Online Counseling Degree

Online counseling certificate and degree programs teach students the fundamentals of human behavior and development while also equipping them with the skills required to provide assistance to those in need. These programs are geared towards compassionate individuals who are good listeners, thinkers, and problem-solvers. Counseling degree programs are available at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral level, and select schools may offer a certificate option.

Individuals who obtain a counseling degree may seek employment at schools, clinics, healthcare agencies, and rehabilitation facilities. These programs may provide the skills required to seek employment as a school counselor, rehab counselor, marriage counselor, career counselor, or substance abuse counselor.

Available Degree Levels

  • Certificate: One to two years to complete
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Four years to complete
  • Master’s Degree: One to two years to complete
  • Doctoral Degree: Three to five years to complete

An online certificate in counseling is designed for graduates who want to obtain training and certification in a specific area of counseling. Courses may include assessment in counseling, counseling theories and application, consultation and program evaluation.

A bachelor’s degree in counseling may prepare those who plan to pursue a graduate degree in the field. These programs may provide training in the psychological and developmental principles of counseling. Courses may include introduction to counseling, abnormal psychology, social policy, and theories of personality.

A master’s degree in counseling allows students to obtain training and certification in areas such as school counseling and marriage counseling. Coursework may include multicultural counseling, group counseling, and concepts in human development.

An online doctoral-level degree in counseling may prepare students to become a counseling psychologist by focusing on human development, working with a diverse population, and developing psychological methods. These programs arm individuals with the necessary tools to develop a practice by discovering their own unique interpersonal style and skills. Coursework may include advanced appraisal techniques, counseling supervision, leadership in counseling, and counseling education.

Career Options

Individuals who have obtained a counseling degree may develop the listening and assessment skills needed to advise those in need of assistance. Online counseling programs may provide students with the skills required to work in schools, clinics, healthcare facilities, and rehabilitation centers. Many counselors choose to work in a clinical setting, while others may prefer to start a private practice.

Possible career fields include:

  • School Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Marriage Counselor
  • Career Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

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