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Counselor education

Help others grow academically and professionally

With a Masters of Arts in counselor education, you’ll be qualified to counsel individuals and groups throughout their lifespan. Become a licensed school counselor and help students develop academically, personally/socially, and in their careers. Study to be a college counselor and work in a higher education setting. Or work towards becoming a licensed mental health professional (LPC or LPCC) and work in a community setting. Whatever you decide, a master's in counselor education leads to a fulfilling career that allows you to do well by doing good.


  • Licensed K-12 school counselor
  • Higher education/college counselor
  • Mental health professional in a community agency
Photo of six of the seven counseling students.
Seven master’s students in the counselor education/counseling and student personnel psychology program have been recognized for their contributions to the program and potential to make a difference in the field of counseling. (Not pictured: Lois Cassell) Read More.

Note: Due to the various impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the counselor education program will NOT require the GRE in the application for admissions for the fall 2022 cohort.

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Coursework and related licensures


The counselor education program is a two-year, full-time program. You’ll study individual, group, and family counseling, research and evaluation, counseling theory, human growth and development, diagnostic assessment, social and cultural foundations, ethics, and career development.

Area of emphasis

Your curriculum requirements will depend on the area of emphasis you choose:

  • School counseling
  • Clinical mental health
  • Higher education


MA curriculum (60 credits)

Practicum / internship

During your second year, you’ll spend two to three full days per week at an internship site practicing your counseling skills under the supervision of an appropriately trained counselor.

Counselor Research Practicum sequence

The counselor education program offers students the opportunity to participate in the Counseling Research Practicum sequence. This unique opportunity is offered by relatively few counseling programs. Students who take this sequence develop applied research expertise consistent with their responsibilities as licensed professional counselors, licensed professional clinical counselors, higher education counselors, school counselors, and professionals in other counseling-related fields. Courses in this sequence provide students interested in participating in a research project the opportunity to document that participation on their transcript. Class requirements are tailored to support your research participation with a research mentor and research team. Learn more.

Licenses you'll prepare for

Successful completion of the counselor education MA program prepares you to pursue the following Minnesota licensures:


Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.



Financial aid

Diversity and inclusion

The Department of Educational Psychology is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our undergraduate and graduate programs, of our teaching and learning, of our research and clinical practice, and of our outreach and service across fields of educational psychology. Visit our diversity and inclusion page to learn more about our commitment to diversity and resources to help all students succeed.

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One of the things I enjoyed most about this program was my cohort, it is very energizing to be surrounded by people who are passionate about the same thing you are.

Marin Thuen, MA '15
School Counselor, Olson Middle School
Read more about Marin's experience
Other counselor education alumni profiles

Faculty and staff

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Carolyn Berger Program coordinator

  • Postsecondary and career readiness
  • Gender identity
  • Accountability practices
  • Best practices for designing and evaluating research-based counseling interventions
  • School-based mental health
  • University and school collaborations and partnerships
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Marguerite OhrtmanMA clinical training director

  • Social media and anxiety with students
  • Working with at-risk students and their families
  • Training of school counselors
  • Resiliency and impact of school counselors
  • Leadership in school counseling
  • School-based mental health
  • University and school collaborations and partnerships
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  • Methods and factors that facilitate the career development of underrepresented and urban adolescents
  • Native American STEM career development
  • Counseling/counseling psychology research
  • Current: Pandemic-related research