A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to all professional training programs in psychology, social work, counseling, or human service. Professional schools generally accept baccalaureate degrees in any regular academic discipline; however, many students major in psychology, sociology, or human service. Each graduate program provides information about its required undergraduate coursework in its application materials. Students should select undergraduate classes with these requirements in mind.
Many students pursue a master’s degree in counseling or social work. Both degrees provide the necessary education to take a state licensing examination at the end of a postgraduate supervised experience. Licensed professional counselors and clinical social workers often work in private practice or in public or private agencies and clinics. Typically, counselors are more often involved in psychotherapy with individuals, families, or groups, while social workers are more often involved in case management.
SOU offers counselor preparation through the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program. Undergraduates interested in this specialization are urged to contact the CMHC program for current CMHC admission requirements. Other Oregon universities offer counselor preparation or social work programs.
Becoming a school counselor requires a teaching certificate or training in an educational setting as part of a school counseling master’s program. School counselors work in elementary through high school settings, managing assessment and occupational counseling programs and advising students. They often work closely with teachers and referral sources for students and their families.
Becoming a licensed psychologist requires a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology, postdoctoral supervised experience, and successful completion of state licensing examinations. Licensed psychologists provide a variety of clinical and consulting services in mental health clinics, hospitals, agencies, and private practices. Contact the CMHC program for current admission requirements.