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  • Accreditation is the impetus for setting high standards and almost always results in improved programs.
  • Accredited programs often attract better students and better faculty.
  • Students in accredited programs study from a common curriculum, are generally more knowledgeable about core counseling issues, and usually participate in longer and more intensive fieldwork experiences.
  • CACREP accreditation is often the standard credentialing bodies use to determine who is eligible to become certified or licensed.
  • Students in accredited programs can take the national counselor exam to become a national certified counselor (NCC) far earlier than students from nonaccredited programs.
  • Some third party payers (namely TRICARE) are beginning to reimburse only those counselors who graduated from CACREP-accredited programs.
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The Mental Health Counseling Track is designed to educate and prepare individuals interested in functioning as counselors and practitioners in community mental health settings, institutions, hospitals, and private practice. Mental Health counselors must complete 1500 hours of supervised experience during a two-year period after they obtain their degree under a board approved clinical supervisor. They can become licensed by the state to practice independently. See Florida Department of Health for more information on licensure.

The School Counseling Track prepares individuals for professional counseling positions in schools and within the school system. School Counseling students can obtain certification from the Florida Department of Education to work as a certified school counselor; their work is limited to a school setting, (kindergarten through 12th grade). Close

You may only be enrolled in one degree track, and must fulfill all its requirements to get the degree. This can be done, but you should consult your advisor as to how much additional course work is necessary.

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If you are a U.S. citizen or U.S legal permanent resident (Florida resident) applications are due on the following dates: for Fall Semester admissions, applications must be received by June 1; for Spring Semester admissions applications must be received by October 1; for Summer Semester admissions, applications must be received by February 1.

The online application for graduate admission may be found at the UGS website http://gradschool.fiu.edu. Applications must be completed online. At this time, there is no hard copy or downloadable version of the graduate application.

There is a $30.00 non-refundable, application fee, for each application submitted and payable by check, money order, or credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover) is required. Payment by personal check or money orders must be in U.S. dollars and mailed to:

Florida International University
Graduate Admissions Office,
PO Box, 659004,
Miami, FL 33265-9004

Transcripts of all degree granting institutions must be sent directly from each college or university in a sealed envelope to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Send official transcript/s to the following address:

Florida International University
Graduate Admissions Office
PO Box 659004
Miami, FL 33265-9004

Applications to the Master’s and Specialists programs are initially processed within the Graduate Admissions Office, a division of the University Graduate School (UGS). The Graduate Admissions Office is responsible for collecting transcripts, GRE test scores (if required) and the application fee. Any other supporting documentation that may be required (i.e. letters of recommendation, resume, and proof of teacher certification) is processed by the College of Education.

Once the application and supporting documents are processed by the Graduate Admissions Office, the application and supporting documents are sent electronically to the corresponding academic department within the College of Education for final review. All admissions decisions are made by College of Education program leaders and/or faculty.

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If you are an International student or an out of state student, applications are due on the following dates: for Fall Semester admissions, applications must be received by April 1st. The last day for international/out of state students to submit all supporting academic credentials, appropriate test scores, and the Declaration and Certification of Finances is June 1st. For Spring Semester admissions, applications must be received by September 1st. The last day for international/out of state students to submit all supporting academic credentials, appropriate test scores, and the Declaration and Certification of Finances is October1st. For summer semester admissions, applications must be received by February 1. The last day for international/out of state students to submit all supporting academic credentials, appropriate test scores, and the Declaration and Certification of Finances is March 1st.

In addition to the above application requirements, international applicants must provide:

Translations: Official transcripts or other documents in a language other than English must be translated by an official translation agency. Translations must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office.

TOEFL or IELTS: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (IELTS) exam is required of an applicant from a country where English is not the official language or when an applicant's bachelor's degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution. (Applicants who hold an undergraduate degree from an institution within the United States or other English speaking countries are not required to submit TOEFL/IELTS.) The TOEFL score must reflect a minimum score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or 550 or higher on the paper-based exam and a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based exam. An overall score of 6.3 is required for the IELTS. Official copies of test scores must be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Send translations and official scores to the following address:

Florida International University
Graduate Admissions Office
PO Box 659004
Miami, FL 33265-9004

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There is no GRE requirement for the Mental Health, Rehabilitation or School Counseling track.
There is a requirement of a passing score on all sections of the CLAST or GK for the School Counseling track.

Send official scores to the following address:

Florida International University
Graduate Admissions Office
PO Box 659004
Miami, FL 33265-9004

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The length of study depends on the number of credits (classes) taken per semester. The Master of Science in Counselor Education: School Counseling Track has a total of 58 credits. The Master of Science in Counselor Education: Mental Health Counseling Tack has a total of 60 credits. The Master of Science in Counselor Education: Rehabilitation Counseling Tack has a total of 60 credits. Most students who are enrolled full time (9 credits a semester), complete the program in approximately two and a half years.

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How many classes you take is up to you. However, generally a full time student takes 3 classes per semester (9 credits). You must consider your workload, study habits and other responsibilities when enrolling for courses. Graduate school is demanding and requires much study time. If you are working full time, 6 credits may be more appropriate for you, particularly for your first semester in the program.

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Yes, if you pursue the Special Student (non-degree seeking) classification. Up to 9 graduate credits can be taken this way and counted toward the degree if a Special Student is subsequently admitted to one of the graduate programs.

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It depends. Up to six credits can be transferred in but your faculty advisor must approve them as part of your specific program of studies after you have been admitted.

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Yes, but you will have additional coursework (approximately 15 hours) to prepare you for certification from the Florida Department of Education.

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Yes, mental health counseling track students are required to complete a 400 practicum and a 600-hour internship after all coursework has been completed.

School Counselor & Rehab Counselor track students are required to complete a 105-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship after all coursework has been completed.

Students are also required to attend dyad/group supervision meetings with a faculty supervisor on campus once a week for the duration of the practicum and internship experiences.

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