The Department of Counseling, housed in the College of Education, is committed to providing education, training, and leadership to its students to assist them in developing into the most highly skilled, knowledgeable, and competent professionals and practitioners through the integration of theory and practice. Moreover, the thrust of the department is to prepare its students to become competent and skilled in counseling, consultation, and evaluation; understanding persons across all cultures within the profession; becoming competent professionals in meeting the needs of a multicultural and diverse population in the 21st century.
The graduate programs in the Department of Counseling prepare students to become certified or licensed in their fields and provide a basic understanding of individuals as cultural, economic, physical, psychological, and social beings by:
- Incorporating multicultural and global perspectives of people in the school, community, and the world.
- Assisting students in developing knowledge of theory and practice through classroom and field experiences that are meaningful for their professional growth and development of skills as reflective practitioners.
- Demonstrating an understanding of a personal and interpersonal perspective through supporting and upholding the ethical and legal standards of their profession, standards, and values of the educational community further by showing respect for the diversity of all persons, serving the needs of all students in helping them to achieve their maximal potential.
- Becoming effective practitioners through using technological applications to enhance awareness of educational, career, emotional, social, cultural, psychological/cognitive, and physical development.
The program integrates the theoretical with the practical by combining academic preparation in the area of behavioral sciences as well as related areas of counseling, psychology, and research with practical experiences relevant to a diverse and multicultural population.
The graduate programs in the Department of Counseling, in accordance with the department's mission, advocate equality of opportunity for all students. It is designed to educate students in understanding and applying various counseling, consultation, and evaluation methods and techniques to aid a multicultural and diverse population with educational, vocational, and personal concerns. This broad approach will permit the student to develop a repertoire of methods and select the most appropriate for the particular problem and the specific individual. The student will accomplish this repertoire of methods in keeping with the Department of Counseling’s mission and themes by becoming an academic scholar and effective practitioner, using technological applications, and demonstrating an understanding of multicultural and global perspectives of students, special populations, and personal and interpersonal perspectives. Through this program, the student obtains a variety of conceptual approaches to counseling, consultation, evaluation, and the understanding of social and psychological factors in influencing human development and behavior.