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:

  • The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA), has conferred accreditation to the following program areas in the College of Education, Theoretical and Behavioral Foundations, Counselor Education program at Wayne State University: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.), School Counseling (M.A.) and the Ed.D./Ph.D. programs in Counselor Education and Supervision.
  • The Rehabilitation Counseling concentration is accredited by the Council of Rehabilitation Education (CORE).
  • The Art Therapy concentration is designed in accordance with the standards established by the accrediting bodies; the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).

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, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, which are appropriate for counseling work in K-12 school systems and various types of community agencies.  Students completing the Clinical Mental Health 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 (4:00-9:30 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 Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a Master of Arts in School Counseling, a Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling and a doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision. Approximately 20 students are admitted to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, 10 students are admitted to the school-counseling program, and 10 students are admitted to the rehabilitation counseling program three times a year.  Approximately 3 doctoral students are admitted during an academic year.

An average of 25 Clinical Mental Health Counseling students, 15 School Counseling students, and 5 rehabilitation counseling students graduated in the 2017-2018 academic year.

The counseling program accepts a maximum of 30 master's students each semester and 1 to 2 doctoral students twice a year. 85% of accepted master's students graduate within the allotted six year time frame.  75% of accepted doctoral students complete the program within expected seven 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 2017-2018 was 90% for Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 100% in the school counseling program, and 100% in the rehabilitation counseling program. 

90% of Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates, 100% of School Counseling graduates, and 100% of rehabilitation counseling graduates have secured employment upon graduation.  Our doctoral program placement rate is 100%.

Program Evaluation

  1. 2019 CED Programs Biannual Report
  2. WSU CED 2017 Program Evaluation Report
  3. 2017 Student Demographics Survey Results Summary
  4. Program Evaluation 2014
    1. CED 2014 Improvement Plan