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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.

Careers

  • Licensed K-12 school counselor
  • Higher education/college counselor
  • Mental health professional in a community agency
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Maya Benford, student in the counselor education program, received the Potential School Counselor of the Year Award for 2020 by the Minnesota School Counselor Association. Read More.

#10 in U.S. among counseling and student personnel psychology programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2020

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Info sessions

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Coursework and related licensures

Coursework

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

Curriculum

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.

Licenses you'll prepare for

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

Tuition

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

Funding

Scholarships

Financial aid

Diversity and inclusions

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.

How to apply

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 incoming Fall 2021 cohort.

Alumni profile

"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."

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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
caberger@umn.edu

  • 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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Kelli Howardhowar473@umn.edu

  • Counseling process and outcome
  • Student development
  • Mental health prevention
  • Teaching and learning
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Marguerite OhrtmanMA clinical training director
mohrtman@umn.edu

  • 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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Sherri Turnerturne047@umn.edu

  • Methods and factors that facilitate the career development
  • Transition to work of minorities and adolescents
  • Career and guidance program evaluation in urban and rural schools and Native American tribes
  • Counseling and assessment applications