The Counselor Education program offers a Master of Arts degree with three possible concentrations: Clinical Mental Health; Marriage, Couples, and Family; and School Counseling. Admission requirements are the same for all three concentrations. The Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling concentrations are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and meet the academic and field experience requirements established by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling (ABEC) for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). The Marriage, Couples, and Family concentration prepares students for a path to licensure as marriage and family therapists (LMFT). Properly credentialed counselors provide mental health services to individuals, families, and groups to treat mental, behavioral, and emotional problems and disorders.
award-winning faculty members
The Counselor Education program in the Department of Human Studies offers a Master of Arts with three possible concentrations and a graduate certificate in Marriage, Couples, and Family counseling.
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Alabama Educator Certification
The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) provides recognition that the content and quality of a program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. The UAB School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health specialty areas are both accredited by CACREP. In 2016, the Counselor Education Program introduced a new Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling (MCFC) specialty. Per CACREP policy, new specialty areas must have documented graduates prior to seeking initial accreditation. In addition, students admitted to the MCFC program would be considered graduates of a CACREP program if they receive their degree within 18 months prior to the conferral of accreditation. In alignment with these policies, the UAB Counselor Education Program will seek CACREP accreditation for the new Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling (MCFC) specialty once the first potential graduate is in the last term of their program plan of study (AY 2019).
The Counselor Education program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham creates an academically rigorous, student-centered, and supportive environment to help move students toward acquiring the knowledge and skills needed for entering the profession as effective school, mental health, and/or family counselors.
Producing competent and effective professional counselors.
We promote and encourage reflective teaching, practice, and research.
We model caring, supportive, and stimulating relationships for our students that inspire their intellectual curiosity, ethical conduct, and professional excellence.
We practice continuous improvement and innovation through our evidenced-based services, teaching, and research.
We value individual differences and promote a multicultural and sensitive environment, free from discrimination and inequity.
We train counselors, who can support the development of clients from adolescence through adulthood.
We train students to provide effective, sensitive, and collaborative care, uniquely tailored to the individual needs of clients.
We engage with our campus and community partners to support and develop new opportunities for the underserved in Alabama.
I learned so much even in my informal conversations with my professors before class, after class, in the hallways, and in their offices. Learning from professors with passion for their work makes all the difference in the world, and these professors have that in abundance.Tal Prince
The Counselor Education program inspires excellence and motivates students to strive to be their best, actively fulfill their potential, propel change, and make a difference in the world.Stephanie Perry
The experiences I had as a member of the Zeta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota gave me the opportunity to utilize my leadership skills, participate in community service events, and network with counseling professionals and counseling students from a large number of universities.Kristen Woods
Due to the reputation of and to the community relationships fostered by the Counselor Education program, I had a field experience that not only enhanced my knowledge base but also gave me professional and personal confidence. I have entered the professional realm as a creative agent for cultural and social change.Amy Martin
The School Counseling program was extremely thorough, which made the transition from graduate school into my first high school and now middle school position seamless.Esther Boman Rogers
I enjoyed being part of the counseling department family—my classmates and professors made a lasting impression on me and will forever warm my heart. My UAB degree has opened many doors for me.Coley Carlisle