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

Keiser University eCampus Online

For more than 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, career-focused education in fields such as health care, business, criminal justice and information technology. Our one-class-at-a-time schedules allow busy students to focus on their education and balance the demands of work and family. Whether you choose to attend online, on campus, or both you will be part of a caring learning environment led by experienced faculty who bring textbooks to life with real-world challenges and solutions. Our unique combination of a curriculum that is in pace with technology and the skills employers value along with our “students first” approach provides an outstanding academic experience.

Why Keiser University Online

Online Convenience to Help You Achieve Your Goals

From faculty to admissions, our staff is dedicated to your success.

  • Accessible faculty and staff with small classes to ensure personalized attention for each student
  • State-of-the-practice online classroom technology in a user-friendly format to enhance learning
  • Extensive online resources with access to all student services, including registration, instructional materials and an online library system with a wide range of academic journals, e-books, streaming videos, print titles and research databases
  • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools1
  • Financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify
  • Military-friendly and committed to serving active members of the military, veterans and their families, with scholarships available for those who qualify.
  • Approved for veterans training
  • Transfer credits accepted subject to university approval

Keiser is one of Florida’s largest independent universities and is a valued choice for career-motivated students. We offer associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in fields that are in demand, and we provide job placement assistance to students and alumni.

Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university.

1 Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Keiser University.

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