About the Program
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.
The objectives of the Counselor Education program at the Florida International University are:
1. To prepare competent and ethical mental health and school counselors, who:
• Understand, master and 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
2. To increase the number of students enrolled in the program.
3. To increase the number of students that complete the program.
4. To ensure students will be satisfied with their overall graduate program experience.
Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination
Students enrolled in the counselor education programs must complete and pass examinations required for graduation. The Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) is a multiple-choice exam taken by students in the Clinical Mental Health major.
Students are provided authorization to take the CPCE exam once they are registered for practicum courses. The updated testing administration process includes students registering with CCE: Go to the CPCE registration link and fill out the required information (https://email@example.com/Registration/CPCE_CBT_Welcome), complete this registration
at least 7 business days (not calendar) before testing to allow sufficient processing time.
Once students complete the registration, they will receive an “Authorization to Test” email from Pearson within 7 business days.
Students can test up to 3 times within the 6-month eligibility period if their eligibility will
not expire before the test date. Eligibility period extensions can be granted by the exit exam coordinator on a case-by-case basis.
There is a $75 fee that will be paid individually during the CPCE online student registration process once applications are approved. The CPCE exam is offered at FIU during the fall and spring semesters. However, students are able to take the exam during summer semesters at other local sites in the area and pay the applicable fees to them. Prior approval must be obtained from faculty.
- Deadline: February 14, 2020 - 5 p.m.
- Administration Date: March 14, 2020
- Deadline: September 11, 2020 - 5 p.m.
- Administration Date: October 10, 2020
Students must have completed 30 semester hours and taken the following coursework prior to applying for the CPCE:
- MHS 5340: Educational & Vocational Counseling
- MHS 5400: Counseling Skills & Techniques
- EDP 6277: Human Development Across the Lifespan
- MHS 6700: Ethical, Legal & Professional Issues in Counseling
- MHS 6511: Group Counseling
- MHS 6428: Cross Cultural Counseling
- SDS 6411: Counseling Children & Adolescents
- MHS 6200: Measurement & Appraisal in Counseling
- MHS 6802: Personality Theories
- MHS 6630: Program Evaluation and Research in Counseling & School Psychology