Counselor Education

The Counseling Program in the College of Education at Wayne State University is proud to be one of the oldest counseling programs in Michigan. We have many alumni who have graduated to illustrious careers as practitioners, educators, leaders, and writers. We hope you will consider joining us.

Each of the Counselor Education concentrations is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP). We offer the following CACREP accredited master's degree concentrations:

Students who wish to pursue Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling may choose to apply to the combined CMHC/SC program. 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling students may also pursue an Art Therapy specialization, which is designed in accordance with the American Art Therapy Association Standards (in addition to the CACREP accredited CMHC concentration). 

Students who have completed a master's level counseling degree, may choose to pursue our CACREP accredited Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Counselor Education.

Mission

In keeping with the urban mission of Wayne State University, the mission of the Counselor Education program:

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 hightest ethical standards and practices.

The Counselor Education faculty offer courses in the evening hours (4:00 - 9:00 p.m.), as we value supporting working students in pursuing their educational endeavors. Additionally, the counseling program maintains relationships with community settings (e.g., agencies, school, and institutions) where working students can complete the internship portions of their program, while fulfilling employment obligations elsewhere.

Admissions

Admissions to the Counselor Education concentrations is based on the following schedule:

  • Admission to Start Fall Semester
    • Approximately 8 Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are admitted.
    • Approximately 8 School Counseling students are admitted.
    • Approximately 8 combined Clinical Mental Health + School Counseling students are admitted.
  • Admission to Start Winter Semester
    • Approximately 8 Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are admitted.
    • Approximately 8 School Counseling students are admitted.
    • Approximately 8 combined Clinical Mental Health + School Counseling students are admitted.
  • Admission to Start Spring/Summer Semester
    • Approximately 8-16 Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling students are admitted.
    • Approximately 8-16  School combined Clinical Mental Health + School Counseling students are admitted.
  • Doctoral Program Admissions
    • As we are restructuring our doctoral curriculum, we are not currently accepting doctoral applicants.
    • We hope to resume doctoral admissions for students beginning Fall of 2021.

Master's Degree Application Instructions and Requirements

Applicants for the CMHC, SC CRC, and combined CMHC + SC programs must submit the following application materials:

  • The Wayne State University Graduate Admissions Application.
  • A written statement detailing the applicant's personal and professional history as well as their future career goals and reasons for seeking admission.
  • Two blind recommendation letters, ideally from sources familiar with the applicant's academic work.
  • Undergraduate transcripts
    • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA greater than or equal to 2.75 will be considered for regular admission.
    • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.75 will be considered for provisional admission.
  • Applicants to the Art Therapy specialization are required to submit a portfolio.

After initial screening, qualified applicants will be invited to in person interviews with Counselor Education Faculty members. At this time, applicants will also be required to provide an additional written response to a prompt.

Admission decisions are based on (1) relevance of career goals, (2) aptitude for graduate-level study, (3) potential to successfully form counseling relationships, and (4) respect for cultural differences.

Program Metrics

25 Clinical Mental Health Counseling students, 15 School Counseling students, and 5 rehabilitation counseling students graduated in the 2017-2018 academic year (note, our admission rates changed effective  Spring/Summer 2019, so these data result from previous admission rates and program structure).

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