Required Coursework

Program Overview

The Clinical program offers a 42 credit option suitable for entering a doctoral program. If you'd prefer to get licensed, you should pursue the 60 credit option that meets the educational requirements in the "Licensed Professional Counselor" (LPC) statute. The LPC law can be read at: . Questions about licensure are addressed Clinical Licensure Information

All Clinical Students Must Take:

  • 9 credits Core Courses, and CCEs following the last (3rd) Core Course
  • 6 credits in Skill I Courses, which can be taken before or in conjunctions with the Core Courses
  • 9-18 Electives depending on 42 credit or 60 credit degree option. 60 credit degree options must include specific electives, noted below. Electives can be taken before or after degree candidacy

After those courses the student is advanced to degree candidacy and must take:

  • 6 credits in Skill II Courses, taken after passing CCEs
  • 6 credits in Skill III Courses from 4 course options
  • 6 credits of Internship at 600 Hours

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All Clinical students MUST take 3 core courses:

Core Courses: 9 credits

  • Psyc 530 Child Development in the Family System
  • Psyc 612 Research Design and Statistical Analysis
  • Psyc 635 Psychopathology 

The Skill I courses may be taken BEFORE passing all of the Core Competency Exams (CCEs):

Skills I: 6 credits         

  • Psyc 630 Group Process and Personality
  • Psyc 631 Psychotherapy and Intervention Skills

Advancement to degree candidacy

After passing all sections of the CCEs students and advancing to degree candidacy, students may take Skill II, Skill III, Internship and complete remaining electives. 

Skills II: 6 credits (both required)

  • Psyc 671 Psychological Assessment (fall, spring, summer)      
  • Psyc 673 Personality Assessment (spring , summer)          

Skills III: Selected Therapies: 2 courses/min. 6 credits:

  • Psyc 632 Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (fall)
  • Psyc 634 Child Psychopathology (summer; limited space for Clinical)
  • Psyc 636 Cognitive Therapy (fall)
  • Psyc 638 Cognitive-Behavior Therapies (spring) 

**Students must complete ONE of the above therapy courses BEFORE enrolling in internship.

  • Psyc 682 Internship 6 credits/600 hours; OFFERED SPRING ONLY.

42 credit (doctoral program) option:

  • Electives: 9 credits                                                    

TOTAL: 42 credits

60 credit (licensure) option:

Electives: 18 credits total, including 3 specific courses for Licensure

  • Psyc 537 Ethics and Professional Practice
  • SCCN 630 Multicultural Counseling
  • SCCN 645 Career Development

TOTAL: 60 credits


The following courses are available as electives; semester of offering may change:

  • Psyc 515 Physiological Psychology (fall)
  • Psyc 517 Tests and Measurements (spring)   
  • Psyc 526 Advanced Adolescent Psychology (spring)
  • Psyc 536 Applications of Biopsychology (spring)
  • Psyc 537 Ethics and Professional Practice (summer)
  • Psyc 540 Classroom Intervention (fall; mainly for School Psychology students)
  • Psyc 547 Applied Social Psychology (fall)
  • Psyc 586 Childhood Disorders (fall or spring)
  • Psyc 625 Human Growth and Development (spring) 
  • Psyc 634 Child Psychopathology and Interventions (4 credits; summer)
  • Psyc 637 Family Therapy (3 credits as elective; summer)
  • Psyc 646 Consultation (spring; limited space for Clinical)
  • Psyc 696 Research Methods in Psychology (3 credit; thesis preparation)
  • Psyc 699 Thesis (3-6 credits; take after Psyc 696)
  • SCCN 630 Multicultural Counseling (summer, fall)
  • SCCN 645 Career Development (summer, fall)
  • Important Details

    Download the Program of StudyDownload the program of study by semester organized by 3 or 2 classes a semester.

    Core Competency Exams (CCEs): You MUST take CCEs in the 4th week of the semester following completion of your last (3rd) core course. CCEs are given fall, spring and summer. They are one-hour essays on the core courses, graded pass/fail. If any CCE section is failed, it MUST be retaken the next semester. Passing all sections of the CCEs is required in order to take Skills II and Skills III courses and to advance to degree candidacy.

    If a student fails any CCE section twice, the Graduate Committee will decide on the disposition of the student's case. Students should know that one option is dismissal from the program.

    Advancement to Degree Candidacy   This means that your academic progress is good enough for you to take advanced courses. Criteria for advancement to degree candidacy are:

    1. Obtain a minimum 3.0 QPA in the 3 core courses*
    2. Pass all Core Competency Exams (CCEs)
    3. Receive a satisfactory evaluation from the Graduate Committee

    *Students cannot get a B- in more than one course in order to meet the Graduate Studies minimum QPA requirement of 3.0.

    Each semester the Psychology Graduate Committee updates students' candidacy status and gives the list to the Graduate Dean.

    Check your candidacy status on your Degree Audit report. Concerns about degree candidacy status should be directed to Graduate Studies (872-3030).

    Internship Information

    Psyc 682 Internship: 6 credits/600 hours; OFFERED SPRING ONLY. In the fall, students should get Internship Packets with lists of sites and forms. Students are responsible for making site visits to arrange placement, but  Dr. Haferkamp, Clinical Program Coordinator, must approve placements and field supervisors. Students may NOT do internships where they are employed.

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