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Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University offers the personal attention of a small liberal arts college, coupled with the breadth and global relevancy of a leading research institution. Consistently ranked among the top 25 universities in the nation, Wake Forest claims the distinction of being the nation's premier collegiate university.

The Wake Forest motto is Pro Humanitate, which means to serve humanity. We educate the whole person mind, body and spirit. Wake Forest is committed to helping students find their place in the world following graduation.

Quick Facts


School Name

Wake Forest University

City

Winston-Salem

State

North Carolina

About the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The mission of the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is to train and mentor future leaders in research, teaching and innovation for serving humanity. To carry out this mission, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers three online master’s programs—Master of Arts in School Counseling, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Master of Arts in Human Services. All of the programs are facilitated by well-respected, award-winning educators who have a vested interest in mentoring students and an innate passion for helping all of humankind.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is built upon six core values—critical thinking, service, diversity, discovery, mentoring and ethics. These values are integrated throughout classrooms, laboratories, other research environments and the communities in which we participate.

World Class Faculty:

The faculty at Wake Forest University is some of the most recognized scholars and professional leaders in their industries. Their academic instructional model is a combination of teacher, scholar and mentor all while bringing creativity and provocation to both research and the classroom. The faculty has an innate passion to positively influence society and lead purpose-filled lives. This passion is what makes the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences a desirable place to pursue advanced studies in counseling and human services.

General Information

Institutional Control:

Private

Year Founded:

1834

Academic Calendar:

3 Starts a year

Accreditation:

Higher education institutions that are accredited are held to high academic and quality standards. Wake Forest University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), so when you enroll at Wake Forest, you can count on a highly regarded, quality education experience.

Since 1996, the Wake Forest on-campus Master of Arts in Counseling program has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Both the on-campus and online Master of Arts in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs are approved by CACREP through June 2018.The School Counseling track of Master of Arts in Counseling is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Recognition and Ranking:

Wake Forest University is continuously recognized for its outstanding academic environment and challenging liberal arts curriculum. U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Annual Guide to America’s Best Colleges has ranked Wake Forest #27 among the nation’s Best National Universities. U.S. News & World Report also ranks Wake Forest #33 for “best-value”, a national university offering high-quality education at a reasonable cost.

Career:

School counselor, mental health counselors, social and human services assistant and social community service managers

Serving Humanity By Helping Others - Care and compassion come naturally to you. Now, develop that inherent instinct to improve the human condition into a fulfilling career as a counselor, advocate, or human services practitioner.

Specialized Counseling Services - Reach for the highest standards of counseling professionalism, quality and care. Assess, diagnose and treat clients in important areas of practice such as marriage, mental health, substance abuse, and addiction.

A Commitment to our Children - Develop as a counselor focused on improving the health and lives of children and at risk youth by working in collaboration with educators, school administrators and families in our K-12 schools.

Areas of Study - Online Programs

Master of Arts in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health
Wake Forest University's Master of Arts in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health online program is dedicated to training highly-skilled counselors, who are committed to serving the needs of their communities. Whether they are working in mental health, substance abuse and addictions, career counseling or other counseling specialties, students excel as community leaders, advocates and practitioners who model compassionate service to humanity and promote prevention, early intervention and wellness.

Clinical Mental Health Counselor licensure: The Wake Forest counseling program prepares students for careers as mental health counselors. As a CACREP-accredited program, the program of study through the Department of Counseling meets the licensure requirements for most states. However, certain states may have other requirements, for example four states do not accept online degree programs for licensure. Therefore, it is the student’s responsibility to check with their state licensing boards to determine what requirements are necessary and to plan for meeting those requirements, if any.

Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling
Wake Forest University's Master of Arts in Counseling – School Counseling online program is dedicated to training highly-skilled counselors, who are committed to serving the needs of children and their families. Working in K-12 schools, students excel as community leaders, advocates and practitioners who model compassionate service and promote prevention, early intervention and wellness of children around the world.

School Counseling Certification/licensure: The Wake Forest counseling program prepares students for careers as school counselors. As a NCATE-accredited program, the program of study through the Department of Counseling meets the licensure requirements for most states. However, in some states, school counselors are required to also have a teaching credential and/or teaching experience. Students are responsible for verifying licensure requirements for their individual state.

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