Master of Arts
The Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling is a 60-credit hour degree program that consists of 51 credit hours of coursework, 3 credit hours of supervised practicum, and 6 credit hours of supervised professional internship. Each Fall students will participate in a 3-5 day residency on campus, the residency can also be completed remotely/virtual. All Spring and Summer classes will be completed 100% online through synchronous zoom evening classes. This low residency program format allows working professionals to further their education and professional development. This program provides the education for graduates to pursue professional certifications such as art therapist registered (ATR) and art therapist board certified (ATR-BC) with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), certification as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), and State licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in West Virginia and other states. Post-graduate supervision hours and successfully passing exams are required for professional certification and licensure.
3 year, 60 credit hour graduate degree program with low residency and a majority of online coursework.
18-credit Graduate Certification in Art Therapy for students with a master’s degree to enhance their knowledge about the use of art therapy in their chosen career.
For undergraduate students in the Creative Arts Therapy program as a 3+ 2-year program allows students to transition directly into graduate coursework.
Fall Year 1
ATC 502 Materials & Techniques of Art Therapy Practice
ATC 506 Assessments in Art Therapy
ATC 503 Creativity, Symbolism, Metaphor, & Spirituality
Spring Year 1
ATC 507 Professional Orientation, Ethical, & Legal Issues
ATC 511 Psychopathology & Diagnosis
ATC 510 Human Growth & Development
Summer Year 1
ATC 501 History & Development of Art Therapy
ATC 512 Counseling Theories
ATC 505 Assessment Methods in Counseling
Fall Year 2
ATC 513 Counseling Techniques
ATC 504 Group Dynamics
ATC 518 Practicum
Spring Year 2
ATC 508 Addictions Counseling
ATC 519 Internship I
ATC 514 Research & Evaluation
Summer Year 2
ATC 515 Social & Cultural Foundations
ATC 516 Lifestyle & Career Development
ATC 509 Marriage & Family Counseling
Fall Year 3
ATC 517 Thesis
In-state or out-of-state: ONE RATE! Domestic students pay one rate per credit hour for tuition, so whether you live in West Virginia or are an out-of-state student, your tuition will be the same rate: $500 per credit hour.
International students tuition is $600 per credit hour.
The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose specific information to students in a certificate program. This is called a Gainful Employment Disclosure.
Employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 25% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as people continue to seek addiction and mental health counseling services.
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