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Program Objectives

The Counselor Education master's degree program prepares students to work as counselors in public and private agencies in a wide variety of settings. The program is intended to provide the necessary theoretical background, technical knowledge, and skills in interpersonal relations to function effectively as counselors. To provide a proper balance between theory, technical knowledge, and skill, students are provided opportunities to use acquired knowledge under careful supervision in practical situations. After successfully completing the program, students are expected to:

  1. Understand programmatic philosophy, legislation, and history.
  2. Understand counseling theory and techniques to facilitate a therapeutic relationship toward client problem resolution.
  3. Understand casework principles and methods relating to counseling.
  4. Know effective individual and group counseling practices.
  5. Establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, staff, and other professionals to perform the duties expected of counselors.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to make clear and pertinent statements, orally and in writing, with regard to counselor roles and functions.
  7. Be aware of appropriate use of ethical codes and decision-making.
  8. Understand current knowledge and projected needs concerning counseling practice in a multicultural and pluralistic society.