Arcadia's Master of Arts in Counseling offers the following concentrations: Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism, Child/Family Therapy, Community Public Health, Mental Health Counseling , School Counseling (PreK-12), and Trauma.
Designed for Students Seeking Certification/Licensure
Arcadia’s Mental Health Counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis,
Child/Family Therapy, Community Public Health, and Trauma concentrations
are designed for students seeking national certification and/or state
licensure as master’s-level mental health practitioners. These
concentrations are designed to enable a graduate to apply for licensure
in Pennsylvania (or other states with equivalent requirements) once that
individual has passed the National Counselor’s Exam (NCE) and has
accumulated 3,000 hours of supervised work experience. The program is
accredited by the Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council (MPAC) and
offers students the opportunity to take the NCE on campus before
School Counseling master’s program is designed for students seeking
state certification as school counselors. The program enables a graduate
to apply for certification once that individual has passed the
necessary Praxis exams.
Choose an Area to Specialize
All master’s students in all concentrations take common core courses
but choose areas in which to specialize. Each concentration is offered
as a full specialty master’s program.
- The Child/Family Therapy, Trauma,
and School Counseling concentrations also are offered as free-standing
programs for practitioners who already hold a master’s degree in a
- The Child/Family Therapy and Trauma post-master’s
programs lead to an Arcadia University Graduate Certificate, while the
School Counseling program leads to certification by the Pennsylvania
Department of Education.
- Students with a 48-credit master’s
degree in counseling are able to apply for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling and complete the state requirements for
licensure as a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania (or other
states with equivalent requirements).
- The Applied Behavior Analysis
concentration is also offered as a post-baccalaureate certificate by the