Deadline Nears for Christian College’s Graduate Counseling Degree Programs

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Prospective students interested in George Fox University’s master’s degree and certificate programs in counseling need to apply by Feb. 26

one of the best 50 careers for 2010

The application deadline for George Fox University’s summer 2010 graduate counseling degree programs is set for Friday, Feb. 26. The date is also the early-registration deadline for fall 2010 programs.

The university offers a master’s degree in counseling, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, a master’s degree in school counseling, and an educational specialist (EdS) degree in school psychology. Also offered are certificate programs for Initial Counselor Licensure Preparation and Initial and Continuing School Psychology Licensure Preparation.

Those interested in applying for the university’s fall 2010 counseling programs have until May 28 to submit an application form.

Summer programs begin classes May 10. Applications can be submitted online at

The master’s degree in counseling program prepares students to work as counselors in a wide variety of settings – including in private practice, corporations, nonprofit organizations and hospitals – with clients of all ages. Upon completion of the 56-credit hour degree, which offers two-, three- and four-year program options, students are prepared to sit for the national licensure exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon.

Classes are offered at the university’s Portland Center near Tigard and at its Salem site location. Class times are flexible, offered days, evenings and weekends to accommodate adult learners. The degree also offers the option to add a certificate pre- or post-graduation for additional employability and specialization.

George Fox’s marriage and family therapy program offers the option of earning either a certificate or a master’s degree in the profession, named “one of the best 50 careers for 2010” by U.S. News & World Report magazine. According to the Dec. 18, 2009, article, employment in the marriage and family therapy profession is expected to rise 14 percent between 2008 and 2018.

Both the master’s degree and the certificate prepare graduates to provide counseling to individuals, couples, families and groups across the life cycle in a variety of settings, including private practice, institutional, cross-cultural and with profit and nonprofit organizations.

The marriage and family therapy master’s degree is designed to prepare students to sit for dual licensure, both the national licensure exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as the national licensure exam to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Oregon.

The certificate program is designed for master’s- or doctoral-level mental health professionals who desire to be better equipped to work with couples and families.

Marriage and family therapy classes are conducted at the university’s Salem site and Portland Center locations. The master’s degree consists of 68 credit hours and takes between two and four years to complete; the certificate program consists of 36 credit hours and can be completed in one to two years.

The master’s degree in school counseling program prepares graduates to work with students in public or private schools and to guide them through the development of educational and career goals, to teach guidance-related curriculum, and consult with parents, teachers and administrators.

Upon completion of the program, which is either 57 or 63 credit hours (depending on experience) and takes two to four years to complete, graduates are prepared to sit for the Praxis II School Guidance and Counseling specialization test to obtain the Initial School Counseling License. Classes are held at the Portland Center.

The educational specialist (EdS) in school psychology degree prepares graduates to work in public and private schools, to test and assess students, and to analyze test results discerning need areas for children in Oregon and throughout the country. Offered at the Portland Center, the program is generally three to four years in length with 61 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation.

The program is designed for full-time study, with the first two to three years in classroom course work and the last year in a full-time internship in a public school. The degree prepares students to sit for the Praxis II: School Psychologist specialization test.

All George Fox counseling degree programs are approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Kathy Grant
Admissions Counselor, Graduate Department of Counseling


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