Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as 12th among publics, 15th overall, the Counselor Education master’s degree (M.Ed.) program is designed to effectively and efficiently meet the increasing demand for counselors in the educational and community settings. Our primary focus is the rigorous study of education, psychology and counseling, and preparing students to work in schools and universities. Graduates of our program will be prepared to:
- Pursue employment as academic advisers, career counselors and student affair officials in colleges and universities
- Pursue doctoral studies in counseling psychology or other related fields
- Pursue certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor or School Counselor (with additional requirements / coursework – see Program Details for more information).
Many required courses are offered during the day or every other year. We encourage students to enroll full-time to maximize their ability to immerse themselves in the academic and experiential learning experiences available while training.
An exciting part of our program is the applied work during practicum placements. We have developed relationships with local school districts and universities to ensure that our students have optimal opportunities to train for future work in academic settings.
Counselor Education Faculty
M. K. Hage Centennial Professorship in Education
Explores the intersection of psychology and culture through such topics as the psychological experience of immigration, ethnic conflicts and the impact of violence within communities, and the relationship between individual and collective identity.
Mike CaverlyAssistant Professor of Instruction
Counselor Education Program Director
Explores the student, and faculty facilitators' experience, of teaching about psychological trauma. Teaches clinical students and supports their training and ongoing development as counselors-in-training.
Studies stress and coping as it relates to professionals in educational settings, health and wellness, and the identification of psychological resources that can help prevent stress.
Michael ParentAssociate Professor, Counseling Psychology Area Chair
Focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and behavioral health in topics of men’s health, gender roles, and muscularity; conducts outreach with gender and sexual minority communities.
Research focuses on men and traditional masculinity, with a particular emphasis on men's mental health, depression, help-seeking patterns, and their underutilization of counseling services.