As you build a solid foundation in traditional and contemporary counseling topics, you’ll discover how your actions can create positive changes. In all, you’ll acquire a broad range of skills, tools and knowledge that prepares you for advanced counseling practice. Our Masters in Community Counseling students bring diverse educational and experiential backgrounds to our program. Some have recently completed their undergraduate studies while others are returning to college after years in the workplace.
With three semesters a year, our MACC program lets you complete your coursework at a fast pace without sacrificing quality. Most students take three classes per semester, and with summer classes, and finish their degree requirements within three years, though a more leisurely schedule is available. The program operates on a modified cohort model, with flexibility to make adjustments to your schedule if necessary. Classes are specifically scheduled to accommodate the needs of a working student with a busy lifestyle. For more information on any of our graduate programs, please make an appointment with an admissions counselor.
The MACC program of study provides students with the opportunity to explore areas of personal interest within the content of coursework. Our small class sizes ensure you'll receive personalized learning and attention. In a collaborative learning environment, faculty guide students through repeated practice of counseling skills and techniques, ensuring mastery through a developmental approach. Then, when you’re ready, you’ll have the opportunity to practice those skills under supervision in your practicum and internship experiences.
The MACC faculty expertise represents a variety of theoretical approaches to counseling. You will be exposed to these approaches, but encouraged to develop your own personal theory of counseling. Your classes will emphasize theory, counseling techniques, ethical and research based practice, case examples, and counseling simulations.
The MACC program has been developed to correspond with the academic and experiential requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania. Students interested in becoming licensed should contact the Pennsylvania State Licensing Board to determine the exact requirements for post-degree licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania. Students can contact the American Counseling Association or the National Board of Certified Counselors to access licensure requirements for other states. Students also have the opportunity to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) at the end of the MACC program. The NCE is one of seven content-based tests approved by the Pennsylvania Licensure Board for Professional Counselors. Students completing the MACC program and passing the NCE will have met significant milestones on their path toward licensure, which may influence their employment opportunities after graduation. Also, students who complete the Masters in Community Counseling graduate program may be eligible for certification as Certified Addiction Counselors and as National Certified Counselors .