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.

Overview

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.

Accreditation

The M.S.Ed. and Ed.S. programs in counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

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Degrees

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

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

Major (39 cr.)

  • School Track – Choose from among the following courses:
    • G502 Professional Orientation and Ethics (3 cr.)
    • G505 Individual Appraisal: Principles and Procedures (3 cr.)
    • G522 Counseling Techniques (3 cr.)
    • G523 Laboratory in Counseling (3 cr.)
    • G524 Practicum in Counseling (3 cr.)
    • G532 Introduction to Group Counseling (3 cr.)
    • G542 Organization and Development of Counseling Programs (3 cr.)
    • G550 Internship in Counseling/Counselor Education (3 cr.)
    • G552 Career Counseling: Theory/Practice (3 cr.)
    • G562 School Counseling: Intervention, Consultation, and Program Development (3 cr.)
    • G575 Multicultural Counseling (3 cr.)
    • G598 Seminar on Professional Issues (3 cr.)
  • Community Track – Choose from among the following courses:
    • G502 Professional Orientation and Ethics (3 cr.)
    • G505 Individual Appraisal: Principles and Procedures (3 cr.)
    • G510 Introduction to Drug and Alcohol Counseling (3 cr.)
    • G522 Counseling Techniques (3 cr.)
    • G523 Laboratory in Counseling (3 cr.)
    • G524 Practicum in Counseling (3 cr.)
    • G532 Introduction to Group Counseling (3 cr.)
    • G550 Internship in Counseling/Counselor Education (3 cr.)
    • G552 Career Counseling: Theory/Practice (3 cr.)
    • G563 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling (3 cr.)
    • G575 Multicultural Counseling (3 cr.)
    • G598 Seminar on Professional Issues (3 cr.)
  • Research (3 cr.)
    • Y520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry (3 cr.)
  • Human Growth and Development (3 cr.)
    • P514 Life Span Development Birth to Death (3 cr.)
  • Electives (3 cr.)
    • Three graduate credit hours outside the counseling major are required. This course should broaden understanding in psychological foundations. Specific course selection must have the approval of your academic advisor.

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Ed.S. in Counseling and Counselor Education

Students who wish to become licensed mental health counselors should pursue the Ed.S. in Counseling & Counselor Education. 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 master's students: Click here for short Ed.S. Transfer application process

Degree Requirements

Complete course descriptions and detailed degree requirements may be found in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

Major (45 cr.)

Choose from among the courses below:

  • G502 Professional Orientation & Ethics
  • G505 Individual Appraisal: Principles and Procedures
  • G510 Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  • G522 Counseling Techniques (must be taken concurrently with G523)
  • G523 Laboratory in Counseling (must be taken concurrently with G522)
  • G524 Practicum in CounselingG532 Introduction to Group Counseling
  • G550 Internship in Counseling (6 credit hours required)
  • G552 Career Counseling – Theory/PracticeG563 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
  • G563 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
  • G575 Multicultural Counseling
  • G598 Seminar on Professional Issues
  • G615 Psychopathology and Advanced Diagnosis
  • G647 Advanced Internship in Counseling

Research (6 cr.)

Students are required to take Y520 and one other course from the list of approved inquiry core classes.

Human Development Minor (9 cr.)

  • P514 Life Span Development: Birth to Death
  • Six credit hours in development courses

Electives (5 cr.)

Choose from among the courses below:

  • G542 Organization & Development of Counseling Programs
  • G562 Intervention, Consultation, & Program Development
  • G567 Marriage and Family Counseling
  • G581 Workshop in Counseling and Guidance
  • G590 Research in Counseling
  • G622 Advanced Theories of Counseling
  • G632 Advanced Group Leadership: Counseling
  • G654 Seminar in Career Development: Theory and Research
  • G672 Human Sexuality: An Introduction to Therapy
  • G685 Seminar in Counseling Research Methods
  • G785 Topical Seminar in Counseling Psychology
  • Other coursework in Anthropology, Evaluation, Sociology, and Psychology
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.

Careers

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.

Contact

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
Email: cep@indiana.edu