Jun 17, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024 
Graduate Catalog 2023 - 2024

Counseling, Clinical Mental Health, M.Ed.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialization leading to a Education, M.Ed.  degree.

Sixty credit hours leading to a degree in mental health counseling.


The clinical mental health counseling program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Academic Programs (CACREP).  The Clinical Mental Health program model is: The Counselor as facilitator of human development and adaptive functioning in emotional, social, and career domains. This model is designed to reinforce training that is holistic. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Cleveland State University, established in 1984, has evolved in a rich human environment and it brings together a diverse student body with a vast array of professional aspirations. It aims at reaching adult learners who are employed in educational and human service settings and therefore offers degrees on a part-time as well as full-time basis and with late afternoon and weekend course offerings. The program integrates a core counseling curriculum with rigorous clinical coursework, practica and internships that prepare graduates to sit for the state counseling exam in Ohio (the National Counselor Exam, or “NCE”) and ultimately obtain the Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) license in Ohio. Graduates from this program go on to work independently, at agencies in the community, or continue their education pursuing doctoral studies.

Clinical and Field-Based Experience

There are two separate clinical, field-based courses. The first is CNS 680 - Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum . This is a one-semester course requiring 100 hours of clinical field experience. Counseling Practicum for clinical mental health counseling students is offered in the spring and summer semesters. The second clinical, field-based experience is the two part internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  This is an intensive, two consecutive-semester learning experience.  These courses are offered in the Fall-Spring sequence of an academic year.  Students complete their field work in a variety of placement settings including community-based agencies, hospitals, college counseling centers, and private practices.

Eligibility for Clinical Mental Health Practicum (CNS 680 )

Students begin planning for their practicum one or two semesters prior to the term they will actually complete this first field-based training.  There is a mandatory Practicum Orientation meeting held in mid-Fall semester for all students planning to take CNS 680  the following Spring or Summer semester.  The prerequisite courses for CNS 680  are CNS 517 , CNS 620 , and CNS 622 .

Eligibility for Agency Counseling Internship (CNS 686  and CNS 687 )

Students plan their programs so they can apply for internship two semesters in advance of the term in which they wish to take it. There is a mandatory Internship Orientation meeting held in early Spring semester for students planning to do their internships the following Fall and Spring.  There are a number of prerequisite courses in order for students to be elibigle for an internship placement, including CNS 680  (practicum), CNS 529 , CNS 623 , and CNS 706 .  All prerequisite courses need to be completed with a final course grade of B or better in order to satisfy the prerequisite requirement.  

Program Admission Eligibility

Applicants who meet the initial requirements (GPA over 2.75, GRE or MAT, two letters of recommendation) are granted conditional admission to the program. After they successfully pass CNS 620  with a grade of B or better, they are fully admitted into the program as degree-seeking. Students who do not meet the initial requirements are eligible to enroll in the courses open to non-degree seeking students. Those courses are CNS 504 CNS 505 EDB 601 , CNS 524  and ALD 603 

It is strongly recommended that students enroll in CNS 620  in their first semester. This course is used to evaluate student’s attainment of critical benchmarks including interpersonal competence and content knowledge, both of which are requirements for the advanced coursework and field placements (Practicum and Internship). Students who do not successfully complete CNS 620  with a B or better are entitled to a concerned conference with the instructor as well as CSU Judicial Affairs. Outcomes of concerned conferences include probation with conditions, remediation, career and/or individual counseling services, or program withdrawal.

Program of Study

(60 credits) 

Cultural Human Development

Screening Courses

Group Process

Intervention and Prevention of Mental and Emotional Disorders

Psychopathology and Personality

Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders

Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders

Elective Credits

The remaining six credits are elective. Students pursuing PCC licensure in Ohio should fulfill these elective credits with courses from the clinical course-work offerings in counseling. These are listed on the department Web site at https://levin.csuohio.edu/casal/casal.

For further information about the Counselor Education Program, contact the Department of CASAL at (216) 687-4613 or go to the department Web site at https://levin.csuohio.edu/casal/casal.