College of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Psychology

Counselor education

Help others grow academically and professionally

With a masters of arts in counselor education, you’ll be qualified to counsel individuals and groups throughout their lifespan. Become a licensed school counselor and help students develop academically, personally/socially, and in their careers. Or work towards becoming a licensed mental health professional (LPC or LPCC) and work in a community setting. Whatever you decide, a master's in counselor education leads to a fulfilling career that allows you to do well by doing good.


  • Licensed K-12 school counselor
  • Mental health professional in a community agency or college setting (LPC, LPCC)

Program information

The counselor education program is a two-year, full-time program. You’ll study individual, group, and family counseling, research and evaluation, counseling theory, human growth and development, diagnostic assessment, social and cultural foundations, ethics, and career development.

    Program mission statement and objectives

    View the program mission statement and program objectives on the Student Site.

    Admissions requirements

    Note: The GRE is no longer required for admission into the counselor education program.

    • Graduate school application
    • Application fee
    • Transcripts (Academic History)
    • Non–native English speakers: English language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)
    • Strong personal statement
    • Resume/CV Course Abstract (required only if you've previously taken a course for graduate credit)
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Diversity statement

    Learn more about admissions.

    Area of emphasis

    Your curriculum requirements will depend on the area of emphasis you choose:

    • School counseling
    • Clinical mental health

    Emphasis specific objectives (on Student Site)


    MA curriculum (60 credits)

    Methods of Instruction

    The methods of instruction in Counselor Education primarily includes in-person, face-to-face coursework. Some classes do integrate online technology and hybrid (i.e., both online and in-person) educational requirements.

    Practicum / internship

    Counselor education students must complete one (in-person) 100-hour practicum and two (in-person) 300-hour internships. Between practicum and internship, all students will attain a total of 700 hours of clinical experience during their program.

    Successful completion of the counselor education MA program prepares you to pursue the following Minnesota licensures:





    Once you enroll in the program, you will be able to apply for counselor education funding. Scholarships are competitive, and an application will be provided to enrolled students each year.

    • The Sunny Hansen BORN FREE Scholarship Fund: focus on gender and multicultural issues in career development
    • Counselor Education Fund: focus on students and special projects within the CSPP/Counselor Education Program (2022-23 research/professional development focus)
    • Kay Herting Wahl Fund: focus on students planning to become licensed school counselors
    • Norm Sprinthall Memorial Fellowship: focus on students planning to become licensed school counselors (preference for students in practicums/internships and who enhance diversity of the student body)
    • Dirk Miller Fellowship: focus on counseling for eating disorders

    Additional College of Education and Human Development’s Tuition, Aid and Scholarships

    This funding information is for students interested in applying for scholarships and funding. Visit our giving page for more information on donating to the funds.

    Financial aid

    Visit our student intranet online to find counselor education's mission, objectives, handbooks, and more. 


    Carolyn Berger

    Teaching associate professor

    Seth Christman

    Assistant teaching professor

    Laura Keogh

    Teaching specialist

    Marguerite Ohrtman

    Program coordinator, teaching associate professor

    Feven Seifu

    Assistant teaching professor

    Sherri Turner