Career Counseling Emphasis

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The Department of Counseling and Human Services within the College of Education at UCCS offers the 120-hour Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) approved curriculum for students who have been accepted into the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services program. Students interested in pursuing advanced education and practice in career counseling and assessment will have the opportunity to pursue an advanced certificate while completing in-program coursework. Students who purchase the additional training manual and successfully complete the COUN 5430: Career Development course will be endorsed to seek the Global Career Development Facilitator Certificate through the Center for Credentialing (CCE).

Once admitted to the Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services program at UCCS, students declare an emphasis in Career Counseling, which requires students to purchase the necessary training materials and includes specific supervision in career counseling throughout the program. Students who graduate with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Human Services and wish to pursue the GCDF credential will be able to gain additional hours of career counseling-specific fieldwork during their Practicum and Internship experiences. For individuals holding a Master’s Degree in counseling, a total of 1,400 hours of career counseling field work hours are required to obtain certification through CCE. Our graduates are encouraged to continue accumulating the necessary hours for certification after graduation, but the endorsement for completing the required coursework will be granted prior to students’ graduating from the program.

Course/Title Semester Credits
COUN 5430: Career Development Offered Spring Semester Only (3 Credits) *

*At the graduate level students seeking the career emphasis must also complete either the AOC, school or Clinical Mental Health Tracks.

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.