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A Comparison of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Master's Degree Programs: Are They Really Different?
Cassie Cox Evans and Samuel T. Gladding
While there have been comparisons between graduates of counseling psychology and counselor education programs on the doctorate level (Poidevant, Loesch, & Wittmer, 1991; Zimpfer, 1993), no comparisons have been made between counselor education and counseling psychology on the master’s level. This research focused on three areas of comparison using the eight core course offerings CACREP requires for accreditation. It also examined the number of required hours for graduation from master’s counseling psychology programs when compared to CACREP accredited counselor education programs. Career opportunities for graduates of counseling psychology master’s degree programs were also explored. The overall emphasis of the study was to determine if there were really differences, outside of accreditation, between these two types of programs.