You’ll follow a prescribed curriculum depending on your area of emphasis. All coursework combines academic study with first-hand learning experiences as you prepare for licensure in your specialty.

In accordance with CACREP (2016) Standards, syllabi for our courses are available for prospective and admitted students to review.  If you would like to preview syllabi for any of our courses, please contact and indicate which syllabi you would like to receive.

Carson-Newman’s clinical mental health counseling specialization prepares you for individual, group and family counseling. With this degree, you’ll find a wide range of vocational options in the mental health field as well as the pursuit of credentials as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or marriage and family therapist (LMFT). All licensure requirements for the LPC and the LMFT are regulated by the state.

Through the professional school counseling program at Carson-Newman, you’ll be prepared as a counselor for pre-kindergarten through grade 12. With a minimum total of 60 semester hours, candidates who successfully complete course requirements, earn a passing score on the professional school counselor specialty area test of the National Teachers Examination (Praxis Series), and earn a passing score on the Program Comprehensive will fulfill requirements for Tennessee licensure.

The MSC/EdS dual degree program at Carson-Newman allows you to complete the degree requirements for both professional school counseling and clinical mental health counseling. With this option, you’ll receive both degrees at the completion of the EdS degree concentration. This dual degree option requires that the coursework for both degrees be completed at Carson-Newman. The concentration areas may be taken in either order.