Degrees & Programs

Counseling and Counselor Education

Few careers offer the opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life nearly every day. Counseling is one of them.

As a counselor, you’ll work directly with individuals, couples, and families as they seek solutions to the challenges of everyday life. Our flexible program allows you to choose your area of emphasis, from school counseling to substance abuse and other mental health issues. Apply online today!


At the IU School of Education, you’ll receive a solid foundation in a wide range of theoretical approaches by some of the leading researchers in the field. Our Counseling and Counselor Education program is ranked #10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. And our graduates hold top positions in education, health care, private practice, corrections, community health services, and in business and industry.

Our curriculum follows the scientist-practitioner model, where research informs your clinical practice, and your classroom experiences inform your theoretical understanding of the field. In addition to course work, you’ll pursue independent research and gain real-world experience in a clinical setting.


The School of Education offers the following degrees in Counseling and Counselor Education:

M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Counselor Education

You can help others live up to their full potential–personally, professionally, socially, and academically. The M.S. in Counseling and Counselor Education provides thorough preparation for a career as a professional counselor through a combination of course work, laboratory experiences, practica, and a two-semester internship in a relevant setting. 

Note: Students who wish to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) should consider the Ed.S. in Counseling and Counselor Education after completing their master’s degree.

This 48-credit hour degree requires a minimum of two years of study. You’ll have the opportunity to specialize in one of two tracks, depending on the environment where you want to begin your counseling career.

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School Track

The school track offers the course work, practicum, and internship experience you’ll need to prepare for a career as a school counselor. You’ll explore preventive, developmental, and remedial intervention strategies; gain experience in group and individual counseling; and develop a deep understanding of the issues you can anticipate working in a diverse, multicultural school environment. At the conclusion of the program, you will be ready to apply for a license in the state of Indiana.

Community Track

This flexible degree prepares you for a wide range of roles as a counselor in a community-based setting. As a professional counselor, you will work with diverse clients in various environments, from substance abuse prevention to career counseling. You can focus your career in health care, community agencies, and more.

Degree Requirements

Detailed degree requirements may be found in the Bulletin section of the Counseling and Counselor Education program specific Student Portal. Course descriptions can be found in the current School of Education Graduate Bulletin


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Mental Health Counseling EdS

Students who wish to become licensed mental health counselors should pursue the Mental Health Counseling EdS. This 65-credit degree program will prepare you to earn your license and provide counseling and therapy services to individuals, groups, couples, and families in agency and private-practice settings.

To pursue this degree, apply to the Ed.S. program at the conclusion of the practicum experience of the M.S. in Counseling and Counselor Education. Preference in admission is given to current School of Education master’s students or applicants who have already received a master’s from Indiana University or IUPUI.

You’ll gain advanced competence through experience in:

  • Clinical assessment of individuals, couples, and families
  • Case conceptualization
  • Intervention skills from a wide range of theoretical systems
  • Research experience through a qualifying project or comprehensive examination

Current IUB Counseling/Counselor Education MSED students: Application instructions to the Mental Health EdS program

Degree Requirements

Detailed degree requirements may be found in the Bulletin section of the Counseling and Counselor Education program specific Student Portal. Course descriptions can be found in the current School of Education Graduate Bulletin


Our Faculty

Our faculty members are both experienced clinical practitioners and innovators in the field of counseling and counseling psychology. Their research interests are broad, including family and marriage therapy, sports psychology, leadership and group dynamics, substance abuse prevention, career counseling, and the specialized psychological needs of different ethnic and cultural groups.

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Our graduates are working in a variety of settings, including education, community mental health, private practice, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence, sexual assault, and corrections.

Our Education Careers office can help you with the job search process, from developing an effective portfolio to preparing for interviews. Your faculty advisor can also be helpful as you prepare your resume, cover letter, and other materials.


For more information on counseling degrees, please contact us:

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
201 North Rose Avenue, Suite 4000
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone:(812) 856-8300