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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. 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.
Check out this video replay or these slides from our recent info session at the Psychology Grad School Virtual Fair on October 6, 2022.
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.
Program mission statement and program objectives (on Student Site)
Your curriculum requirements will depend on the area of emphasis you choose:
Emphasis specific objectives (on Student Site)
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.
Successful completion of the counselor education MA program prepares you to pursue the following Minnesota licensures:
The counselor education program offers students the opportunity to participate in Counseling Research Practicums. The purpose of these courses are to enable students to 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 who are 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. Taking these classes will not require that you pay additional tuition, as it will fit into your full-time tuition band. Course credits also can be used to help you meet the 60-credit hour requirement for LPC/LPCC licensure, and will also allow you to demonstrate research competencies for admissions to doctoral programs. This course sequence is also offered to alumni and other individuals who are seeking to qualify for licensure.
Ongoing research opportunities include, but are not limited to: Pandemic-Effects on College Students, School Counselor Advocacy, LGBTQ+ Research, Autism Research, Career Development Research, Student-Led options.
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 counselor education funding. Scholarships are competitive, and an application will be provided to enrolled students each year.
This funding information is for students interested in applying for scholarships and funding. Visit our giving page for more information on donating to the funds.
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.
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