Counselor Education

Interested in helping others?

We offer three 60-credit programs (42 credits in-person, and 18 online or hybrid). Our program is nationally accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), that help you find the best path for your counseling career. Whether you are interested in working with students in schools, adults in community mental health agencies, veterans, or persons with disabilities, we have a program that is right for you.

Our mission is to prepare competent clinical mental health counselors to significantly impact diverse individuals in a variety of settings (e.g., hospital, agencies, private practice). Our program trains counselors to meet the challenges involved in working in a multiethnic, multicultural and urban environment.

We provide both educational experiences that emphasize multiculturalism in practice and theory as well as opportunities for professional and personal growth. Finally, it is our intent to produce ethical and responsible clinical mental health counselors who function to help others achieve positive personal change. 

During your academic program, you will be guided by expert faculty. Each track shares common counseling courses and supervised clinical experiences to help you develop into a counseling professional. Specialized courses in each track will help you become proficient in your major.

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

CACREP Accredited

In this major, you will focus on building the awareness, skills and techniques that will make you an effective mental health counselor to individuals across the lifespan. You will learn to provide individual and group counseling to individuals from diverse cultural groups and how to diagnose mental disorders.

Successfully completing the program will make you eligible for national certification and state licensure in mental health counseling.

Rehabilitation Counseling

CACREP Accredited

Along with mastering the techniques and skills that will help you become a qualified counselor, you will learn how to work with individuals with disabilities and chronic disorders being served in community settings, state vocational rehabilitation agencies and private rehabilitation centers.

Upon graduation you will be eligible to become a nationally certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

School Counseling

CACREP Accredited and fully approved by the Florida Department of Education

This program prepares you to become an effective school counselor who can work with diverse and multicultural children, their parents and teachers in K-12 school settings. You will also learn how school counseling programs are organized and administered.

Upon graduation, you will be eligible for national school counselor certification and Florida Department of Education school guidance and counseling certification.


The program objectives of the Counselor Education program at the Florida International University are to prepare competent and ethical mental health and school counselors, who: 

    • Understand, masterand apply subject matter from the following areas: 
      • Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
      • Multicultural and counseling diverse populations (i.e., ethnic, racial, cultural, gender, sexual/affectional, class, age, disability and/or spiritual/religious)  
      • Counseling and helping relationships  
      • Personality and counseling theories and practice 
      • Human development theories 
      • Group theories and practice
      • Assessment and Testing  
      • Research and program evaluation 
      • Career and vocational counseling 
    • To increase the number of students enrolled in the program. 
    • To increase the number of students that complete the program. 
    • To ensure students will be satisfied with their overall graduate program experience. 

This program is intended for degree-seeking students only. No non-degree-seeking students will be permitted to take classes in the program, due to accreditation standards and the cohort model of the program.

Contact Us

Department of Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology
11200 SW 8th Street, ZEB 310
Miami, FL 33199
Tel: 305-348-9905