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Regional Cohort Program


The Counselor Education program at Ohio University is pleased to announce that we are assembling a regional Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) counselor education cohort program for the Ohio University Chillicothe campus beginning in Fall 2017, pending minimum enrollments are met*.  

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* The Patton College offers a variety of programs at Ohio University regional campuses and eCampus. All cohort programs and the courses therein are contingent on a specified minimum enrollment of students. Program start dates may be postponed if the minimum enrollment is not reached. This decision will be made no fewer than 30 days prior to the advertised start date

Program Overview

The Ohio University Counselor Education regional program uses a cohort model, meaning that all students take the same classes at the same time for the duration of the program. The regional cohort is a 2-year (6 semester) program offering evening classes to accommodate a full-time working professional schedule. The regional program will offer the clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) program specialization. Mental health counseling is considered a “Bright Outlook” occupation (O*NET Online), expecting rapid growth in the next several years. Mental health counselors can work in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies, school-based mental health services, and university counseling centers. For more information about professional counseling, click HERE.

Program Mission

The Master's program specialization in CMHC at Ohio University is designed to prepare highly competent professional counselors with an integrated counseling style, characterized by the recognition of the need to work with a client in a variety of areas including cognitive processes, feelings, and behavioral processes.  

Program Objectives

Successful completion of the clinical mental health counseling specialization prepares students to:

1.    Become familiar with the requirements for a professional counselor, the body of literature and research that is central to the field, and professional preparation standards which impact the field as a whole.

2.    Become familiar with the typical characteristics of individuals and communities served by a variety of institutions and agencies that offer clinical mental health counseling services.

3.    Develop knowledge and understanding of models, methods, and principles of program development and service delivery for a clientele based on assumptions of human and organizational development, including prevention, implementation of support groups, peer facilitation training, parent education, career/occupational information and counseling, and encouragement of self-help.

4.    Learn to develop effective strategies for promoting client understanding of and access to community resources.

5.    Develop knowledge and application of principles and models of biopsychosocial assessment, case conceptualization, theories of human development and concepts of normalcy and psychopathology leading to diagnoses and appropriate counseling plans.

6.    Acquire knowledge of the principles of diagnosis and the use of current diagnostic tools, including the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

7.    Learn to develop effective strategies for client advocacy in public policy and other matters of equity and accessibility.

8.    Develop knowledge and application of appropriate individual, couple, family, group, and systems modalities for initiating, maintaining, and terminating counseling, including the use of crisis intervention, and brief, intermediate, and long-term approaches.

9.    Acquire an understanding of ethical and legal considerations related specifically to the practice of clinical mental health counseling.

Program Outcomes

Program graduates are eligible to become licensed as Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Ohio after passing an examination required by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CSWMFT).

  • In 2016, program graduates had an approximately 90% job placement rate within 180 days of graduation.
  • In 2015, program graduates had an 83.3% pass rate for the National Counselor Examination, with 15 of 18 students passing on the first attempt. For all universities in Ohio, the pass rate was 86.2%.
  • In 2015, program graduates have a 61.5% pass rate for the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination, required for independent licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the State of Ohio. For all universities in Ohio, the pass rate was 64.1%.



The CMHC program specialization for the M.Ed. Counselor Education degree at Ohio University is fully accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through October 31, 2017. The program is in the process of pursuing re-accreditation under the CACREP (2016) standards. By maintaining CACREP accreditation, the program strives to provide the highest quality of faculty and curriculum standards.

The program curriculum meets clinical mental health counseling specialization education requirements in addition to the common core areas of curricular experience for counseling including: (1) professional counseling orientation and ethical practice, (2) social and cultural diversity, (3) human growth and development, (4) career development, (5) counseling and helping relationships, (6) group counseling and group work, (7) assessment and testing, and (8) research and program evaluation. 


Approximately 20-25 M.Ed. students are admitted to the Counselor Education regional cohort program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full. Prospective students should apply as soon as possible. To review the M.Ed. counselor education regional cohort program application information, click HERE. To review FAQs for Counselor Education Prospective Students, click HERE.

Prospective students can APPLY NOW through the Graduate College using program code ME6278. Academic credentials, experience, compatibility of personal characteristics and professional goals with advanced study in the field of counseling are all taken into consideration in the evaluation process. Applications are independently reviewed by 2-3 different faculty members. Faculty review personal statement, GPA, test scores, professional and volunteer experiences, etc. Faculty consider the application as a whole (i.e., a single factor will not disqualify an applicant) and areas of low performance can be explained in the Personal Statement. Following the initial independent review, a selected number of applicants are offered an invitation to attend a group interview on campus (or via videoconference as needed). Following the group interview, applicants will be (a) offered admission; (b) removed from further consideration; or (c) placed on a Wait List, so if other offers are not accepted, admission may still be possible. The regional program coordinator communicates admissions decisions via email and official offers of admission are sent by the Graduate College. 

Financial Assistance

For general information about financial aid for graduate students at Ohio University, click HERE. Regional program students are not eligible for graduate appointments in the Counseling and Higher Education Department on the Athens campus, but may be eligible for student employee positions available at the Chillicothe campus.


For more information on the Regional Program, please contact:

Adrienne Erby, PhD, NCC

Regional Program Coordinator
Lecturer and Interim Director of the George E. Hill Center
McCracken Hall 437A