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HDC Program Tracks

The Human Development Counseling program offers two curriculum tracks for students:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • School Counseling (on-campus and online)

 

How to Apply
Applications to the on-campus M.Ed. program in Human Development Counseling are considered in two rounds for fall admission in the Community Counseling Track and the School Counseling Track. The deadline for consideration in these tracks is December 31. You should submit your application online

The application process for the online M.Ed. in human development counseling with specialization in school counseling is different from our on-campus program. For more information, please visit the Admissions Overview page for online programs or apply here

 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling track within HDC prepares master's level counselors for careers in various social service agencies, mental health centers, employee assistance programs, as well as other mental health organizations. Private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) is an achievable goal for individuals who pursue this track.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling track is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This accreditation, originally obtained in 1984, places the HDC program as one of approximately 120 programs nationwide that meet these rigorous accreditation standards and in doing so offers many advantages and opportunities to HDC students.

The requirements for this track include a 60-semester-hour program of studies. Included in this curriculum is a full-year internship placement in a mental health or social service agency setting under supervision.

Course descriptions, including electives and field experiences can be found here.

 

 

School Counseling Track (on-campus)
The School Counseling Track prepares individuals to work as school guidance counselors, K-12. Program requirements lead directly to licensure as a School Counselor by meeting all of the requirements established by the Tennessee State Department of Education. The School Counseling track is fully accredited by CACREP. During the period from 1991 to present, the School Counseling program has been accredited as part of institutional accreditation awarded by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The requirements for this track include a 48-semester-hour curriculum which includes a full-year internship placement in a school setting. This curriculum includes 42 semester hours of required courses and an additional six semester hours of elective courses. 

Course descriptions, including electives and field experiences can be found here.

 

 

Please contact hdc@vanderbilt.edu with comments or questions.


 
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