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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%.