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Michelle Spearman

The best route for you would depend on several factors such as: a) counseling specialization interest-school counseling or student affairs or mental health counseling b) where you are currently in the process of earning a counseling degree c) your current profession d) work/life balance e) current major f) current gpa g) career interests

If you already have a bachelor's degree or are in the process, it would be a good idea to research masters in counseling programs that are accredited. One of the reputable accreditations is the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). For more info, visit their website. Contact the schools' counseling department/graduate admissions to learn about their entrance requirements;program requirements/options; post-degree options with that degree; and specializations offered. Find out if the program meets your state's license requirements. Apply to your school of choice. Apply for financial aid. Complete all required coursework/practicum/internships. Meet and maintain gpa requirements.

It would also be a good idea to meet with current professionals in your area of interest to ask them what route they took and what they would suggest for you. I hope this helps in answering your questions. I wish you well.

Answered 6 years ago

Michelle Spearman