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The College of Counseling provides the academic coursework and clinical training requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor Intern (LPCI) in the state of South Carolina. While the standards for licensure in South Carolina are similar to other states, students desiring licensure from another state should research the requirements for any state where they intend to practice. Most states require a minimum of two years postgraduate supervised practice before full licensure is granted.
A maximum of 12 credits will be considered for transfer toward the counseling core from another accredited school. No transfer of credit will be accepted for the following courses: CNS 5305 Applied Biblical Foundations of Counseling, CNS 5306 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, CNS 5313 Personal and Spiritual Development, CNS 5342 Foundations of Marriage and Family Counseling, CNS 6912 Advanced Counseling Techniques and Practicum, CNS 6937 Internship 1, CNS 6938 Internship 2.
Students without the two prerequisite psychology courses can be conditionally accepted; however, these students will not be allowed to complete candidacy or take certain counseling courses until prerequisites are met. Psychology prerequisites may be completed through CIU's undergraduate psychology program, or a satisfactory CLEP score, or transferred in from other accredited institutions.
Yes, CIU is accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). While CIU is in the process of pursuing additional accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the MA in Counseling program is not currently accredited by CACREP. The American Psychological Association (APA) only credentials doctoral level programs.
Specialization is possible within our program tracks and concentrations, as well as within the student's practicum/internship site work.