MSED: Counseling: Clinical Mental Health

Learn how to use your passion to address a wide variety of wellness, prevention and mental health concerns

The specialization in clinical mental health counseling will prepare counselors to address a wide variety of wellness, prevention and mental health concerns. This concentrated graduate program is tailored for graduates to meet current educational requirements to pursue licensure in the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider (LPC/MHSP). Students outside the state of Tennessee may also be eligible for licensure within their home state after completion of our degree program. Counseling program faculty are available to advise prospective students about that process and to determine licensure eligibility prior to admission into the program.

Program Highlights

  • 100% Online Coursework
  • There is no GRE requirement.
  • The MSED: Counseling: Clinical Mental Health is currently seeking CACREP Accreditation.

Application Requirements

Application Process

Application Deadlines

Fall 2023:   July 24

Spring 2024: October 8

Summer 2024: February 20

Fall 2024: February 20

The Counseling Program Admission Committee adheres to the 2016 CACREP Standards in its admission procedure. Specifically, Section 1.L.:

Entry-level admission decision recommendations are made by the academic unit’s selection committee and include consideration of each applicant’s (1) relevance of career goals, (2) aptitude for graduate-level study, (3) potential success in forming effective counseling relationships, and (4) respect for cultural differences.

To assist the Committee in making these decisions, applicants are required have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and to complete the following process:

An online application must be submitted and the following materials will be required in the online application prior to committee review by the Counseling Admissions Board.

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from supervisors, school superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and/or employers. Each letter must provide clear evidence that addresses the candidate’s counseling skills and/or potential which will enable the individual to become a counselor.
  • A two-page typed essay that fully describes the candidate’s skills and experiences relevant to becoming a successful counselor. The candidate must also discuss the perceived personal abilities and attributes that will enable the counseling candidate to become a successful counselor.
  • A resume that fully describes the candidate’s degrees, and importantly, describes the person’s occupational experiences – particularly any counseling experiences obtained.
  • A signed Acknowledgement of On-Campus Residency
  • Documentation of teaching experience for those applying to the School Counseling concentration provided by the applicant’s school system on appropriate letterhead. Applicants without teaching experience must submit a signed Acknowledgement of Teaching Experience.
  • A signed Criminal Background Check acknowledgement form
  • A signed VECHS Waiver Agreement and Statement
  • All transcripts where a degree was conferred. Transcripts must be official copies and should be sent to UT Martin Graduate Studies.
  • A $40 application fee paid prior to application submission.
  • For more information about Graduate Tution, please visit the Office of the Bursar website.
Application Review and Interview

The Admission Committee will review each application packet and determine whether the applicant has met initial requirements to be considered for admission. The applicant will be contacted in order to schedule a virtual interview with a committee member. After the interview the Admission Committee will make a final determination of acceptance and the applicant will be notified.

Admission is dependent upon submission of these documents and a positive review by the Counseling Admission Committee. All supplemental materials listed above must be submitted to the College of Education, Health, and Behavioral Sciences Graduate Programs. Materials should be emailed to; transcripts should be sent to Graduate Studies.

Office of Graduate Studies

227 Administration Building

Martin, TN 38238

Academic Program Requirements

Additional Program Information

Mission and Goals

The mission of the University of Tennessee at Martin's Master of Science in Education with a major in counseling is to prepare socially ethical and competent professionals in clinical mental health and school settings. We aspire to develop counselors who are technically skilled, personally aware, empathic, and accepting of the cultural and social differences of their clients or students.

The UTM Counselor Education Model is designed to develop counselors who are enhancers of human development and believe counselors should know how to improve learning through the use of a wide variety of materials including human and technological resources. Therefore, embedded within and intertwined among components of the conceptual framework are the commitments to diverse learners and the use of technology as an additional communication tools to enhance student learning.

Program Objectives

The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) has identified eight common core curricular areas that are required of all counselor training programs. After completing the graduate degree, our students should be prepared to enter the counseling profession confident in their ability to meet the standards of their chosen professional specialization. The following Program Objectives have been developed to reflect the eight common core areas:


Students will demonstrate sufficient knowledge of content within the eight common core curricular areas (professional orientation and ethical practice, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, assessment, and research and program development).


Students will demonstrate effective counseling skills in their coursework and during their field experiences.

Professional Behavior

Students will adhere to the ethical code of their counseling professional association when completing coursework and field experiences.


Students will demonstrate knowledge of their specialty area (clinical mental health counseling or school counseling).

Student Learning Outcomes Annual Reports

Counseling Program Annual Report

Each academic year the Counseling Program develops an Annual Report that complies with CACREP Standards. The report documents important data for both the Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling specialty areas.

Licensure Information
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Master of Science in Education:Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Dr. David Dietrich
240M Gooch Hall
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238