As a student in the School Counseling Master's program,
you will work hands-on with professionals and educators to
learn counseling techniques and to prepare you for jobs in the
elementary schools, middle schools, secondary schools or PK-12 schools.
School Counseling option is designed for students interested in providing counseling in a K-12 setting. This option is open to students with or without a teaching certificate, and to students with a teacher
certification who wish to earn a school counselor endorsement. Graduates will meet the academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Michigan.
At select CMU
satellite locations, the MA in Counseling may be available with
concentrations in Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health, and
School Counseling. Click here for details and locations.
Research Opportunities and Assistantships
Graduate assistantships may be available through this graduate program. Please contact the
Department of Counseling and Special Education
for more details. Graduate students are eligible to apply for
professional development funds to attend professional conferences and
School Counseling students may also apply
for funding to engage in innovative service learning projects benefiting
communities through the Counseling and Special Education (CSE) for Change program.
Application deadlines are February 1 for Summer and Fall admissions, and September 1 for Spring admission each year.
You must hold a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7. Admission may be considered if your GPA is less than 2.7.
Please visit our department website for more details and additional information.
A complete application includes:
- a Graduate Application;
- all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate course work - directly sent to the Admissions Processing department (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- recent (not more than five years old) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be sent directly to the Admissions Processing Department (use code 1106);
- written Statement of Purpose and General Plans for Graduate Study; plus
completed Program Recommendation Forms with Attached Letters are required for your application. Letters from
family members or friends are not acceptable. Use the following Program
Recommendation Form to provide to those people from whom you wish to receive recommendations: Program
Letter of Recommendation Form.
Apply online at apply.cmich.edu.
After the completion of required coursework, students will complete a 100-hour practicum in CMU's Center for Community Counseling and Development
and a 600-hour internship experience in the counseling field under the
mentorship of a licensed counselor. Prior to graduation, students must
successfully pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).
The counseling program is currently pursuing accreditation through the
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).