Friday, February 15, 2013

Registration underway for planned program in Master of Education in Counseling at OU-C

Ohio University plans to offer a Master of Education in Counseling program on the university’s Chillicothe Campus beginning fall semester 2013, and registration is currently underway. The program will combine clinical mental health and school counseling programs. Plans are to offer courses weekday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. with the possibility of including Saturday classes.

The degree prepares students for occupations that are projected to grow rapidly in the next several years including large numbers of job openings as well as new and emerging occupations.

More information is available online at

Application forms for graduate programs at Ohio University may be obtained from the Ohio University Graduate College:

An information session is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 12 in Bennett Hall room 133 at OU-C.

For further information, contact Christine Suniti Bhat, program coordinator, at or OU-C Associate Dean James McKean at The programs will only be offered if there is a minimum number of students, and it is requested that interested students respond as quickly as possible.

Ohio University program graduates are employed throughout the country and abroad in a variety of positions devoted to service and leadership.

Former students rave about how the program offers a focused curriculum that is tailored for individuals already in the field and which provides the insights they need to advance in their careers.

“The best thing about the program is the way that the faculty members support the students. They were willing to work with us, and they treated us as adults who are working in the field,” said Jessica Grant, who completed the program when it was previously offered on the Chillicothe Campus. “They understand the needs of non-traditional students and that we have family and job responsibilities. The scheduling of classes in the evening helps make it possible for working professionals to complete the program.”

The program has had long-term benefits for Grant, a transition coordinator with Easter Seals in Hilliard. “I was able to build a professional network of individuals who were in the program with me, and those contacts have been invaluable, particularly in connecting with community resources during the course of my job. It is helpful to already have those contacts in place.”

“As a single parent working full time in child welfare for several years with mostly social workers, I learned a learned a lot from several really talented clinical instructors in the M.Ed. program,” said Patricia Mares, a member of the class of 2010 cohort at OU-C. “I highly recommend this program to anyone who wishes to acquire advanced clinical skills.” Mares is a case manager with Buckeye Ranch Foster Care.

“This program gives you more of what you will really do in this field of work,” said Barbara Hart, who completed the program at OU-C and who is currently self-employed with her own counseling business. “The courses are focused with more of what you really need. “The professors were pretty much realistic and down to earth and the internships were really helpful.”

“It was great being able to get my master’s degree locally, loved the small intimate classes, instructors were good, and I felt as though I got my money’s worth,” said Laura Perrott, a current Corrections Mental Health Specialist/Outpatient Therapist/Forensic Monitor, who completed the program on the OU-C campus.

Outside of the classroom, faculty, graduates, and students contribute to their own professional development and the growth of the profession by their leadership in national and state professional counseling organizations.

The Counselor Education Program at Ohio University has a strong reputation and a rich history. It was established in 1948 by George E. Hill, a national leader in Counselor Education.

Ohio University’s programs are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling have been designated as Bright Outlook Occupations by O*NET, the government source for occupational information.


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