University of Missouri - Kansas City

UMKC School of Education

Counseling and Guidance


School of Biological Sciences
Graduate Programs Office, Room 114 BSB
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5007 Rockhill Road

Kansas City, MO 64110

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.; Ed.S. - General; M.A. - Elementary School Counseling and Guidance; M.A.; Ed.S. - Marriage and Family Counseling; M.A.; Ed.S. - Mental Health Counseling; Ed.S. - School Counseling; M.A.; Ed.S. - Secondary School Counseling and Guidance; M.A.; Ed.S. - Substance Abuse Counseling

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Counseling and Guidance Program has as its primary purpose the preparation of professional counselors. The Master's degree is the first professional degree in counseling. Graduates holding this degree will gain the basic understandings and skills necessary for professional practice as a counselor. The program offers four emphasis areas leading to the M.A. degree: Elementary and Secondary School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Couples and Family Counseling, and Gerontological Counseling. Those electing the school counseling emphasis will, upon successful completion of the coursework and passing of the Praxis Exam for counseling, be eligible for school counselor certification in Missouri. The other counseling emphases are designed for students who wish to work in a variety of settings other than the public schools. Those earning degrees in counseling become employed in community colleges, four year colleges, specialized areas in large universities (e.g. career planning and placement), the court system, and community based mental health services. Many students go on for advanced degrees.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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