Oct 25, 2021  
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

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

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 minimum grade of “B-“ 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)

Culminating experience

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. Students will be required to take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) and earn the department set minimum score on the eight core content areas. Students who do not meet the minimum threshold for any of the eight content areas will be required to show mastery in those areas through completing a comprehensive assignment (in the same semester that the CPCE was taken) designed for that core area which will be evaluated by three different departments of counselor education faculty members.

Total minimum credits: 60