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Child and Adolescent Counseling
MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

As a clinical mental health counselor, your understanding of the latest theory and best practices can help you encourage young people to grow socially and emotionally. The Capella MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Child and Adolescent Counseling specialization offers tools and knowledge to help you find your own path in this field.

Learn developmentally appropriate interventions related to play therapy, family therapy and treatment and intervention planning for childhood and adolescent disorders. You’ll also learn to work with developmental, multicultural, ethical and legal issues related to diverse child and adolescent populations.

You’ll complete two foundational play therapy courses and choose two additional courses to help you find your own style as you work with child and adolescent populations.

As part of the 90-credit CACREP-accredited* program, this specialization is designed to help prepare students to pursue professional licensure as a licensed professional counselor or mental health counselor.**

*Capella University’s PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and MS in School Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2028.

**This specialization is not designed to prepare students to pursue professional licensure in the education field. Capella University cannot guarantee eligibility for licensure, endorsement, other professional credentials or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. State licensing boards review each applicant’s completed education, exam scores, supervised experience, criminal history and application materials at the time of license application to determine eligibility. For more information, see the professional licensure disclosures for this program on Capella’s website.

Real-world learning

Enhance your skills with residencyinternship and practicum experiences that integrate your knowledge with practice.

Focused curriculum

Our curriculum is aligned with accreditation and professional standards and is designed to help serve today’s contemporary societal issues facing individuals, groups and families.

Expert faculty

Our counseling faculty are highly qualified educators whose robust clinical and professional experiences enrich the learning environment and course room experience.

Classes start May 6

Use the code WINTER to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • GuidedPath
  • Online & in person
  • 13 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 2 Residencies
  • 1 Practicum
  • 2 Internships
  • CACREP accredited

Reduce your tuition by $2,500

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2,500 Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Child and Adolescent Counseling.

Job titles to explore

  • Mental health therapist
  • Mental health clinician
  • Mental health professional
  • Mental health counselor
  • Crisis response counselor
  • Counselor
  • Licensed mental health therapist
  • Behavioral health therapist
  • Outpatient clinician
  • Child and adolescent case manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Public administration
  • Professional, scientific and technical services

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.