Community Counseling Degree Programs in Colorado Springs, CO

Nov 19, 2018

The Colorado Springs, CO, area has roughly six colleges and universities that offer community counseling or related programs. Get some information about these degree programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Colorado Springs Schools with Degrees in Community Counseling

While no schools in Colorado Springs offer degree programs specifically in community counseling, some colleges and universities provide related studies. Students can find programs in psychology, school counseling and clinical counseling, among others. Most studies are found at the master's degree and doctoral levels. More details about two Colorado Springs universities and their counseling programs are found here. Get information about specific degrees earned and course topics explored in each program. Learn more facts about each school in the table in the following section.

  • The University of Northern Colorado's Colorado Springs campus is located within the city's limits, about 15 miles north of the downtown area. It offers two counseling programs resulting in master's degrees.
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is just 20 miles from downtown and provides both master's and doctoral studies in psychology, which can address counseling practices and methods.

Comparison of Schools

When exploring the types of programs related to community counseling in the Colorado Springs area, it is helpful to examine all aspects of the schools providing these programs. Appearing below are statistics and figures regarding each school's population, acceptance rates, tuition and more.

University of Northern Colorado (all campuses) University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 13,399* 12,932*
Campus Setting Midsize city Large city
Average Graduate Tuition (2017-2018) $12,238 (in-state)
$21,402 (out-of-state)*
$10,351 (in-state)
$20,935 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 93%* 80%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 89%* 93%*
Retention Rate for Full-Time Beginning Undergraduates (2017) 71%* 66%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011) 48%* 43%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

University of Northern Colorado

University of Northern Colorado (UNC) offers two graduate programs in counseling at its Colorado Springs campus. The clinical counseling and school counseling (K-12) master's degree programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates from CACREP-accredited programs have an easier application process when pursuing licensure and are eligible to become National Certified Counselors (NCC).

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The clinical counseling program consists of coursework, 600 hours of internship training and a comprehensive exam. Graduates are eligible to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in the state of Colorado. Most graduates work in mental health facilities, residential treatment centers or parole departments, which may include some community counseling. Students interested in specializing in marriage and family therapy are able to take additional courses at the UNC Denver campus.

Master of Arts in School Counseling

Approved by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), the school counseling master's degree program prepares students to become Licensed School Counselors (LSC) in Colorado. Like the clinical counseling degree, the 63- to 75-credit hour school counseling program consists of coursework, an 18-credit internship and a comprehensive exam.

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) offers a general psychology master's degree with several specialization options. Intended to prepare students for future doctoral studies to become licensed psychologists, these programs are not CACREP-accredited and do not meet LPC licensure requirements. However, UCCS does offer a doctoral degree program in clinical psychology with an emphasis in geropsychology, for graduates interested in working with the aging population.

Master of Arts in Psychology

The master's degree program offers a clinical track and a psychological science track. All students are required to complete the basic psychology courses, the research and methods courses and a master's thesis.

The clinical track focuses on developing clinical skills of testing and intervention. Therefore, students are required to complete courses in these areas as well as complete at least 450 hours of supervised practicum training.

The psychological science track focuses on training students on how to conduct research. Courses in experimental design, statistics and electives in the student's specialization are required. A master's thesis caps the program.

Doctor of Philosophy in Geropsychology

Preparing licensed psychologists to work with the aging population, the UCCS doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Training students as scholar-practitioners, the program requires specific courses and dissertation work centered on the aging of the adult population.

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