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Online master's of education in counseling rated among the best


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MARTIN, Tenn. — Best Online Colleges has named the Online Master of Science in Education with a major in counseling at the University of Tennessee at Martin among the best in the nation for 2014. The listing can be found at and includes 34 schools sorted by affordability, flexibility and efficiency.

UT Martin is the only Tennessee college or university included in the online counseling program list. used data from the National Center for Education Statistics and evaluated it against a unique set of parameters to determine the list. Other factors considered for developing the list include accreditation, graduation rates, satisfaction with school choice, and student debt.

“We’re pleased to be listed among the best online graduate programs in the country for school and clinical mental health counseling,” said Dr. Betty Cox, associate professor and chair for the UT Martin Department of Educational Studies. “A growing demand exists for qualified counselors, and our program does an excellent job preparing individuals for this important field.”

UT Martin’s program offers concentrations in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling within the counseling major. The program can be completed online, but students attend a four-day residency to be admitted to candidacy and continue in the program.

Each student is also required to complete a semester-long, supervised practicum and 600 hours of internship. These requirements are designed to help build a student’s understanding of counseling and prepare him or her for school counseling and clinical mental health careers.

More information about the degree program can be found at and search “counseling.” Interested persons can also call the UT Martin Education Graduate Programs office at 731-881-7128.

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