The mission of the Counselor Education Department is to promote human development through training graduate level professional counselors who are qualified to practice in educational, private, and public settings and counselor educators who advance the profession through leadership and advocacy, teaching, scholarship, and service.
The Department is committed to attracting students from diverse backgrounds and to providing an educational environment which is safe, inviting, and supportive to all. The Department was recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) in 2010 with a Professional Identity Award.
The Department of Counselor Education offers a 60-credit Master of Arts in Counseling that prepares graduate students to become licensed professional counselors (LPCs). Students are required to enroll in one of two cognate areas:
- School Counseling
- Addiction Counseling
The Department of Counselor Education also offers a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Counselor Education and Supervision. This program prepares counselor educators and leaders in the field of counselor education and supervision.
The Master of Arts in Counseling, School Counseling cognate is CACREP accredited. The Master of Arts in Counseling, Addiction Counseling cognate and the Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Counselor Education and Supervision cognate are currently under review for CACREP accreditation.
The Department of Counselor Education offers a Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies. This interdisciplinary certificate is designed to meet the didactic requirements to become a Certified Addiction Counselor (CADC or ACADC) or for licensed professionals seeking additional training in the treatment of substance use disorders. The Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies is an 18-credit certificate program and is separate from the Master in Arts of Counseling, Addiction Counseling cognate.