Those who complete the University of Montevallo counseling program are awarded the Master in Education degree in counseling. The program prepares students to perform as professional counselors in a wide variety of settings. The program includes an internship and a practicum experience arranged at participating counseling locations, and a comprehensive examination is taken near the end of the program. Successful completion of the Master of Education degree in counseling fulfills academic requirements for National Counselor Certification for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Alabama. Students completing the marriage and family counseling program track also meet the academic requirements for the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) credential in Alabama.
All department faculty are doctoral-level counselor educators and are actively involved in research and in the provision of professional services. They also serve as leaders in the counseling field at state, regional, and national levels. The program faculty have expertise in crisis intervention, and program coursework emphasizes crisis management skills. Students graduating from the program are well prepared to provide crisis services in all work settings.
The University of Montevallo's Clinical and Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited through March 2020 under the new CACREP standards.