Comprehensive and balanced counselor education program.
Preparing graduates to become the profession's next generation of leaders in counselor education, supervision, scholarship and advanced counseling practice.
Counseling & Psychology in Education: M.A., Ed.S. or Ph.D.
The counselor education program provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to enter a growing field where professional counselors are being hired at high rates. Our comprehensive and contemporary program includes a state-of-the-art training clinic and experienced faculty.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master's students can choose to specialize in school counseling or clinical mental health counseling.
School counselors are licensed and certified professionals who provide mental health, personal, developmental and academic support to children and adolescents in school environments. As a school counselor, you will:
- Teach students life skills
- Help with social issues like bullying
- Determine future career goals
- Be an advocate for children
- Providing crisis support
- Participating in and leading treatment teams
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Mental health counselors help people of all ages address their problems and build on their strengths. They use evidence-based knowledge and skills to help people identify and overcome short and long-term difficulties. Working environments range from private practice offices to hospitals and correctional facilities.
As a clinical mental health counselor, you will:
- Provide therapy for issues like depression, substance use and trauma
- Identify persistent patterns of unhealthy relationships with couples and families
- Provide crisis intervention when needed
- Be an advocate for victims of abuse and neglect
Ed.S./Ph.D. - Counselor Education
Although a Ph.D. is not required to be a clinical mental health or school counselor, you may choose to push yourself and your academic training further and become a professor of counselor education in a university setting. Even if you don't become a professor, getting your Ph.D. also allows you to advancement in your clinical work or move into an administrative role.
As a Ph.D. student, you will gain expertise to prepare you for a career in supervising and educating professional counselors. Our schedule of late afternoon and evening classes allow for full- or part-time enrollment. We also offer an online clinical mental health counseling certificate for you to enhance your clinical knowledge.
NOTE: The M.A. and Ph.D programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP, 2009). The Ed.S. degree is not a CACREP-accredited program.
For more detailed admission requirements, refer to Counseling and Psychology in Education in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.
- Eight weeks before classes start
Counseling Program Priority Deadline (Fall Start Only):
- Jan. 15 or April 20
Interview, if applicable, will occur approximately two weeks after the application deadlines.
Online and Off-Campus Options
The Classroom & Beyond
Counseling & School Psychological Services Center
The center provides supervised clinical training for graduate counselor and school psychology trainees and serves as a resource to the community.
Qualified students may be able to get financial assistance and additional experience through graduate assistantships. You can apply through the Graduate School for opportunities within the School of Education.
Our faculty are engaged in a range of research activities and involve our students to broaden their academic experience through discoveries at all stages of the research process.