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First-of-its-kind AA in Arts Degree with Emphasis in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science

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As the beloved Fred Rogers used to tell the children watching his show: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping.” A more apt prescription for our times couldn’t fit.

Helping people deal with the sudden changes brought on by COVID-19 laid bare the need for more “helpers” and Chandler-Gilbert Community College - along with Mesa Community College - are ready to  train you to be one of those “helpers” for our community. 

A first-of-its-kind in the nation Associate in Arts Degree with an emphasis in counseling and applied psychological science will launch in the fall 2020 semester, creating a pathway to positively impact your community. 

In Maricopa County alone there are nearly 200 openings a year for trained counselors. Are you ready to make an impact?

What can I do with this degree?

This new AA program will set you up for careers as clinical, counseling and school psychologists; counseling psychologists; educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors; substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors; marriage and family therapists; mental health counselors; rehabilitation counselors; and psychology teachers.

How does it work?

The program will provide the first two years of a four-year curriculum and is designed so you can transfer directly into Arizona State University’s bachelor of science in counseling and applied psychology program. The program will include counseling theories, skills, career and lifespan development, ethics and research methods and multicultural competence. 

Will I be license ready?

No, but the new program will prepare you to enter an undergraduate degree program and eventually graduate studies in counseling or counseling psychology. Graduates may however qualify for entry-level roles as social and human service assistants or psychiatric technicians at hospitals, rehabilitation centers or work in other behavioral healthcare delivery roles, supporting counselors and mental health professionals. For more detail on undergraduate and graduate-level coursework needed for licensing, please see the American Counseling Association for specific details. 

How do I apply?

Text our Virtual Enrollment Team for support with any questions you have. You can text us at 480.351.2221, and we can help you navigate the college admissions process and provide support as you explore which programs might be right for your academic future.

Take advantage of scholarship opportunities - The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation has 100s of scholarships, and you can apply to all of them with just one application.

Graduates with at least a 3.25 unweighted high school GPA can also join our Honors Program and receive the President’s Honors Scholarship. This scholarship covers tuition and the registration fee for up to 15 credit hours during your first semester at CGCC. You can renew the scholarship up to three additional semesters by maintaining that 3.25 GPA at CGCC.

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