The Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has awarded final approval for Lock Haven University to offer two new online Master of Science degrees this fall.
One is a master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
The program will be provided online and will educate students to become license-eligible for the counseling profession in many states throughout the United States.
Licensed professional counselors and licensed mental health counselors can receive third-party payment through health insurance agencies, Medicaid and the Veterans Administration.
This allows counselors opportunities to work in a variety of settings such as mental health agencies, private practice, veterans outreach sites, and hospitals.
"The blend of technology and personal contact throughout the program will enhance the learning environment and facilitate a counseling education to meet the needs of all the students in the program," said Dr. Deborah Erickson, program director.
The other is a master's degree in Sport Science. The program provides advanced preparation for those who love sports and wish to pursue sports-related careers.
Students in the Master of Science Sport Science program can choose either the track in Sport Administration or the track in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
The Sport Administration track responds to the rapidly growing need for those trained to manage all aspects of sport organizations and facilities.
Graduates of the Sport Administration track are prepared for careers ranging from marketing, sales and sponsorship, to event planning and facility management in professional, amateur, educational, and community sport settings.
The Sport and Exercise Psychology track - the only one of its kind in the PA State System of Higher Education - applies psychological principles to the study and enhancement of sport and physical activity performance.
Students in the Sport and Exercise Psychology track examine how psychological factors influence sport performance and physical activity participation and how sport and physical activity involvement affect psychological well-being.
Graduates of this track are prepared to help athletes and others achieve optimal performance.
"This program will prepare graduates for immediate employment," said Dr. Patricia Lally, program director.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics research projects national employment growth by as much as 25 percent and the state Department of Labor and Industry projects growth in Central Pennsylvania at 22 percent for jobs serviced by this program.
Program delivery for both courses will consist of a blend of distance and face-to-face cyber instruction.
Online, web-based delivery enables working adults the flexibility to progress through the program on a full-time or part-time basis, at a reasonable pace, without interrupting their career.
For additional information, contact Jerry Falco, assistant director for graduate admissions, at 484-3869 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The graduate admissions website is www.lhup.edu/graduate studies.