Malone University counseling graduates pass NCE exam at 90%

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CANTON, Ohio-- Each year, Malone University counseling students take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) to obtain licensure to practice. During 2020, 90% of Malone clinical mental health counseling graduates who took the NCE passed the exam needed for licensure! This is above the national pass rate average, which was 80% for Fall 2020.

“Although a standardized test is only one measure of counseling skills, this exceptional pass rate shows that our students are excelling above national averages, and are prepared to be competent, ethical counselors,” said Christina Schnyders, program director of graduate counseling programs and associate professor of counseling. “High pass rates simply confirm what we already know to be true: that Malone graduates are equipped and eager to love, serve, and advocate for others as a result of our faith-integrated curriculum.” 

Additionally, the pass rate for the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE 040), the exam for school counseling licensure, was 86% between August 2020 and July 2021. The current state passage rate is 82%. Counseling graduates are employed in a variety of fields, including mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment centers, hospitals, schools, churches. 

Malone’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling tracks are available as hy-flex programs which incorporate classroom content completed in-person synchronously or online with synchronous access to the classroom in real time. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling track is also offered completely online. The online modality offers flexibility and convenience for the busy student. 

“Our counseling programs are a source of inspiration among Malone’s academic offerings,” said Greg Miller, provost. “They consistently produces professional, caring, and analytical counselors who impact the fabric of our community in tangible and mission-aligned ways.”