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Welcome to Counselor Education

The Counseling Program at Wayne State University is proud to be one of the oldest Counseling programs in Michigan. We have many alumni who have gone to illustrious careers as practitioners, educators, leaders, and writers. We hope you will consider joining us. We are also proud of being accredited by a number of accrediting bodies.

Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, through the College of Education, offers three graduate programs in Counseling: a Master of Arts degree, an Education Specialist certificate, and a Doctorate.

The Master of Arts degree program has two specializations, Community Counseling and School Counseling, which are appropriate for counseling work in K-12 school systems and various types of community agencies.  Students completing the Community Counseling Specialization may also choose an additional area of interest, which are Rehabilitation and Art Therapy.  These areas of interest qualify students to apply for additional certifications or licenses.

In keeping with the urban mission of the University the mission of the Counselor Education program, as part of the College of Education is:

To prepare professional counselors who are knowledgeable in counseling theories and techniques, who can translate counseling theories and current research strategies in to effective practice, who are committed to respecting diversity among all people and who ascribe to the highest ethical standards and practices.

All counseling program courses are offered in the evening hours (4:15-10:15 pm) permitting our working students the opportunity to pursue their educational endeavors.  Additionally the counseling program maintains relationships with community settings (i.e. agencies, school, and institutions) where working students can complete the clinical portions of their program while fulfilling employment obligations elsewhere.

Program Outcomes

The counseling program at Wayne State University in the College of Education offers a Master of Arts in Community Counseling, a Master of Arts in School Counseling and a doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision. Approximately 20 students are admitted to the community counseling program and 10 students are admitted to the school-counseling program three times a year.  Approximately 4-5 doctoral students are admitted during an academic year.

An average of 30 community-counseling students and 25 school counseling students graduated in the 2012-2013 academic year.  Three doctoral students graduated during that same time period.

The counseling program accepts a maximum of 30 master’s students each semester and 2 to 3 doctoral students twice a year. 91% of accepted master’s students graduate within the allotted six-year time frame.  Our program is a part-time program to accommodate the lifestyle of most of our students. 

Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on licensing examinations. The pass rate for graduates taking the NCE examination in 2012-2013 was 90% for community counseling and 88% in the school counseling program. 

87% of community counseling graduates and 90% of the school counseling graduates have secured employment upon graduation.  Our doctoral program placement rate is 100%.



Calendar of Events

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College of Education 2014 Teacher Certification Information Session - RSVP Today!
August 22 2014
Education, College of
If you have a bachelor's degree in a field other than Education and would like to become a certified teacher, we invite you to attend an information meeting to learn more about the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Post-Bachelor Certification Programs at WSU. Attendees must possess or be within one year of completing a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university. 2014 Meeting Schedule: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - Room 441 (Dean’s Conference Room) COE 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Room 10 COE 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 19, 2014 - Room 10 COE 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  
College of Education High Five Literacy Program
August 22 2014
College of Education
High Five Literacy Program LOOKING FOR HELP IN READING AND WRITING FOR YOUR CHILDREN? The High Five Literacy Program at Wayne State University is open to students in grades 1-8.  The program will provide FREE tutoring in reading and writing skills on Wednesdays from October 2014 through April 2015.  Tutors are graduate students completing a master’s program in reading under the supervision of faculty in the Reading, Language, and Literature Program.   To Enroll in the High Five Literacy Program Contact Renee at 313-577-1742, who will send an application form or download form click on link for more information and download an application: http://coe.wayne.edu/ted/reading/tutoring_program.php   Attendance in the program on a regular basis will benefit both your child and the tutor.    Two (2) or more absences will result in your child being withdrawn for the program.  It is the parent or guardians responsibility to call and report absences.        APPLICANTS ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM WILL BE CONTACTED BY PHONE WITH THE STARTING DATE.  Due to overwhelming responses, we will be unable to contact each parent of applicants.  The program can accommodate a limited number of students, therefore, students will be selected on a first-come, first serve basis.  Students who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list until the next opening is available for the 2014-2015 school years.  Applicants must reapply each school year.   Where is Program Located? Sessions will be held at Wayne State University’s (Downtown Detroit Location) College of Education.  Transportation to and from tutoring sessions is the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian.   Parking is available in Parking Structure No. 2, located on Anthony Wayne Drive, for $6.50.  There is often metered street parking available as well   The dates for the program are as follows: Beginning October 2014 – April 2015 Times 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IF YOUR CHILD IS ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM!  
Apply Now for the 2014 Fall Art Therapy Workshop
August 22 2014 at 12:00 PM
Community Arts Bulding
An art therapy 10-week workshop for children and adults, and a practicum experience for graduate art therapy students, supervised by faculty members who are registered art therapists.
Success Track School Supply Drive
August 28 2014 at 2:00 PM
Education, College of
The Success Track Learning Community in the College of Education will be hosting a school supply drive for local children in need through the Michigan Friends of Education: Operation Kid Equip. There will be bins located in the lobby of the College of Education on Thursday, August 28th and Tuesday, September 2nd. A bin will also be in 489 COE until Friday, September 12th.  Suggested items to donate include: Crayons Pencils Pens Markers (washable) Scissors (blunt-tip) Rulers Glue Sticks Erasers Backpacks We look forward to seeing you there!
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Masters of Arts & Education Specialist
Stuart Itzkowitz

Ed.D. & Ph.D.
JoAnne Holbert