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Counselor Education

Information about the counselor education program provided by the Penn State College of Education.

Professor in Charge (PIC) - Dr. JoLynn Carney ()

Welcome to our site. Penn State Counselor Education Programs have:

  • Over 50 years of excellence (1958);

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  • National recognition including consistent top 10 national rankings in US News & World Report;

  • Emphasis on integrating counseling applications, high levels of scholarship, service commitment, and multiculturalism;

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Master's emphases in Career Counseling, School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Schools and Communities, and Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling are all accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP);

  • Master's emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE);

  • Faculty who have received national and international recognition for their research and scholarship in top tier journals; faculty members have edited journals and serve as reviewers on editorial boards of national and international journals related to counseling and other related fields.

  • Faculty who have received national awards for their research, mentorship, teaching and service

  • High job placement rate of graduates throughout the country and abroad in counseling, faculty, and related professional positions; and

  • Engaged faculty, graduates, and students who regularly participate in professional organizations and assume leadership positions in these organizations.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Counselor Education Program is to provide counselors-in-training and counselor educators with the skills necessary for providing ethical and culturally competent services to nurture personal development, psychological maturity, and positive social enhancement. The program also places strong emphasis on developing students into social advocates through exposure to diverse learning and outreach opportunities. 

Upon graduation students will be prepared to facilitate the personal and psychological development, growth, enrichment, and wellness of the individual, community, and society at large. These counselors-in-training and counselor educators will assist in overcoming and resolving complex interpersonal, vocational, and emotional issues associated with mental, physical disorders, and societal living.


The program prepares students to:

  • Be employed as counselors and serve as effective, ethical professionals in schools, community/mental health agencies, rehabilitation agencies, career and job related agencies, private practice, and colleges and universities.
  • Provide effective programs, interventions, and advocacy for individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations.
  • Provide leadership in educational, and human and rehabilitation services settings.
  • Strive to empower and advocate for themselves, their profession, and individuals from all backgrounds within their employment context
  • Utilize multicultural and social justice counseling competencies to serve and empower diverse populations.
  • Exhibit a capacity for self-reflection and an openness to feedback to evaluate and improve personal and organizational practices.
  • Incorporate and develop best practices through the application of counseling theories, research, scholarly literature, and technology.

Values of the Program

The values of the program are consistent with the values promoted by The Pennsylvania State University.  These values are:

  • Excellence in teaching, research, service and support activities.
  • Free exchange of ideas in the spirit of academic freedom and professional responsibility.
  • Contributions to the greater understanding and resolution of societal problems.
  • An open and trusting environment in which individuals can expect ethical treatment and civility in all interactions.
  • Human diversity, pluralism, and community.
  • Shared governance, teamwork, and collaboration in decision-making.
  • Personal commitment and contribution to the university's greater good.
  • Individual growth and development.

CACREP Liaison: Dr. Carlos Zalaquett
Phone: (814) 867-6252
Office Address: 327A Cedar Building
University Park, PA 16802