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A Program Shaped by Compassion and Practical Experience

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“It’s so nice to have individuals that I can count on who are going through the same program,” said Tesla Gerheiser, a current CMU counseling cohort student.

Central Michigan University’s Master of Arts in counseling program blends challenging coursework with real-world experience while nurturing an atmosphere of support. What students learn in class today, they put into practice tomorrow in their internships and jobs.

Counseling jobs are projected to increase 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. With a faster-than-average increase, counseling may be the profession for you.

However, you need a program that will prepare you for all aspects of the job and take your learning beyond the classroom.

“I have used what I’m learning every day with my clients,” Tesla said. “The cohort I’m in is amazing. We eat together, hang out, study, consult problems, and we share our wins and losses.”

The Master of Arts in counseling from CMU offers you a choice of three concentrations:

  • Addiction counseling.
  • Clinical mental health counseling.
  • School counseling.

The addiction counseling concentration is for those who wish to work with people suffering from the debilitating, life-altering effects of addiction. Potential job settings include community-based social service agencies, criminal justice institutions, hospitals and detox facilities.

The clinical mental health concentration prepares students interested in working with a variety of mental health issues in community-based social service agencies, higher education, public and private schools and private practice.

The school counseling concentration is designed for students who are interested in working with children and adolescents in an educational institution. This program is for those who wish to positively impact young people’s lives as a school counselor.

All three concentrations lead to licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan. The school counseling concentration also can qualify you for the School Counselor Endorsement if you have a valid Michigan teaching certificate, or the School Counselor License if you do not have a teaching certificate.

You also will learn how to assess and evaluate groups and individuals, interpret scientific research, identify philosophical issues, apply industry best practices, and maintain the highest ethical standards.

“I’m not sure about other programs, but our cohort has been a wonderful addition to the counseling program,” Tesla said. “I believe the culture of closeness we have created will last even after we graduate.

Central Michigan University is forming cohorts at various locations throughout the state of Michigan. To learn more, call 877-268-4636 or email

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