Department of Counselor Education
MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credits) | MEd School Counseling (51 credits)
Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for your interest in our program! Below, you will find general information about our department as well as specific information about our two graduate degree programs.
- How long will it take to complete this program? If you are going full-time (4 courses/semester), it will take approximately 2 years for the MEd and 2.5 for the MS
- Will I be able to work while attending? Many of our student do work while completing their graduate degree; however it does become quite challenging during field work when you are having to be at your site three days/week and take courses.
- Where and when are classes held? All classes are held at the Graduate Center (off campus – free, ample parking!!!) and are either from 4:00-6:45 or 7:00-9:45. You WILL have to take both 4:00 and 7:00 classes to finish your degree.
- What is the typical class size? Our class sizes range from 6-12 for field classes and 12-24 for core classes.
- What if my undergraduate degree is in a different field? That’s okay! We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds!
- Who can I contact if I have more questions? You may contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Cheryl Neale-McFall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- What is involved in the practicum/field work? The field work consists of three separate semesters: The first field semester is practicum, which requires 100 hours in the field, the second and third field semesters are for internship and they require 300 hours (each) in the field.
- How are placements decided? We have a director of field placement (Triniti Anderson) who is available to assist you in this process, but we do allow you to find your site.
- How do I apply? In order to apply, please visit the Graduate Studies website and click on Prospective students. There you will see information on steps for how to apply.
- What are the deadlines to apply? If you are applying for the MEd School Counseling degree, the deadlines to apply are March 1st and October 1st. If you are interested in applying for the MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling, the deadline to apply is February 1st. We only admit once a year for this program and this is a cohort-based program that begins in the fall semester. Successful completion of an individual and group interview is required for admission into this program.
- What are the requirements to apply? We are looking for at least a 3.0 GPA in order to apply to either program. You are required to submit an official undergraduate transcript, letters of recommendation (2), a personal statement, and potentially come in for an individual and group interview. You do NOT need to submit GRE scores.
- How many students typically apply for/get accepted into the programs? Over the past few years, we have had approximately 70 CMH applicants and 85 SC applicants. For the CMH program, we accepted 19 for our cohort (~27%). For SC applicants, we accepted 42 (~50%).
- Are graduate assistantships offered in your department? Graduate Assistantship positions are highly competitive. Like almost every institution, there are more applicants than available positions. The likelihood of being hired is based on a number of factors, probably the most important is experience for the position being hired. In the case of our department, research experience is vital. This past year we had three open positions that were filled and 18 applications that were reviewed.
- What do I do after I am accepted? Once you are accepted, you will receive a letter from Graduate Studies informing you of your acceptance, followed by a letter from the Department of Counselor Education with specific information on your advisor, new student orientation, course sequence, etc…
- If I were to earn my MEd in School Counseling, would I be able to use that degree to earn my LPC? If you were to continue your education for 9 credits beyond the MEd degree, as well as pass the licensure exam and complete 2 years/3,000 hours of post-graduation supervised counseling, you can earn your Licensed Professional Counselor credential, which allows you to work in private practice or other clinical settings.
- Is CACREP important when looking at programs in which to apply? CACREP accreditation is really important when choosing a counselor education program. Non-accredited programs can lead to potential issues with credentialing later on and can’t guarantee the quality of education that a CACREP accredited program can. National accreditation (in any field) provides an assurance that the program is meeting the standards for professional preparation.
- Any advice for graduate students entering this field? Graduate school is challenging- and it’s supposed to be! It’s earning a master’s degree and entering a profession where you literally can influence another person’s life. We expect our students to take it as seriously as we do as counselor educators. This is a serious profession that requires not only knowledge, but also the development of skill and attitude/identity as a counselor. Academically, we require a great deal of reading, writing, and presentation. We also ask candidates to reflect a great deal: on themselves, on how they interact with others, and on their own development and growth as a counselor. Sitting with someone who is willing to share their story with you is a pretty important responsibility.
We absolutely commit to our students to help them be successful in every way we can, but being successful means being committed to hard work and time management and sacrifice. You will walk away with what you put in!