How to Find a Counseling Program in Missouri

There are a number of counseling programs in Missouri, and no one program is right for everyone. The program that you apply for should meet any financial, scheduling, or specialization needs that you have.

Counseling Degree Pathways in Missouri

Decide what degree you'll pursue, taking your current credentials and long-term professional goals into account. The degree options are:

  • Associate Degree: You can apply to an associate program if you have a high school diploma (or equivalent). The program is two years and will prepare you for entry-level counseling work.
  • Bachelor's Degree: You can apply to a bachelor's program if you have a high school diploma. The program is four years and will prepare you for a variety of non-licensed work. You'll probably work under a licensed professional counselor (LPC) after graduating.
  • Master's Degree: You can apply to a master's program if you have a bachelor's degree. The program is one to two years and meets the academic requirement to become licensed as an LPC.
  • Doctorate Degree: You can apply to a doctorate program if you have a bachelor's degree, but more competitive programs might require a master's. The program can take three years or more and can focus on research (a Ph.D. program) or clinical work (a Psy.D. program). Either degree will prepare you for leadership positions.
  • Graduate Certificate: You can apply to a graduate certificate program if you have a bachelor's or master's degree. The program lasts six to twelve months and gives you an opportunity to specialize in a particular counseling discipline.

Choose a Counseling Specialty

Should you wish to specialize in a particular type of counseling, you can do so through a degree track or a graduate certificate. Specializations include the following and other options:

  • Clinical mental health counseling
  • Clinical addiction counseling
  • Career counseling
  • School counseling
  • Community counseling

Check School Accreditation

The counseling degree program you apply to should be fully accredited by a body that Missouri recognizes. Only accredited programs have credits that transfer and degrees that qualify for licensing.

Acceptable accrediting entities include the CACREP and the APA. These respectively are the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs and the American Psychological Association.

Online vs. Traditional Counseling Programs in Missouri

You'll find good programs both online and in traditional format. Attending a traditional program that has in-person classes affords the most opportunity for interaction with fellow classmates and faculty members. Attending an online program allows you to stay where you currently are, and will likely save you some money on tuition. Which is better for you depends on your situation.

Becoming a Licensed Counselor in Missouri

To become a licensed counselor in Missouri, you'll need to complete a 48-credit master's degree that has 600 internship hours (called a practicum). You then must complete 3,000 supervised hours of counseling, pass an exam, and pay a fee.

You'll need to renew your license biennially once you're a licensed professional counselor in Missouri. The state requires 40 hours of continuing education work, 20 of which must be through a formal program. The remaining 20 can be self-study or a formal program. You also must pay a renewal fee.

List of Counseling Degree Programs in Missouri

Are you searching for a counseling degree program in Missouri? 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.

Cape Girardeau, MO

Master's Programs
One University Plaza, MS2025
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 651-2000

Columbia, MO

105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-2121

Kansas City, MO

Master's Programs
5000 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 235-1000

Kirksville, MO

Master's Programs
100 E Normal Avenue
Kirksville, MO 63501-4221
(660) 785-4000

Maryville, MO

Master's Programs
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001
(660) 562-1212

Saint Louis, MO

Master's Programs
12330 Conway Road
Saint Louis, MO 63141-8609
(314) 434-4044

Master's Programs
One North Grand Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63103-2097
(314) 977-2222

One University Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63121-4400
(314) 516-5000

Master's Programs
470 E Lockwood Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63119-3194
(314) 968-6900

Springfield, MO

901 S National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
(417) 836-5000

Warrensburg, MO

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