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

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

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. The program contributes to the local and global community through research, technical assistance, partnerships, training, and other related public service activities.

Students and faculty in the Counselor Education program are guided by the American Counseling Association (ACA, 2014) Code of Ethics and are committed to the ethical practice of counseling. In the classroom, fieldwork, and extra-curricular activities, we acknowledge and value the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our students, faculty, site supervisors, and clients. We believe that an emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and advocacy strengthens the learning experiences of all. Please review the Counselor Education program commitment to diversity and inclusion to learn more about our values. 

The program offers three areas of specialization accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as well as a regional cohort on the Chillicothe campus every 2-3 years. The Master's degree can be completed in 5-6 semesters of full-time attendance, depending on the area(s) of specialization. Students can also complete multiple specialization areas to expand their skills and marketability upon graduation.

Announcement: Thank you for your interest in our programs. Applications are now being reviewed for Fall 2022. Virtual interviews are planned for January 21, 28, and February 11, 2022.


    Clinical Mental Health Counseling (ME6278)

    The CMHC specialization prepares graduates in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders by addressing emotional, cognitive, and behavioral processes with an integrated counseling approach. 


    Clinical Mental Health/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (ME6324)

    The CMH/CLRC dual specialization prepares graduates as mental health counselors and rehabilitation counselors that facilitate the personal, vocational, and economic independence of individuals with disabilities.


    Regional Cohort-Clinical Mental Health Counseling (ME6278)

    The CMHC regional cohort offers the clinical mental health counseling specialization for full-time working professionals on the Chillicothe campus.


    School Counseling (ME6274)

    The SC specialization prepares graduates to serve the pre-K-12 population by assuming leadership and advocacy roles to promote optimum development for all students.


Approximately 25-30 master's students are admitted to the Counselor Education program annually. Review of applications begins on January 15, 2022 for the Fall 2022 admission term. Prospective students can apply by selecting the appropriate counseling specialty area code. 

Application Materials

  • 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 may still apply, but must submit Verbal and Quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    • Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.9 may still apply, but should address past academic performance and aptitude for graduate study in the Personal Statement. The review committee will consider additional information as described by the applicant and references on an individual basis. 
  • 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.
  • 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 wish the program faculty to consider with your application.

Admissions Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by 2-3 faculty immediately following January 15th. 
  • Applicants who are short-listed by faculty will be invited for a 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. 

The Counselor Education program continues to accept applications beyond the January 15th priority deadline. Interested applicants for the master’s program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 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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Program Overview and Information

The Master's degree in Counselor Education requires core coursework in foundations of counseling, theory and techniques, appraisal, human development, research methodology, and group counseling. Students receive additional training in their area(s) of specialization and complete supervised professional practice experiences in practicum and internship. Upon completing the Master's degree, all students, regardless of specialization, will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in major counseling and learning theories, personality interpretation, and developmental issues.
  • Develop and apply essential counseling skills in individual and group counseling settings.
  • Describe the influence of the social and cultural context on client and counselor worldview, experiences, and behaviors.
  • Apply multicultural and social justice counseling competencies in counseling practice.
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of professional counselors and demonstrate knowledge of legal and ethical obligations to the profession and the public.
  • 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 their practice setting, and develop advocacy skills to address institutional and social barriers that impede access, equity, and success for clients.
Program Handbooks and Forms

Counselor Education master's students are expected to review program handbooks, policies, and procedures and be familiar with the handbooks and forms provided by the Patton College of Education and Graduate College. Newly admitted students are also encouraged to read the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) resource: "Nine Tips for Thriving in a Master's Program." 

We encourage current students to review the COVID-19 Counselor Education Information tab for resources related to licensure and certification, telehealth, and wellness. For general COVID-19 information and updates, students should visit the following websites: Ohio University Be Safe BobcatsOHIO COVID-19 Dashboard, and Patton College of Education Response to COVID-19

Practicum and Internship

The Counselor Education program requires supervised professional practice training experiences in the form of a 100-hour counseling practicum and 600-hour counseling internship. Students should consult the Master’s Practicum and Internship Manual for more information on the expectations and experience. The Practicum and Internship Coordinator is Dr. Tamarine Foreman (foremant@ohio.edu)

COVID-19 Updates:

  • Practicum students who are unable to finish their 100 hours during Spring 2020 or Summer 2020, will be assigned a grade of “PR” in progress. Students will not need to sign up for a second practicum. Instead students will earn and complete their practicum hours while enrolled in a subsequent internship class.  
  • Internship students who are unable to complete the 600 hours by the end of Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 semesters will be assigned a “PR” grade with the intent of completing these hours in a subsequent semester.  

CACREP COVID-19 Flexibility: Policy 1.h has been temporarily waived to allow students to count any practicum hours in excess of the 100 hour requirement toward their internship hour totals. Direct service practicum hours can be applied to direct service internship hours, and the same with indirect hours.  If a student cannot complete practicum requirements in this academic term, CACREP has adjusted requirements so that programs can allow students to enroll simultaneously in both practicum and internship for the next academic term. Should this occur, students must successfully complete practicum requirements before they can begin completing hours toward internship. To allow a full academic year to resolve these issues, this flexibility will remain in place through June 30, 2021.

COVID-19 Counselor Education Information

The Counselor Education program is committed to the success of our students. Counseling-related information and resources addressing COVID-19 will be updated on an ongoing basis to meet the needs of our students. For general COVID-19 information and updates, students should access the following websites: Ohio University Be Safe BobcatsOHIO COVID-19 Dashboard, and Patton College of Education Response to COVID-19

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Italy Study Abroad Program
Italy study abroad 2017 group photo

The Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities (OGO) continues to closely monitor the news about COVID-19, please review OGO Travel Alerts for updates and information. We will begin recruitment for the next program offering once available.

Italy: A Counseling and Higher Education View study abroad program (https://www.ohio.edu/goglobal/programs/italy-counseling-higher-ed) is offered through the Ohio University OGO. The program is a dynamic introduction to counseling in Italy, as well as a 12-day adventure in a European country with much to see and do. It is an opportunity to gain an international perspective while enjoying the camaraderie of colleagues and students in counseling and higher education. Participants explore counseling, education, and human services in a European country while enjoying trips to Italian cities as well as living in the historic 14th century villa, Casa Cares, in Tuscany, Italy. During the last part of the program, attendees stay at Casa Valdese Hotel in Rome where we visit Rome’s sites. We reflect on parallels and differences between American and Italian cultures in counseling and higher education.

Student participants earn 3 undergraduate or graduate credits. Non-credit participants earn 20 NBCC approved continuing education (CE) hours. Ohio University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4209. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Ohio University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 


For more information, contact:

Tamarine Foreman
Counselor Education Program Coordinator
Patton Hall 432L