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.
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.
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.
Your curriculum requirements will depend on the area of emphasis you choose:
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.
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.
Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.
Once you enroll in the program, you will be able to apply for the Sunny Hansen BORN Free Scholarship Fund, Counselor Education Fund, or Kay Herting Wahl Fund. Awards range from $500 to $2,000, and students may begin applying in their first year.
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.