Admission to the Program: Criteria and Process
The Counselor Education Program faculty seeks to admit only those who are personally and academically prepared to complete the Master's degree in clinical or school counseling successfully. Within these parameters, the faculty is committed to admitting students who represent diverse backgrounds and/or who have special abilities (i.e. bilingual competence) to serve a diverse population as school or clinical counselors. Admission to the program is competitive and is based on the criteria listed below. Students may take no more than two (2) courses before they have matriculated:
- Evidence of academic ability and potential for graduate level study; cumulative undergraduate GPA 2.8, or higher, nine credits in psychology. If candidate does not meet the 2.8 GPA, the Miller 's Analogy Test score, under advisement from the graduate office, will provide an alternative route for admittance.
- Must have completed an undergraduate program which includes a general education distribution of courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and behavioral sciences, foreign language and fine arts.
- Proficiency in English as demonstrated in a letter of application setting forth the reasons for wanting to enroll in a counselor education program, and emphasizing relevant experiences.
- Three letters of recommendation testifying to suitability as a prospective counselor.
- Interview with the program's school or clinical counseling track advisor to prepare a planned program of study.
- Potential for forming effective interpersonal relationships in individual and small group contexts
- Appropriate vocational goals and objectives and their relevance to the Program
- Openness to self-examination and personal and professional self-development
- Paid or volunteer experience indicative of an interest in the helping profession
- Ability to communicate effectively
Orientation meetings for new students are held each fall. EPY 618, Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling and ED 585, Introduction to School and Community Counseling, is used to conduct orientation.
Conforming to CACREP standards, the Graduate Counselor Education Program accepts only graduate level courses that meet Program curriculum requirements. Course waivers are limited in number and done under careful advisement.
Additional School Counseling Admission Requirements
- Complete a 3-credit introductory course in special education which includes study of the gifted and talented.