Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the College and University admission requirements for the Education Specialist Certificate, applicants must also meet the Counselor Education or Rehabilitation Counseling program prerequisite academic, clinical and professional licensure experience, and professional counseling experience requirements as listed below:

I. Academic Prerequisites to Admission

a) A Masters Degree from an accredited graduate school with a major in Community Counseling, School Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, or a closely related field which includes entry-level counseling curricular experiences and demonstrated knowledge and skill competence in each of the eight common-core areas. All education specialist students must satisfy the eight common-core areas** as listed below before beginning advanced courses. The eight common-core areas and their associated knowledge and skill competence areas are as follows:

  • HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT - studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels; normal and abnormal human behavior; personality theory; and learning theory within cultural contexts.
  • SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS - studies that provide an understanding of societal changes and trends; human roles; societal subgroups; social mores and interaction patterns; and differing lifestyles.
  • HELPING RELATIONSHIPS - studies that provide an understanding of philosophic bases of helping processes; counseling theories and their applications; helping skills; consultation theories and their application; helper self-understanding and self-development; and facilitation of client or consultee change.
  • GROUPS - studies that provide an understanding of group development, dynamics, and counseling theories; group leadership styles; group counseling methods and skills; and other group approaches.
  • LIFESTYLE AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT - studies that provide an understanding of career development theories, occupational and educational information sources and systems; career and leisure counseling, guidance, and education; lifestyle and career decision-making; and career development program planning, resources, and evaluation.
  • APPRAISAL - studies that provide an understanding of group and individual educational and psychometric theories and approaches to appraisal; data and information gathering methods; validity and reliability; psychometric statistics; factors influencing appraisals; and use of appraisal results in helping processes.
  • RESEARCH AND EVALUATION - studies that provide an understanding of types of research; basic statistics; research-report development; research implementation, program evaluation; needs assessment; and ethical and legal considerations.
  • PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION - studies that provide an understanding of professional roles and functions; professional goals and objectives; professional organizations and associations; professional history and trends; ethical and legal standards; professional preparation standards; and professional credentialing.

**Specifically, the eight common-core areas and their associated knowledge and skill competence areas are covered in the following Wayne State University Counselor Education courses: CED 6070, CED 6080, CED 7000, CED 7010, CED 7030 or CED 7070, CED 7040, CED 7080, CED 7150, CED 7020, EDP 7370, EDP 7410, EDP 7490, and EER 7610 or Wayne State University Rehabilitation Counseling courses: RCI 7100, RCI 7110, RCI 7120, RCI 7410, RCI 7420, RCI 7450, RCI 7470, RCI 7430, RCI 7460, CED 6730, and EER 7640.

b) An honor point average of 3.0 or above in the Masters degree.

II. Clinical and Professional Licensure Prerequisites to Admission

a) All students admitted to advanced professional certificate status must satisfy either part 1 or 2 and 3 as listed below before beginning advanced courses:

1. A supervised Masters practicum that totals a minimum of 100 clock hours including a minimum of 40 hours of direct service work and supervised Masters internship that totals a minimum of 600 clock hours including a minimum of 240 hours of direct service work with clientele appropriate to the program emphasis.


2. Have obtained either the (Full) Licensed or Limited Licensed Professional Counselor credential. and

3. Have made up any deficits or remedial work as listed on their approved application for admission form before beginning advanced professional certificate coursework. Specifically, those persons who have Masters degrees from closely related fields (i.e., Theology, Psychology, Social Work, Nursing) must complete all academic and clinical prerequisites required before beginning advanced professional certificate coursework.

III. Professional Counseling Experience Prerequisites to Admission

a) Applicants must be currently engaged in the practice of successful professional counseling, rehabilitation counseling, or student personnel related experience (not teaching). Documentation describing the type of professional counseling experiences and/or a supervisor evaluative recommendation of the applicant's performance is required.

b) The applicant must show commitment to continuing professional growth and development as evidenced by involvement in professional organizations, study commissions, planning committees, or similar professional groups.

c) The applicant must give evidence of past, present, and future commitment of employment in a counselor or student personnel related capacity. It is the applicant's responsibility to show a strong relationship between her/his past experiences and the counseling field.

Application Dates and Procedures

The Office of Graduate Admissions, located at 5057Woodward Avenue, Suite 6000, phone number (313) 577-4723, will make every effort to process applications in time for the semester of the applicant's choice. Applications are reviewed by the Division of Academic Services, College of Education, Room 489, to ensure that they are complete and are then forwarded to the Counselor Education program for consideration.

Due to the high number of applicants, early submission of application packets is strongly suggested. Only those applications, received by the Counselor Education secretary by the application deadlines noted below, will be reviewed for the approaching semester. Late applications will be considered for the next semester's class.

Term for Admission Application Deadline

  • Fall (September) May 1
  • Winter (January) October 15
  • Spring (May) February 15