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The Counselor Education Department at NNU offers a Masters in Counseling and aims to prepare students with the professional competencies necessary for entry level counseling and therapeutic direct service delivery as well as providing a base for those students who wish to pursue doctoral level study. In existence since 1990, the Counselor Education Department offers the following on-campus majors:
Program graduates typically complete all requirements for licensure while enrolled in the program (including the national exam), and apply for licensure as a counselor after graduation. You can download a detailed description of our program here.
NNU's graduate counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a requirement for licensure in many states. This summer, NNU's Adventure Play Therapy Center (Center) earned designation as an approved Center of Play Therapy Education by the Association for Play Therapy (APT).
In the 2012-2013 academic year Northwest Nazarene University graduated 45 students from the Counselor Education Master’s in Science program. Enrollment for the year was 164. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on the comprehensive exam as well as the NCE for state licensing. Of program graduates responding to our departmental survey, 100% are employed.