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Counseling and Psychology


Mental Health Counseling prepares people to provide mental health services to individuals and groups in public and private settings. Graduates of this program often obtain LPC licensure with a Mental Health Service Provider endorsement, which allows them to work with cases of a more diagnostic and clinical nature. Licensure requires supervised clinical experience beyond the hours required for a degree.


The Mental Health Counseling Program at Tennessee Technological University is committed to developing professional counselors who are competent, caring, and prepared to meet the mental health needs of a culturally diverse and technological society. Special emphasis is placed on personal development as well as professional development to become effective mental health service providers for the larger community and region. The program is committed to serving the diverse population of the region and strives to recruit students and faculty that are representative of the diversity in the region.

Diversity Plan



Program of Study

Mental Health Counseling

Courses and Syllabi

Two Year Plan to Complete Program of Study

Admission Process

Admission Requirements and Flow Chart

Admission Steps

  1. Apply online,
  2. Pay fees online
  3. Submit email addresses for 3 letters of recommendation in the online system (step 1). Recipients will receive a request to complete the evaluation online.
  4. Request GRE scores be sent to the graduate school at TTU.
  5. Request undergraduate transcript be sent to the graduate school at TTU from institution attended.
  6. Complete application files are evaluated by the department.
  7. Interview is scheduled (if appropriate).
  8. Notification of admission decision is sent to the student via email.
  9. If admitted in Provisional Standing as a result of incomplete or inadequate applications credentials, the deficiencies must be removed prior to enrollment in a second semester. Lack of test scores or interview will restrict enrollment to a maximum of 9 hours in the first semester. Major program test score requirements must be met or registration will not be permitted beyond the first semester of enrollment.

Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes

The Mental Health Counseling Program has been preparing for CACREP review and has undertaken extensive self-study and improvement initiatives to strengthen the program and guide future improvement efforts. Many of these activities are described in the documents below. A site visit will be scheduled during Fall of 2014.

CACREP Self Study Documents

Self Study Report

Addendum to Self Study

Response to Site Visit Report

CACREP Accreditation Notification


Professional Standards

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Tennessee Licensing Board

American Counseling Association Code of Ethics

Comprehensive Exam Information

National Counselor Preparation Exam (CPCE)

Mapping of Assessment Measures on Course Goals


Mental Health Counseling Handbook

Faculty Program Coordinator

Dr. Mark Loftis 303F Farr Building

MHC Internship Coordinator

Dr. Chad Luke

MHC Assessment Coordinator

Dr. Tony Michael

Core Faculty and Advisors

Dr. Chad Luke 303E Farr Building

Dr. Mark Loftis 303F Farr Building

Dr. Tony Michael
303C Farr


Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association

Counseling Careers

Tennessee Counseling Association

Mental Health Counseling Site Supervisor Orientation

National Counselor Examination NBCC

Tennessee Tech’s clinical mental health counseling track was recently approved for participation in NBCC’s NCC application options for counseling graduate students. As a result, students who are well-advanced in their coursework can take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) while still enrolled. This is the first step toward becoming a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Tennessee. Because this track is accredited by CACREP, the post-master’s experience requirement for the NCC credential is waived for Tennessee Tech applicants. The NCC credential is a prerequisite for several specialty certifications offered by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), including school counseling, clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling, and clinical supervision.