Flexible Schedule Geared Toward Adults

Many counseling students balance family life and part-time or full-time jobs while completing a degree. We offer fairly flexible non-cohort class schedules geared toward students who might be working during the day. Most classes are available during evenings and weekends, and we also offer some daytime courses for students who prefer to be in class during the day.

You may choose a heavier credit load and more daytime classes to graduate more quickly (two to three years, depending on program and start date) or spread the same curriculum over four-plus years. Students who are working full time generally follow a four-year plan. Students can start with a shorter two- or three-year plan and then later switch to a longer plan if they find the pace too demanding.

Internship Phase

Counseling Program Course Schedule includes various therapy and clinical practicum classes

Students in all four of our counseling degree programs complete a year-long internship during their final year of study. Internships provide students the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills they’ve gained, applying theories and skills under supervision. The George Fox internship experience gives students greater success in transitioning from being a graduate student to becoming a mental health professional.

Students in our MA Clinical Mental Health and MA Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling degree programs pursue internships in a wide variety of settings:

  • Community mental health centers/counseling centers
  • Human service agencies
  • Community and faith-based nonprofits
  • Private and group practices
  • Hospitals, medical clinics and health care organizations
  • Schools and universities
  • Rehabilitation centers, including substance abuse rehabilitation
  • County and state services
  • Veterans centers
  • Residential treatment homes and behavioral health homes
  • Correctional facilities

Students in our MA School Counseling and EdS School Psychology programs indicate preferences for placement in various districts and schools in the area, including, but not limited to, elementary, middle and high schools.

Tony Lai

When they begin their internship, they are prepared to do work in the real world. The simplest way to describe George Fox students is that they are some of the most wonderful human beings I have encountered. Their sense of calling and desire to serve is the biggest and most unique characteristic that makes them stand out. We have a joke in our agency that we have hit the supervisor lottery with the George Fox students who have chosen to intern with us. We’ve had a number of great students from George Fox come through our doors and have continued to work with several of them after graduation.

In my private practice I do a lot of supervision of recent graduates. George Fox graduates bring a distinct level of readiness to the mental health field. They come to their positions prepared and ready to contribute.

- Tony Lai MA, LPC, Yamhill County Family & Youth Programs

Can I continue to work during the internship?

This phase of the program is more challenging for students who are working. Some students in the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling, and MA School Counseling programs choose to reduce their work hours during the final year of the program, while others flex their work schedules and continue working full time during their internship.

The internship phase for EdS School Psychology requires 40 hours per week in a school setting, so students with a full-time job will need to leave work to finish the final year of the program.

For students in the clinical mental health counseling, marriage, couple and family counseling, and school counseling programs, this internship is unpaid. School psychology internship sites often pay interns a stipend for their year of work as an intern.

Curriculum Sequence

Click on a Best Routes course guide below and scroll to your target start date (fall, spring or summer) and preferred plan (two, three or four years). Students receive an updated Best Routes guide after admission.