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Master's Programs in Counseling Education

Master's Programs in Counseling Education

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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counselor Education 

All Ohio University students completing the master's program in Counselor Education can expect to gain knowledge, develop skills, and become knowledgable of current issues within their program specialization area(s). The M.Ed. degree in Counselor Education includes three program specializations accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP):

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (ME6278)
Clinical Mental Health/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (ME6324)
School Counseling (ME6274)

To learn more about program specializations and admissions for the Master's counselor education program, click on the tabs below.

The mission of the Counselor Education program at Ohio University is to provide quality instruction and supervised experience to prepare our students to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world and to contribute to our community through research, technical assistance, partnerships, training, and other related public service activities.

Master's Program Objectives

Upon completing the program, regardless of the area(s) of specialization, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in major counseling and learning theories, personality interpretation, and developmental issues.
  • Develop essential counseling skills and apply these skills within individual and group counseling settings.
  • Describe the influence of the social and cultural context on client and counselor worldview, experiences, and behaviors, and apply multicultural and social justice counseling competencies into counseling practice.
  • Define a counselor’s function and goals, and understand therapeutic relationship and evaluation variables.
  • Identify what it means to be a counseling professional and develop skills to advocate for the profession.
  • Develop a personal philosophy of counseling.
  • Recognize conditions and needs specific to the area of prospective employers and develop advocacy skills to address institutional and social barriers that impede access, equity, and success for clients.

Admissions Requirements

  • Academic transcripts showing a Bachelor's degree with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.9 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
    • Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.9 will be considered for admission, but must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
    • Applicants with less than a 2.9 GPA may address past academic performance and aptitude for graduate study in the Personal Statement.
  • Three letters of recommendation written by current/former professors, supervisors, or others in the field who can address the applicant’s suitability for a graduate program in counseling.
    • Note that letters of recommendation are submitted online to the Graduate College by the authors of the letters. If references prefer to submit hard copies, please contact the Graduate College for submission procedures. Program faculty may contact references for further information.
  • Personal Statement of approximately 5 double-spaced typed pages addressing the following:
    • What are your career goals?
    • What experiences and/or persons in your life have influenced your career goals?
    • What experiences have you had that you believe would help you be successful in a graduate program in counselor education?
    • Describe your personal characteristics that will be assets and challenges to your study in counselor education. What qualities do you possess that you believe enable you to become an effective counselor?
    • Describe your culturally relevant interpersonal experiences with individuals or groups who differ from you (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, age, spiritual beliefs, ability).
    • Counselor preparation involves a great deal of self-exploration and discovery. How will you manage your personal and professional boundaries in this process?
    • What distinguishes you from other candidates for the counselor education program?
    • Describe anything else you would like the program faculty to consider with your application.

Admissions Deadlines

  • Applications will be reviewed by faculty immediately following January 15th.
  • Applicants who are short-listed by faculty will be invited for an on-campus group interview.
  • Following the interview, the faculty will submit admissions recommendations to the Graduate College.
  • Official notices of admission are sent via email from the Graduate College. Applicants must respond in a timely manner and inform the Graduate College whether or not they accept the offer of admission.
  • Students who accept an offer of admission and then change their minds about attending must inform the Program Coordinator and Graduate College immediately.
  • Accepted students will receive communication from the program coordinator about their assigned faculty advisor, orientation, and course registration.
  • Prospective students interested in applying after the January 15th date must contact the Program Coordinator directly. Applications will only be considered if all positions have not been filled. Students are admitted for the Fall semester each year and may begin taking elective coursework in the preceding Summer session.

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For more information, contact:

Yegan Pillay, PhD, LPCC-S
Associate Professor
Counselor Education Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 432M
740.593.9427
counseloreducation@ohio.edu