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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Counselor Education (M.S.Ed.)

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Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)
School of Education   
College of Professional Studies

Neff Hall 240 ~ 260-481-6861 

Student Learning Outcomes:

The counselor education program provides the following options:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling consists of 60 credits and can be completed in three years.

  • School Counseling consists of 60 credits and can be completed in three years.

Each of the above options emphasizes:

  • Theory, skills, and strategies of counseling

  • Research on counseling issues

  • Supervised counseling experience (on-campus practicums and off-campus internship).

Completion of the school counseling option is designed to lead to a School Counselor educator license for the state of Indiana. Completion of the clinical mental health counseling option is designed to lead to subsequent licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Indiana.

The Degree:

To earn the master’s degree with a major in counseling, you must satisfactorily complete either the Clinical Mental Health Counseling option or the School Counseling option curricula. You also must satisfactorily complete supervised off-campus internships and two (School Counseling) or three (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) on-campus practica. You must satisfy the requirements of Purdue University Fort Wayne (Regulations ) and the College.

Subject to approval by the Director of Counselor Education, you may substitute up to 6 credits of graduate-level counseling courses you have successfully completed at Purdue Fort Wayne, or earned at another comparably accredited institution.


  • The School Counseling program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (currently seeking reaccreditation via the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation [CAEP]) and is recognized as a high-quality program through the Indiana Department of Education.  This program is currently seeking national accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Students who meet specified requirements are eligible for a K-12 School Counselor license in the state of Indiana.  Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.

Acceptance to the Counselor Education Program:

Acceptance to the program is available only for the Summer II Semester. Preference is given to applications received on or before February 15th. To be considered, you must provide the following materials with your application for admission to graduate study in education:

  • A completed Counselor Education program application form, official transcripts from all colleges you have attended, two professional recommendation letters, and copies of all applicable licenses

  • A current résumé or curriculum vitae

  • A statement, approximately two pages in length, that summarizes your

    • Professional goals, including preferred professional setting(s), examples of typical employment activities, and any specialized interests

    • Past experiences contributing to the development of your cited professional goals

    • Unique skills and characteristics aiding your pursuit of your cited goals

After the Director of Counselor Education has determined that you qualify for admission to graduate study in education, your application to the Counselor Education program and the additional material you have provided will be referred to the Dean of the School of Education. The Dean and appropriate faculty will evaluate your demonstrated academic ability and evidence of your aptitude for working with people. You will also be required to participate in an interview process. Applicants are accepted to the program with the stipulation they adhere to the curriculum of their elected option.

Program Requirements

You are required to follow the curriculum plan for your elected counseling track. Any variation from specified elements of these curricula can be granted only by written permission of the director of counselor education and may delay your anticipated graduation date.

Supervised Experience

The Counselor Education program requires the following supervised counseling experience with clients:

On-Campus Practica

You must enroll in and satisfactorily complete two practica for School Counseling and three practica for Clinical Mental Health Counseling in the PFW Community Counseling Center. Your work in these courses will be closely supervised by selected faculty.

Counseling Internship

For the school counseling option, all students must complete a 600-hour counseling internship in an accredited K - 12 school. Students pursuing the clinical mental health counseling option must complete 1000 combined on-site hours for practicum and internship (900 hours must occur after the practicum), with 240 of those hours being in direct service to clients. Before you are permitted to work with clients, you must:

  • Earn a minimum grade of B- in each practicum course; and
  • Comply with the Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association and/or the American School Counseling Association.

Your specific responsibilities in the client/counselor relationship are detailed in the following school publications: Graduate Student Orientation Handbook and The Counselor Education Program Handbook. You are expected to conduct yourself professionally, uphold confidentiality, avoid dual relationships with clients, and refrain from any unsupervised counseling activities. Your failure to meet these expectations will result in your censure or dismissal from the program.

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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