Deadline Nears for Christian College’s Graduate Counseling Degree Programs

Newberg, OR (Vocus) September 29, 2010

Those interested in earning a counseling degree to become a counselor, a marriage and family therapist, school counselor, or a school psychologist have until Friday, Oct. 29, to apply for George Fox University’s spring 2011 counseling programs.

The university offers a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling, a master’s degree in marriage, couple and family counseling, a master’s degree in school counseling, and an educational specialist in school psychology degree. Also offered are certificate programs in marriage, couple and family counseling, school psychology, and school counseling.

All master’s degree and certificate programs are offered at the university’s Portland Center near Tigard, located at 12753 S.W. 68th Ave., in Portland. George Fox also offers the master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at its Salem Center, located at 4600 25th Ave., N.E., Suite 150, in Salem.

Two informational meetings are scheduled in the coming weeks for those who wish to find out more in person. The first is scheduled at the Salem Center on Thursday, Oct. 7; the second is set for Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Portland Center. Each session runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

More information about all the programs is available at Classes for the spring semester begin in January.

The master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling program prepares students to work as counselors in a wide variety of settings – including in private practice, corporations, nonprofit organizations and hospitals – with clients of all ages. Upon completion of the 56-credit hour degree, which offers two-, three- and four-year program options, students are prepared to sit for the national licensure exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon.

Class times are flexible, offered days, evenings and weekends to accommodate adult learners. The degree also offers the option to add a certificate pre- or post-graduation for additional employability and specialization.

George Fox’s marriage, couple and family therapy program offers the option of earning either a certificate or a master’s degree in the profession, named “one of the best 50 careers for 2010” by U.S. News & World Report magazine. According to the Dec. 18, 2009, article, employment in the marriage and family therapy profession is expected to rise 14 percent between 2008 and 2018.

Both the master’s degree and the certificate prepare graduates to provide counseling to individuals, couples, families and groups across the life cycle in a variety of settings, including private practice, institutional, cross-cultural and with profit and nonprofit organizations.

The marriage, couple, and family therapy 68-credit master’s degree, completed in two to four years, is designed to prepare students to sit for dual licensure, both the national licensure exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as the national licensure exam to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Oregon.

The certificate program is designed for master’s- or doctoral-level mental health professionals who desire to be better equipped to work with couples and families.

The master’s degree in school counseling program prepares graduates to work with students in public or private schools and to guide them through the development of educational and career goals, to teach guidance-related curriculum, and consult with parents, teachers and administrators.

Upon completion of the program, which is either 57 or 63 credit hours (depending on experience) and takes two to four years to complete, graduates are prepared to sit for the Praxis II School Guidance and Counseling specialization test to obtain the Initial School Counseling License.

The educational specialist (EdS) in school psychology degree prepares graduates to work in public and private schools, to test and assess students, and to analyze test results discerning need areas for children in Oregon and throughout the country. The program is generally three to four years in length with 61 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation.

The program is designed for full-time study, with the first two to three years in classroom course work and the last year in a full-time internship in a public school. The degree prepares students to sit for the Praxis II: School Psychologist specialization test.

George Fox school counseling and school psychology degree programs are approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Kathy Grant

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Department of Counseling