester learning experience of supervised counseling in an agency setting. Internship is offered as a fall-spring sequence only. Prerequisites for Practicum and Internship are listed under the course descriptions in this Catalog. Counseling faculty strictly enforce prerequisites.

Programme Structure

  • Educational Research
  • Cultural & Social Foundations in Counseling
  •  Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Lifespan Development
  • Laboratory in Counseling Techniques
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Group Process and Practice
  • Appraisal Counseling
  • Assessment for Counselors
  • Individual Intelligence Testing
  •  Personality Assessment for Counselors

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • An international student is an individual who holds a visa while enrolled at Cleveland State University.
  • Academic: Baccalaureate degrees earned outside the U.S. must be equivalent to baccalaureate degrees earned in the U.S.
  • Examinations: In general, a standardized admissions examination (e.g., GRE, GMAT, Miller Analogies Test) is required for any applicant who does not hold a bachelor's degree (or higher) from a U.S. institution.
  • English Language Proficiency: All international graduate applicants must demonstrate proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:

Meet minimum test score requirements.

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based) score of 78 with at least 17 in each section
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based) score of 550
  • IELTS score of 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearsons Test of English) score of 50
  • iTEP score of 3.8
  • ACT English Score of 20
  • SAT Critical Reading Score of 470 on tests taken prior to March 2016
  • SAT ERBW score of 530 on tests taken March 2016 or later
  • Successful completion of CSU's IELP (Intensive English Language Program) Advanced Level, with a grade of 80% or better.
  • Completion of English language studies (Level 112) from any of the ELS Language Centers.
  • Successful completion of 30 semester credit hours of college-level coursework from an accredited college in the United States or English speaking country with a cumulative 2.0 GPA, including the equivalent of CSU's ENG 101 and ENG 102 with a grade of C or better. Course equivalency will be determined during the application process.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    606 USD/credit
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  • National Applies to you

    606 USD/credit
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  • In-State Applies to you

    531 USD/credit
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Living costs for Cleveland

  • 980 - 1620 USD/month
    Living Costs

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