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Graduate Programs - Counselor Education

The Counselor Education Program – An Overview

The Counselor Education Program provides two-concentration Masters level degree programs, a Certificate of Advanced Studies, and a Doctorate in Counselor Education. The School Counseling M.Ed. is designed to prepare students for certification as school counselors. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.Ed. is designed to prepare students for licensure as clinical professional counselors (LCPC). The Certificate of Advanced Studies is designed to help students further their education or to allow students to change their focus in the counseling discipline. The Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education is specifically designed to train those who desire careers as Counselor Educators, and prepares students to work in research-intensive universities as well as teaching oriented human services programs in the community or small Liberal Arts Colleges.

In accordance with the American Counseling Association (ACA) guidelines, our courses are infused, at every level, with ACA recommended core curriculum guidelines for an inclusive, socio-cultural, historical, multi/cross-culturally cognizant curriculum at every level. The Counselor Education program prepares its students to become “system consultants” with extensive knowledge of diversity and sociology of education issues. They are capable of engaging collaboratively with families, community professionals and educators. Small class size allows students to work closely with nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are also well versed in diversity, counseling-psychology, sociology, philosophy, critical theory and alternative forms of intervention. The program’s semester-long practicum and two-semester internship enable school and clinical practice and ensure a strong foundation in advocating for students and clients as well as helping to define the future role for counselors within the school and mental health context. To assist those who are working or have family responsibilities, we offer evening, distance education, and many summer courses.

** Please Note: Although currently not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), our programs’ requirements are closely aligned with CACREP standards.


Dorothy Breen, Associate Professor Emerita
Yung-Wei (Dennis) Lin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Annette Nelligan, Lecturer
Laura Shannonhouse, Assistant Professor

Applying to the Counselor Education Program

  • Scholarship/Assistantship Option: For applicants who are looking for scholarship or assistantship, the application deadline will be Januray 15, 2013.  The complete application materials should be received by the Graduate School by 4:00 pm EST, January 15, 2013.
  • Regular Application Option: For other applicants, the application deadline will be January 31, 2014.  The complete application materials should be received by the Graduate School by 4:00 pm EST, January 31, 2014.
  • For the applicants who miss the application deadlines, the Counselor Education program will encourage them to join the next cohort interview in the next academic year.  In the meantime, these applicants may take fundamental courses as non-degree seeking students.
  • Non-degree seeking students: Students are welcomed to take fundamental courses in the Counselor Education Program as non-degree seeking students prior to the official admission.


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