The counseling program prepares individuals to serve as professional counselors for school, college, and community mental health settings. In addition, the department sponsors an option in student affairs leadership and practice. Graduates of this program are trained to assume positions in community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities in such areas as residential life, student activities, advising and orientation, admissions, and other applicable areas in student services. The required core courses are those considered to represent basic knowledge and skills essential for professional counselors in all environments. The common core includes courses in professional orientation, counseling theory, counseling skills, career counseling, group counseling, assessment, research methods, and consultation. In addition to the core courses, specialty studies must be completed before beginning an internship in the student’s area of specialization.
The community counseling and school counseling options are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The community counseling program is also recognized by the state of Ohio’s Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. The curriculum enables graduates to pursue the Ohio Professional Counselor licensure and the Professional Clinical Counselor licensure. The school counseling program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is approved by the Ohio Department of Education.
The emphasis in the student affairs leadership and practice option is practitioner based and employs full-time faculty as well as higher education administrators to teach coursework. Beginning in the fall of 2006, the student affairs program revision also reflects a program based on CACREP accreditation standards.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission