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Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, International Non-Licensure (Non-U.S. Citizens) Concentration, MEd

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Department: Counselor Education 

This 60-credit degree program is designed for international students seeking training in mental health counseling for international settings. This concentration does not lead to a professional license.


Learning Outcomes  

Admission Requirements

  • Recommendation/Letter of Sponsorship from the governmental agency (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals outside of the BSU Department of Counselor Education, one of which must be an academic reference.
  • A completed counselor education admissions application, due by February 1, including a 500-word personal statement related to the intended counseling program concentration
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work completed outside of BSU
  • Per university policy, international applicants must submit verification of completing the TOEFL exam. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (if necessary, in accordance with English language skills). Students for whom English is a second language will be required to submit an official copy of results either from the TOEFL or IELTS, unless they have at least two years’ experience in an American college or university. Students must receive an appropriate score on either the TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Applicants who meet the criteria for a campus interview will be interviewed via teleconference technology that allows for a virtual interview.

Grade Requirement

Students must receive a grade of “B-” or higher in each graduate course or fieldwork experience; students who receive a grade lower than a “B-” must repeat the course. In addition, students who receive a grade of “F” in any course will be placed on academic probation by the department. Any student who receives a second grade of “F” will be dismissed from the program. Lastly, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or will be placed on academic probation as outlined in the graduate student handbook.

Program of Study

Electives (9 credits)

Complete nine credits in counseling (CNGC, CNMH, CNSA or CNSC) at the 500-level or above.

Fieldwork requirements (9 credits)

Capstone (3 credits)

As part of the graduation requirement in the department, students are expected to complete a culminating experience which is overseen by members of the Department of Counselor Education faculty. The culminating experience focuses on students’ ability to integrate counseling and development theory into direct practice. Through the culminating experience, students will demonstrate the counseling competencies that align with current CACREP standards (Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs), as well as standards that align within respective programs of study.

Total minimum credits: 60

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