College of Education

What is an Addictions Emphasis?

The Department of Counseling and Human Services within the College of Education at UCCS has established a 15 credit hour emphasis that offers students who have been accepted into the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services program the opportunity to seek certification as an Addictions Counselor (CAC II). The university curriculum is designed to meet the standards set forth by the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) including hours of in-class study, additional homework and laboratory assignments. Students may complete the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services and the addictions emphasis simultaneously. UCCS offers the only Masters of Arts degree program in the state of Colorado that embeds the competencies to meet CAC II credentialing.

MA Counseling Emphasis Addictions Curriculum Flyer

How Does the Addictions Emphasis Work?

Once admitted to the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services program at UCCS, students declare an emphasis in Addictions which requires specific coursework. Students who graduate with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Human Services and pass the Master Addiction Counselor Exam will be granted 950 hours of administrative work experience credit over and above the required 1050 internship clinical work experience for a total of 2000 hours.

Application Process

    • Schedule an admissions and information interview with a Department of Counseling and Human Services faculty member early in the process. The goal of this appointment is to answer questions you have about the program, clarify the procedures for admission to the program, and to determine your level of interest in and preparation for the program. Call 719-255-4996 or to set up the appointment.


Core (15 credits)

Course/TitleSemester Credits
COUN 5100 - Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling 3
COUN 5330 - Issues/Ethics/Trends in Professional Counseling 3
COUN 5510 - Principles of Addiction 2
COUN 5520 - Infectious Diseases in Mental Health Treatment 1
COUN 5530 - Theory & Techniques of Motivational Interviewing 2
COUN 5950 - Roles and Functions of the Clinical Mental Health Counselor 1
COUN 5960 - Psychopharmacology 2
COUN 5970 - Advanced Psychopharmacology 1