Counselor Education

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Area Chair
Mike Parent

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

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Ricardo Ainslie

Professor

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.

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Germine Awad

Associate Professor

Studies the effects that acculturation and identity have on discrimination, specifically in populations of Arab/Middle Eastern and African American women.

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Kevin Cokley

Professor, Department Chair

Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professor for Educational Research and Development

Researches themes related to understanding the psychological and environmental factors that impact African American student achievement, and the impact of the impostor phenomenon in academic and mental health outcomes.

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Karen Haas

Assistant Professor of Instruction, CE Director of Training

Supports the clinical training of graduate students in the Counselor Education program, teaches courses related to counselor skill development primarily in educational settings, and supervises students in their practicum experiences.

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Christopher McCarthy

Professor

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.

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Michael Parent

Assistant 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.

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Aaron Rochlen

Professor

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.