Western Michigan University's program options leading to a Master of Arts in Counselor Education are designed to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in college counseling; clinical mental health counseling; marriage, couple and family counseling; school counseling; and rehabilitation counseling and teaching in a variety of educational and counseling settings. Offered by WMU's Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, the program options are:
- Clinical mental health counseling a, f
The clinical mental health counseling program is designed to prepare individuals to function as clinical mental health counselors in a variety of professional counseling settings. The program meets the educational requirements for the licensed professional counselor credential in Michigan. This option is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs as a Community Counseling program.
- College counseling a, d
The college counseling program emphasizes counseling with college students and prepares students for careers as counselors in community colleges, four-year colleges and universities. The program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor in Michigan and for the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs accreditation.
- Marriage, couple and family counseling a
The marriage, couple and family counseling program option is offered in collaboration with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. In addition to the core counseling courses, this 60-hour program emphasizes an understanding of the issues faced by contemporary couples and families and a family systems approach to the conceptualization and treatment of couples and families. Graduates of this program are prepared to work with individuals, couples and families in a variety of professional counseling settings. This option leads to licensure as a professional counselor. Working with an advisor, the option can also lead to licensure as a marriage and family therapist.
- School counseling
The school counseling program is CACREP accredited and is designed to prepare individuals to function as school counselors at one of three levels (grades K-8, 6-12 or K-12) in public and private schools in accordance with the Endorsement Rules and Teacher Certification Code of the State of Michigan and Public Act 288 r.e. School Counselors.
- Elementary school counseling a, b, d (grades K-8)
Enables certified teachers to be endorsed as elementary school counselors.
- Secondary school counseling a, b, d (grades 6-12)
Enables certified teachers to be endorsed as secondary school counselors.
- K-12 school counseling a, b, d (grades K-12)
Enables certified teachers to be endorsed as elementary and secondary counselors.
- School counselor license a, c, d (grades K-12)
Enables individuals without teacher certification to be licensed as school counselors.
- Elementary school counseling a, b, d (grades K-8)
- Rehabilitation counseling
The rehabilitation counseling option a,e is a 53-credit-hour program designed to prepare generalist rehabilitation counselors for employment in vocation rehabilitation settings serving persons with disabilities. The rehabilitation counseling program incorporates coursework in small ‘n’ research design and analysis, services for persons with disabilities, computer technology in rehabilitation, job development and placement, psychosocial aspects of disability, medical and functional aspects of disability, and foundations of rehabilitation counseling. The program includes a 600-hour supervised rehabilitation counseling internship in a vocational rehabilitation employment setting. This option leads to licensure as a professional counselor and eligibility for national rehabilitation counselor certification. The rehabilitation counseling program is also offered in conjunction with the Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Teaching as a dual Master of Arts degree program in rehabilitation counseling specializing in blindness and low vision.
- (a)—Leads to Michigan license as a counselor.
- (b)—Leads to endorsement as a counselor on a current, valid Michigan teaching certificate.
- (c)—Prepares students who do not hold a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate for school counselor license recommendation in Michigan.
- (d)—Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
- (e)—Accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education.
- (f)—Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs as a Community Counseling program.
- Application instructions
- Application requirements:
In addition to WMU’s main campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Master of Arts in counseling psychology is offered in Grand Rapids; and various programs in the Master of Arts in counselor education are offered at our Grand Rapids and Traverse City regional locations. Certain courses required for the Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology and the Master of Arts degree in counselor education are also offered at the Battle Creek location. While the requirements are the same, courses at WMU regional locations feature evening and weekend classes. Check course listings or visit the Extended University Programs website for more information.