MEd in Counseling

With a strong background in human growth and development, as well as communication skills, counselors assist clients in developing cognitive, emotional and behavioral strengths.

Wichita State University's Master of Education in counseling is designed to prepare students to meet the requirements of the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) for Licensed School Counselors and the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) for Licensed Professional Counselors. Upon completion of an MEd in counseling, students are able to provide counseling services in a wide range of settings, including PreK–12 schools, private practice settings, colleges/universities and community mental health agencies.

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Admission

Admission to the MEd in counseling program requires  a 3.000 grade point average (GPA) in the last 60 credit hours of coursework (including any post­bachelor’s degree graduate work).

When applying for admission to the master's in counseling program, applicants must submit to the Graduate School:

  • a completed graduate school application;
  • official transcripts with undergraduate GPA for the last 60 hours.

Once the Graduate School forwards the application to the department, it will request:

  1. Names, addresses and telephone numbers of three people to serve as professional references;
  2. A statement of professional goals; and
  3. A resume.

Upon receipt of this information, the departmental screening committee will make recommendations concerning acceptance/rejection for the master's program in counseling.

Application Deadlines

  • For summer and fall semesters: May 1.
  • For spring semester: November 1.

All applications must be complete. Candidates who apply are considered in the order in which their applications are completed until all openings are filled.

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Requirements

The MEd in counseling offers three different tracks depending upon the student's career goals. These tracks include school counseling (48 credit hours), clinical mental health counseling (60 credit hours), and higher education counseling (45 credit hours). 

School Counseling Track (48 credit hours)

CESP 803Counseling Theory3
CESP 804Foundations of Counseling3
CESP 824Techniques of Counseling3
CESP 821Multicultural Issues in Counseling3
CESP 856Counseling Practicum3
CLES 802Theories of Human Development for Counseling Professionals3
CESP 835Psychopathology and the DSM3
CESP 822Assessment and Testing in Counseling3
CESP 815Career Development3
CESP 857Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling3
CESP 825Group Counseling and Group Work3
CLES 810Research and Program Evaluation for Counselors3
CESP 949Counseling Internship6
Electives
Select 6 credit hours of elective courses6
Total Credit Hours48

PK–12 School Counseling

Individuals who already have a teaching license in Kansas can complete the school counseling degree track to become a licensed school counselor. Individuals without a teaching license are also eligible for licensure as a school counselor via the parallel pathway by completing the school counseling degree track and taking additional coursework (field experience hours included in two semesters of CESP 949 and one year of post-degree internship).  Students interested in a thesis option would add 8 credit hours of coursework plus an oral examination of the thesis. The nonthesis option requires a written comprehensive exam.

Higher Education Track

Many graduates of the College of Education's counseling program may find employment in higher education settings for a variety of positions in student affairs such as admissions and student advisement by completing the higher education counseling track. Students who complete the higher education counseling track are eligible to apply to the EdD in educational leadership. Higher education track students who wish to pursue professional licensure as an LPC are encouraged to speak with their advisors and will need to take additional coursework.

Higher Education/Student Affairs Track (45 credit hours)

CESP 803Counseling Theory3
CESP 804Foundations of Counseling3
CESP 824Techniques of Counseling3
CESP 821Multicultural Issues in Counseling3
CLES 871Foundations of Higher Education3
CLES 802Theories of Human Development for Counseling Professionals3
CLES 873College Student Development and the Campus Environment3
CESP 822Assessment and Testing in Counseling3
CESP 815Career Development3
CLES 874Legal and Ethical Issues in Higher Education3
CESP 825Group Counseling and Group Work3
CESP 835Psychopathology and the DSM3
CLES 810Research and Program Evaluation for Counselors3
CLES 875Practicum in Higher Education3
CLES 872Finance and Human Resources in Colleges and Universities3
Total Credit Hours45

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track

Graduates of the MEd in counseling - clinical mental health counseling track may pursue careers in mental health counseling settings. The MEd in counseling - clinical mental health counseling track meets the basic core requirements for future licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track (60 credit hours)

CESP 803Counseling Theory3
CLES 806Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
CESP 824Techniques of Counseling3
CESP 821Multicultural Issues in Counseling3
CESP 856Counseling Practicum3
CLES 802Theories of Human Development for Counseling Professionals3
CESP 835Psychopathology and the DSM3
CESP 822Assessment and Testing in Counseling3
CESP 815Career Development3
CLES 805Professional and Ethical Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
CESP 825Group Counseling and Group Work3
CLES 810Research and Program Evaluation for Counselors3
CESP 838Counseling Families in Crisis3
CESP 848Crisis Counseling3
CESP 847Addiction Counseling3
CESP 949Counseling Internship6
Electives
Select 9 credit hours of elective courses9
Total Credit Hours60

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