Master of Arts
As a graduate student at Doane University, you will find your personal and professional experiences are valued in the classroom. Our high-quality faculty – professionals and academics in their field – recognize that the diversity of experiences of our talented students enrich learning.
All of this takes place in a program specifically designed for busy adults like you:
- convenient class schedules
- flexibility that allows you to keep your careers and family first
- personal attention and support to reach your goals
- opportunities to make lifelong connections of value
Our graduates have moved up in their careers. Achieved greater professional success. Challenged themselves intellectually and personally. Become the best in their positions. That’s why Doane is well respected by both graduates and employers.
Uses an interdisciplinary approach to promote the development of students as both leaders and managers.
The Master of Arts in Counseling program is committed to preparing students to be highly competent mental health counselors with the knowledge, skills, and competencies requisite for the effective and ethical practice of counseling. The course work and clinical experiences are designed to promote cultural awareness and the development of a professional identity as a mental health counselor.
- Knowledge of and the ability to apply the American Counseling Association code of ethics to clinical practice.
- Knowledge of multicultural and pluralistic differences in society and an understanding of the role of counselors as advocates in the community.
- Knowledge of human development and behavior and the ability to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate strategies for counseling intervention and prevention.
- Knowledge of the principles and theories of career counseling and skill in helping clients explore career-focused decisions.
- The ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with clients.
- Knowledge of group formation and dynamics and the ability to utilize ethical and culturally relevant strategies in designing groups.
- Knowledge of the principles and utilization of appraisal techniques, including gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data about individuals.
- Knowledge of the importance of research in advancing the counseling profession, including the ability to read and critique research.
- Self-awareness and the development of a professional identity as a mental health counselor, including the roles and modalities in which counseling is utilized.