How to Find a Counseling Program in Florida

While there are many quality counseling programs in Florida, no one program is right for everyone. Choose a program that meets your needs, which might include budget, scheduling, or other needs. Also, make sure your chosen degree program has the degree type and specialization options that you want.

Counseling Degree Pathways in Florida

The standard degree for becoming a licensed professional counselor (LPC) is a master's degree in counseling (or a similar field). You can find other degree options above or below this, though. High degrees afford opportunities for more advanced studies. Lower degrees allow you to work in the field in non-LPC capacities. The various counseling degrees available are a(n):

  • Associate in Counseling: A two-year degree for students who have only a high school diploma/GED. An associate degree could help you secure entry-level positions within the field.
  • Bachelor's in Counseling: A common four-year degree for students who have at least a high school diploma/GED. A bachelor's could help you secure low-level positions within the field, and/or prepare for master's degree work.
  • Master's in Counseling: A one to two-year graduate degree for students who have completed a bachelor's. This is the degree needed to become an LPC in Florida.
  • Doctorate in Counseling: A terminal degree that often takes three to six years. It provides the highest level of study for students who have a bachelor's or master's degree. Ph.D. doctorates are research-heavy, while Psy.D. doctorates are more clinically focused (but still involve research).
  • Graduate Counseling Certificate: A non-degree certificate taught at the graduate level. It takes one to two semesters to complete and usually requires at least a bachelor's degree. A certificate in counseling can be a good way to specialize in the field.

Choose a Counseling Specialty

Some counseling degree programs in Florida have specialties. If your chosen program offers specialization, you might be able to focus in a particular type of counseling such as:

  • Mental health counseling
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Marriage and family counseling
  • School counseling
  • Psychopathy therapy

A specialization may help you secure work in the particular type of counseling that you want. Consider the clients you would like to work with as you weigh any specialization options that are available.

Check School Accreditation

Accreditation ensures that a counseling degree program meets academic standards. Choose a program that's accredited by the CACREP or the APA. The full names of these two organizations are the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs and the American Psychological Association.

Online vs. Traditional Counseling Programs in Florida

Both online counseling programs and traditional (classroom) counseling programs are available. You may choose an online counseling degree program for its affordability and flexibility. You may choose a traditional degree program if you want more direct interaction.

Becoming Licensed as a Counselor in Florida

To become licensed as a counselor in Florida, you must first complete a 60-credit master's degree in mental health counseling. The program must include 1,000 hours of university-sponsored internship experience. In addition to the degree, you must also complete 1,500 of supervised psychotherapy, pass a licensing exam, and pay a fee.

Renewing your counseling license requires completing 25 hours of continuing education, and paying a fee. Licenses must be renewed every odd year.

List of Counseling Degree Programs in Florida

Are you searching for a counseling degree program in Florida? Browse our comprehensive list of schools offering counseling programs, both online and on-campus, and follow the links to learn more about what each program has to offer.

Boca Raton, FL

777 Glades Rd, Administration Bldg., Room 339
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
(561) 297-3000

Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 284-2211

Daytona Beach, FL

1085 Mason Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32117
(386) 341-8319

DeLand, FL

421 N Woodland Blvd
DeLand, FL 32723
(386) 822-7000

Fort Lauderdale, FL

1500 NW 49th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
(954) 776-4476

3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796
(954) 262-7300

Fort Myers, FL

Gainesville, FL

Graduate Certificate ProgramsCertificate Programs
341 Tigert Hall 300 SW 13th St
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-1202

Lakeland, FL

1000 Longfellow Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33801-6034
(863) 667-5000

Miami, FL

Orlando, FL

Tallahassee, FL

1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32307
(850) 599-3000

Master's ProgramsPhD Programs
222 S. Copeland Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1037
(850) 644-2525

Tampa, FL

The Villages, FL

333 Colony Blvd Suite 216
The Villages, FL 32162
(866) 452-4253

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