College of Liberal Arts and Education
School of Education
Program Coordinator: Kimberly D. Tuescher
Office: 428 Warner Hall,
Telephone: (608) 342-1252
Fax: (608) 342-1986

Professor: Kimberly D. Tuescher

Assistant Professors: Dominic Barraclough, Diane Zimmerman

Statement of Purpose

The Counselor Education program is driven by the belief that learning takes place in an open, empowering, and collaborative atmosphere. The faculty supports an educational process that encourages students to attain maximum achievement in knowledge, skill development, clarification of values, self-knowledge, and ethics.

Graduate study in the program is designed to help the student develop his/her unique potential as a professional counselor. The faculty works to identify and enhance the knowledge and skills needed for professional licensure. The goal is to assist students in the development of their professional, personal, and social identity.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. demonstrate professional judgment and therapeutic interpersonal skills;
  2. apply critical knowledge of human development, counseling theory, measurement, and assessment;
  3. demonstrate competency in using counseling processes;
  4. apply critical knowledge, skills, and disposition of the Pupil Service Standards and the Content Guidelines for School Counselors;
  5. exhibit a working knowledge of the ethical standards of the ACA and ASCA;
  6. demonstrate competence in the use of research methodology applied to the fields of counselor education and counseling;
  7. show self-awareness and sensitivity to oneís impact on others;
  8. exhibit respect for the dignity and worth of the individual and appreciation of human diversity;
  9. display active involvement in the counseling profession.


The Counselor Education Program was established in 1966 as part of the School of Education. It is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the North Central Association (NCA), and is an approved program for school counselor certification by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI).

Students initially admitted into the program work toward a Master of Science in Education degree. All students begin the program in the academic track. Students who gain clinical approval may take courses in the clinical tracks. The clinical tracks are school counseling, community counseling and student services in higher education. The school clinical track prepares students to be certifiable for a school counselor license. The community track prepares students to work in human service settings. The student services track prepares students to work on college and university campuses.

Students take a number of courses in common, including the core courses, research and writing courses, and electives. Students with clinical approval may take clinical track courses.

The Core, Research and Writing, and Clinical Track courses are as follows:

Core courses

Research and Writing courses

Clinical Track courses

School Counseling

Community Counselors

Student Services

All courses necessary to achieve a degree are offered at least once during the academic year and/or summer session. The program can be completed on a part- or full-time basis. A minimum of 48 credits is required for a single Clinical Track. Students who want preparation in more than one Clinical Track must add a minimum of 12 credits (with a possibility of 18 credits depending upon chosen elective) for each additional Clinical Track. Students who complete 48 credits may waive the seminar or thesis requirement. With these limits, a student may complete the 48-credit program in a minimum of two years (including two summer sessions). Each clinical track consists of a didactic course, Practicum I and Practicum II. The didactic course is designed to introduce students to the basic knowledge of how to function as a professional counselor in a school or community setting. Practicum I is designed so that the student may experience a variety of programs, counselors and sites, becoming involved in basic supervised interventions. During Practicum II the student becomes actively involved in all aspects of counseling interventions at a single site.


Prospective students must meet the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies and have completed at least 12 undergraduate credit hours in courses related to behavioral sciences. Students whose preparation is judged deficient in behavioral sciences will be required to make up such deficiencies.

Admission to the Program

Counselors must possess personal characteristics that will foster trust with clientele, which requires strong communication skills. As evidence of those characteristics and skills, prospective students must have at least a 2.75 undergraduate grade point average and have an appropriate background. Prospective students must submit a resume that speaks to their educational-employment-experiential background and have a personal interview with at least two program faculty members. Admission numbers are limited to available counselor education resources. Students are encouraged to apply for admission by February 1st for summer and fall admission and by May 15th for spring admission. Students who have received a masterís degree from another counselor education program and wish to certify in an additional track must sign a release to permit communication with faculty in that program and previous practicum on-site supervisors. Prospective students who hold ďemergencyĒ licenses as school counselors at any time before being enrolled in the clinical courses will not be admitted.

Admission to Candidacy

The Graduate Council requires that each student seek admission to candidacy after nine credits and before the end of the next semester. A student must be approved by the Counselor Education Program faculty to qualify for admission to candidacy. The application for admission to candidacy can be obtained from the Counselor Education Program office.

To apply for admission to candidacy the student must:

Approval for Clinical Tracks

A student must have Counselor Education Program faculty approval to enroll in any Clinical Track course work. The faculty will consider the studentís demonstrated communication skills, appropriate personality characteristics, behavioral characteristics, and ability to establish counseling relationships.


Elective courses must be in the behavioral sciences. They will vary according to the track chosen and the interests of a particular student. Electives must be selected with the approval of a studentís advisor and in the case of transfer credits, the Counselor Education Program faculty. Behavioral science topics may include such areas as philosophy, professional education, sociology, psychology, and criminal justice.

Other Requirements

Each student will produce papers indicating familiarity with the process of reviewing research literature and designing studies. The American Psychological Association Publication Manual standards are applied to course papers, seminar papers, and theses unless otherwise indicated. The writing of research may be satisfied by doing one of the following:

If the student selects the seminar paper option or the completion of six additional approved course credits option, he or she should take the masterís comprehensive examination in the last semester of study. If the student selects the thesis option, he or she must orally defend the thesis. Students should explore the implications of each option with their advisor. Students are required to submit an approved research paper proposal before enrolling for either COUNSLED 7920, Seminar Paper Research or COUNSLED 7990, Thesis Research.

A Sample Two-year Program

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Counselor Education Courses