School of Education & Counseling

Mental Health Counseling (Puerto Rico)  Master of Education

A series of catastrophic events over the past several years, including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic, has created an urgent need to advance mental health in Puerto Rico. Cambridge College's Puerto Rico location provides graduate-level professional training for mental health counseling licensure.

Puerto Rico
60 Credits
Starts September 3, 2024


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Program Overview for the MEd in Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Education (MEd) in Mental Health Counseling provides graduate-level professional training for mental health counseling licensure and includes a solid commitment to an evolving multicultural society. The course work, field practicum, and internship conform to the regulations and licensure requirements of the Professional Counselor program in Puerto Rico.

Classes are offered on-campus and remotely.

Program Highlights for Mental Health Counseling Degree in Puerto Rico

Through its Puerto Rico campus, Cambridge College gives you flexible course options to balance work and family demands as you progress toward your graduation goals.

  • Hands-on experience: Cambridge College's MEd in Mental Health Counseling includes more field experience than many other master's programs in social work.
  • Flexible course options: In a program designed for adult learners, students take flexible, hybrid classes, including nights and weekends, as well as online options.
  • No GRE or Miller Analogies Test. Start your Mental Health Counseling degree quickly, thanks to Cambridge College’s no-hassle application and admissions process. Apply without taking the GRE or Miller Analogies Test.
  • Set your own graduation timeline: You can graduate in two years by attending full-time or you can choose to go at your own pace.
  • Faculty with deep clinical experience: Mental health counseling faculty at Cambridge College in Puerto Rico bring years of clinical mental health counseling experience and keen talents for educating adult students.
  • Connect with fellow students: Cambridge College welcomes MEd students with diverse perspectives on serving various populations seeking counseling services.
  • Study close to home or work: For on-campus classes, it's an easy walk from public transportation or student parking.
  • More value for your tuition dollars: Compared to similar counseling or social work master’s degrees, Cambridge College offers lower tuition to graduate students. Our commitment to affordable education allows more students like you to achieve academic and career goals.

Master's in Mental Health Counseling Program Learning Outcomes

The Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Cambridge College in Puerto Rico prepares you to become competent in the counseling skills required for employment with existing mental health services providers or private practice. You'll learn and be equipped to apply:

  • Principles and best practices of counseling
  • Various psychotherapeutic techniques for working with individuals, couples, families,and groups
  • Group counseling
  • Consultation with organizations and communities
  • Study of human development, dysfunctional behavior and mental illness
  • Assessments, diagnoses and treatments within the scope of a counselor’s practice
  • Referrals from community resources
  • Prevention strategies and treatment plans for substance abuse, domestic violence and the spectrum of mental illnesses
  • Psycho-educational techniques aimed at preventing mental health disorders
  • Research design and methodology

Professional Counselor Program in Puerto Rico

The MEd degree will prepare you to pass the Professional Counselor licensure exam in Puerto Rico, issued by the Puerto Rico Department of Health. The program also offers personalized support toward obtaining your license.

"Cambridge College prepared me with a quality and affordable education for real-world practice. The faculty is knowledgeable, caring, and supportive - and fosters a family-like environment for students to model. As an alumnus, I encourage everyone to consider this institution as an option."

Darrell Byas
Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program (MEd, '17)

Mental Health Counseling Tuition Information

Cost Per Credit
Total Program Tuition
Puerto Rico
Cost Per Credit$344
Credits* 60 credits
Total Program Tuition $20,640

*See curriculum sheet for a breakdown of credits and credit ranges.

Mental Health Counseling Program Concentrations

Focus on your mental health counseling master’s degree more by adding a graduate program specialization. Cambridge College Puerto Rico offers these in-demand degree concentration options:

Prospective graduate degree students for programs in the School of Education & Counseling must satisfy the following requirements plus any program-specific requirements your program may have.

  1. Complete and sign the online application.
  2. Pay the application fee. Pay your $50 ($100 for international students) application fee by the term start date.
  3. Send official transcripts. Maildirectly to Cambridge College in a sealed, unopened envelope. Learn How to Send Transcripts. Required degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities.
    • Master's and most graduate certificate programs require an earned bachelor's degree.
    • Post-master's certificates and CAGS require an earned master's degree.
    • International transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved agency. See all international student requirements
  4. Send your résumé and work experience. Send your resume that details your education and work experience, including how they pertain to your career goals. If your SEC program has a work experience requirement, it will be listed in the Program-Specific Requirements section below.
  5. Submit your personal statement. Write a 500-word, typed, double-spaced essay describing your professional experience, goals and objectives for graduate study. How do you expect your graduate studies to enhance your future career?
  6. Include two professional recommendations (not required for fully online programs). These should address your professional character and ability to perform graduate work. Download Applicant Recommendation Form
  7. Interview (required for some programs). If your program requires an interview, it will be listed in the Program-Specific Requirements section below.
  8. Satisfy Health Insurance & Immunization requirements. (Massachusetts only). These are required only for graduate students taking six or more credits per term in Massachusetts through on-campus or hybrid classes. Health insurance may be waived.

Teacher Licensure Program Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed above, our Teacher Licensure Programs have these additional requirements:

  1. Earned bachelor's degree with 3.0 or higher GPA.
  2. MA Educator Documentation from the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) website. Keep copies of all documents submitted and, upon admission, post in your electronic portfolio:
    1. Massachusetts Educator Personnel ID (MEPID number)
    2. MTEL Communication & Literacy Test, successfully completed.

Required if completed:

  • Massachusetts preliminary license, if held
  • Sheltered English Instruction requirement
  • Fingerprinting and Criminal Offender Record Information

Applicants who do not initially meet all requirements (e.g. GPA of 3.0 or MTEL) for admission into their chosen licensure program must enroll in the corresponding non-licensure degree option. Students who achieve a 3.0 GPA upon completion of the first three SEC courses, pass the MTELs, and now meet all requirements, may request a change of program.

Disclosures: For all Licensure Programs

  • Licensure requirements are subject to change per Massachusetts regulations. All Cambridge College licensure programs are based on current regulations.
  • All candidates admitted for licensure programs must successfully complete the program in its entirety.
  • All requirements at the time of program completion must be finalized prior to seeking Massachusetts endorsement for licensure purposes.
  • If you have any licensure questions, please speak to your program chair.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

An interview is required.

Dr. Santiago Mendez
Cambridge College definitively changed my personal life and professional career. Thanks to Cambridge College, I am supporting others to get the most valuable master’s degree in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Santiago Mendez

Mental Health Counseling Graduate Degree Careers and Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in a variety of mental health counseling careers will grow 18 percent from 2022 to 2032, which is much faster than the average predicted growth for all occupations.*

Earning your Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and then passing the Professional Counselor exam in Puerto Rico allows you to work in a variety of clinical settings as a licensed mental health counselor.

Whether aiming to advance at your current job, secure a higher-level job elsewhere or open your own private practice, this graduate program in Mental Health Counseling opens the doors to many professional opportunities. Graduating with a master’s degree can also boost your earning potential.

The mean annual income for mental health counselors in Puerto Rico is $24,010 in May 2022, with the salaries for the highest 10 percent at $35,520 or higher.**


Projected U.S. employment growth in a variety of mental health counseling careers from 2022-2032*


Annual mean wage for substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors in Puerto Rico**

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder and Mental Health Counselors, (visited Nov. 15, 2023).

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, May 2022 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Puerto Rico, (visited Nov. 15, 2023).

Jobs in Mental Health Counseling in Puerto Rico

Mental health counseling is a growing and versatile career field in Puerto Rico, with a strong concentration of jobs with these types of employers:

  • Individual and family services (private practice or nonprofit)
  • Outpatient mental health care centers
  • Residential centers for people seeking services for developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, and substance abuse
  • Private practice, as a solo entrepreneur, or as part of an existing health practice
  • Local governmental agencies and services, including schools, community centers, veterans’ affairs, and more

Mental health counseling job titles or roles include the following:

  • School counselor or guidance counselor
  • Mental health counselor
  • School adjustment counselor
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Therapist

Faculty Spotlight

Carlos J. Cañuelas

Carlos J. Cañuelas


Senior Instructor

Dr. Carlos Javier Cañuelas Pereira is the director of the Student Center for Counseling and Psychology (CECSi) of the Medical Sciences Campus (RCM) of the University of Puerto Rico. Since 2008 has been teaching at Cambridge College Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of the Río Piedras Campus of the UPR both for his bachelor's degree in psychology and for his master's and doctoral degrees in Orientation and Counseling. He has more than 20 years of experience as a counseling professional mainly...

Maria S. Mangual

Maria S. Mangual


SEC Coordinator Div Counseling CCPR and Senior Instructor

The professional relationship at Cambridge College of Maria S. Mangual started about 19 years ago. She was assigned to teach in the Master of Education in Health because Counseling was not an offering in CCPR. When the College decided to start Counseling she asked to be changed to that faculty. Since then, she has been a professor at CCPR. At the same time, she worked as a school counselor in Humacao, PR. for eleven years. The experience gained in those years allowed me to start a private...

Jorge E. Rivera

Jorge E. Rivera

PsyD, MEd, BA

Adjunct Professor

Jorge Rivera is a professor passionate about teaching his courses. He is a Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has worked in different counseling scenarios and diverse populations from Community College and the Interamerican School of Law in Puerto Rico. Also, he has worked in medical integration in Springfield and is a readjustment counselor who provides services for combat veterans in Springfield, MA. Dr. Rivera is on the community advisory board for Spark for...