Counseling Associate's Degree Programs

Counseling Associate’s Degree Programs

Career Options

  • School Counselor
  • Family Social Worker

Expected Salary

$33,030

Job Growth

25%

These projections are estimates based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Those who are interested in counseling generally have a strong urge to help other people and inspire trust and confidence among their peers and the people they are counseling. The mental and emotional toll counseling takes on some people makes it a rewarding yet difficult field to master.

Career Options in Counseling

Associate’s degree programs for counselors can prepare them for many different career directions. Some common counseling specialties are:

  • School counseling
  • Student affairs counseling
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Geriatric or pediatric counseling
  • Family and marriage therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical counseling
  • Career counseling

Depending on the area of counseling you are pursuing, you may be taking courses within your school’s psychology department, criminal justice department, healthcare department, or another area. Some areas of counseling address destructive behaviors such as drug or substance addiction, gambling addition, and other negative life patterns. Other areas assist people in overcoming traumatic experiences such as domestic violence or abuse, while still other areas address difficult life issues such as aging, recovering from a physical injury, or choosing a new career direction.

Throughout these counseling specialties many concepts, such as communication and listening skills, ethics, and patient confidentiality will remain the same. Other concepts will vary depending on the specific associate’s degree program you are enrolled in.

Counseling Program Curriculum

The courses that make up a counseling AS or AA program can vary widely depending upon the counseling specialty you choose.

The core courses are often broken down into these eight divisions:

  • Social and cultural diversity
  • Group Therapy
  • Relationship Therapy
  • Career development
  • Human growth and development
  • Assessing human relationships
  • Professional identity
  • Program evaluation and research

Counseling Associate’s Degree Programs Enrolling Now

Northwestern College

Discover all that Northwestern College has to offer:

  • Financial aid and scholarships (for those who qualify)
  • Day, evening, weekend, and online courses
  • Academic and career advising
  • Free tutoring sessions
  • Employment assistance
  • Externship opportunities
  • An encouraging learning environment
Campus
  • Chicago
Programs
  • Paralegal
  • Paralegal

Charter College

Charter College is a private, independent institution of higher education that follows a new direction. Charter College is neither a liberal arts college, a university, nor a vocational school. Instead, Charter College borrows certain elements from each of those respected educational institutions to create a unique and innovative experience for our students.

We offer career training programs in the growing fields of health care, business, law, criminal justice, information technology, and select trade careers. We strive to provide our students with a career-focused education that is both relevant in today’s workspace and cutting-edge in technology and focus.

Campus
  • Vancouver
Programs
  • Certificate - Paralegal Studies
  • AS - Paralegal Studies

Keiser University eCampus Online

For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions. Degrees are offered with a curriculum that is in pace with technology and workforce demand trends in business, criminal justice, healthcare and computer technology. Our “one-class-at-a-time” approach allows busy students to focus on their education and balance the demands of work and family.

Campus
  • Keiser University eCampus Online
Programs
  • Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies