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

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

We are now accepting applications through January 15, 2023. 

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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). 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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    Clinical Mental Health-School Counseling (ME6298)


    The Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling dual program allows students to obtain specialization in both clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. 

Admissions

Approximately 25-30 master's students are admitted to the Counselor Education program annually. Review of applications begins on January 15, 2023 for the Fall 2023 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.
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)

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For more information, contact:

Tamarine Foreman
Counselor Education Program Coordinator
Patton Hall 432L
740.593.4395
counseloreducation@ohio.edu