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2011-2012 CU Denver Catalog 
2011-2012 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education

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Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education MA

Program Leader: Marsha Wiggins
Office: Lawrence Street Center, 701
Telephone: 303-315-6300
Fax: 303-315-6311
E-mail: education@ucdenver.edu
Website: www.ucdenver.edu/counseling  


Information about faculty in the counseling psychology and counselor education program is available online at www.ucdenver.edu/education.



The master of arts degree in counseling psychology and counselor education prepares professionals for community/mental health agencies, private practice and public schools. Students should obtain faculty advising regarding professional requirements.

All programs consist of 63 semester hours (66 for the multicultural/diversity strand). Core requirements that are common to all areas of study are followed by courses specific to each program. All programs require a practicum (150 clock hours) and an internship (600 clock hours). For most students, the master’s degree is a three-year program with course work for two years followed by a year of practicum and internship. All beginning students enroll in  CPCE 5010  and CPCE 5810 .  

The clinical mental health counseling, school counseling and couple and family therapy programs are nationally accredited by CACREP, the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

All students are expected to have online computer capability for communication and instructional purposes. For students in off-campus programs, some courses may be offered via computer technology.

Admission Requirements


Successful applicants to the counseling psychology and counselor education (CPCE) program will have obtained a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA and will score at least 900 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or at least 396 on the Miller Analogy Test (MAT). Also, applicants will submit a current resume, a statement of goals and three letters of recommendation (at least 2 academic letters are strongly advised). Applicants meeting these minimum standards will be invited to a half-day group interview that involves program orientation, small group interviews, a writing assignment and a group exercise.

A prerequisite course in basic statistics (undergraduate level) is required prior to enrollment in the program.

Application materials are available by calling the Student Services Center at 303-315-6300 or coming to Lawrence Street Center, Suite 701. All materials must be submitted to the Student Services Center in one complete packet by the appropriate deadline: September 15 for spring semester; January 15 for summer and fall semesters. Application materials include the following:

  • part I of the application for admission
  • tuition classification form
  • $50 application fee (make checks payable to the University of Colorado Denver)
  • letter of intent 
  • three letters of recommendation - at least 2 academic letters strongly advised (in sealed and signed envelopes)
  • two official transcripts from each higher education institution attended (in original sealed envelope)
  • official GRE or MAT scores sent directly to the University of Colorado Denver (if you do not already hold a graduate degree; see CPCE application checklist)
  • oath and consent
  • fingerprint affidavit 

Matriculation Requirements


CPCE students must earn at least a B in skills-oriented courses (CPCE 5100, 5160, 6140, 7100, 5910, 5930) or must repeat these courses until they do so. In addition, all students must make a formal case presentation in CPCE 5930 (internship) to demonstrate their clinical knowledge. Students must also take a national comprehensive examination (after 30 semester hours). Students may choose to conduct research and submit a thesis (research conducted under faculty advisement) instead of taking the national written examination.

Program Areas

Students accepted into the CPCE program follow one of three programs offered counseling psychology and counselor education. The clinical mental health counseling program follows state licensure requirements for licensed professional counselor; the couple and family therapy program follows licensure requirements designated by the state of Colorado of licensure as a marriage and family therapist; and the school program follows both the licensed professional counselor licensure and state department of education certificate as a school counselor requirements.

Program Areas

Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education Core

(required in all program areas)

Total: 42 Hours

Additional Requirements for Program Area One: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)

Total: 21 Hours

Additional Requirements for Multicultural/Diversity Strand in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Total: 24 Hours

Additional Requirements for Program Area Two: Public School Counseling Certificate (MA)*

Total: 21 Hours

* 100 hour practicum is required in the schools (CPCE 5915).  Three hundred of the 600 hours of internship must be in a concentrated environment. Full time experience consisting of at least a four-hour block of time each day is required. Students may not do their internship in their primary employment (agency or school setting). For school counseling, three hundred (300) hours of internship are needed at the middle and secondary level for a K–12 program. CPCE 5150, 6140 and 7100 are necessary for students to work with school-related family issues, individual counseling and children’s counseling in practicum and internship. CPCE 5160 is necessary prior to internship in couple and family therapy; this course requires 10 hours of laboratory experiences working with youth.

Total: 21 Hours

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