Counseling & School Psychology

Counselor Education

CE Faculty

The Counselor Education Program awards Master of Education Degrees in Clinical Mental Health, School Counseling (Elementary and Secondary) and Student Affairs (100%online Summer 2015). We invite you to explore each program area and look forward to helping you advance your degree at UNK.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Make a Difference in Someone's Life!!

We are excited that you are interested in a career in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The Clinical Mental Health degree program is designed to prepare students for employment at the entry level as a professional counselor in diverse community settings such as community mental health, treatment centers, and corrections. Graduates of the program are prepared to provide:

  • Individual, group, career, couples and family counseling.
  • Inpatient and outpatient care.
  • Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness.
  • Emergency/crisis response.
  • Client and public policy advocacy.
  • Prevention education.
  • Social, emotional and mental health services for needs of a diverse population.

One of only two programs in Nebraska that is nationally accredited by CACREP.

  • Meets the highest educational standards for clinical training and supervision.
  • Most state licensure regulations across the country require CACREP approved training.
  • Recognized by TRICARE for provider status.

The CACREP-accredited Clinical Mental Health degree program prepares graduates for the following professional certification and licensure*:

  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • NE Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP)
  • NE Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP)
  • NE Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC)

*Graduates are eligible for these credentials after successfully passing the appropriate exams and completing required post-degree supervised counseling experiences.

A minimum of 60 hours of graduate coursework is required for the Clinical Mental Health program. Please find additional information within our CMHC Brochure. We are looking forward to learning more about you and your interest in clinical mental health. The faculty would be glad to talk with you about the clinical mental health program and the profession. Come learn with us!

Internationally recognized by the International Registry for Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP).

School Counseling

Welcome to the Department of Counseling & School Psychology at UNK! We are excited that you are interested in a career in School Counseling. The program is designed to prepare dynamic, experienced teachers for employment as counselors in elementary, middle/junior and high school. Graduates of the program are prepared to:

  • Know the role and function of a school counselor.
  • Understand diversity within the school environment and recognize the needs of children from special populations.
  • Be familiar with the legislation and policies relevant to school counseling.
  • Understand the legal and ethical issues of the school counseling profession.
  • Implement the Nebraska Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program Model.
  • Organize their work schedules around the following basic interventions:
    • Individual counseling
    • Small group counseling
    • Large group guidance
    • Consultation for parents, families & school personnel
    • Student advocacy
    • Referrals
    • Career exploration

Department Strengths

  • Our Students - we attract outstanding graduate students.
  • Our Faculty:
    • Licensed and certified faculty with clinical experience in mental health agencies, private practice, in-patient, and out-patient mental health programs, schools, and college student affairs.
    • Nationally and internationally renowned faculty members offer a wide range of interests and expertise.
    • Commitment to professional and personal development of students.
    • Foster and mentor student involvement in professional associations, membership, leadership, presentations, and publications.
  • Accredited by the National Council For Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) for School Counselor Endorsements at PK-6 and 7-12 levels.
  • State of the art, on-site clinic for counselor training that involves client sessions, live and post hoc supervision, reflecting teams, and field-based experiences.
  • Flexible course scheduling to accommodate students who are employed full-time including evening, blended, on-line and video conferencing courses.
  • Active chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honorary society.
  • Successful history of career placement of interns and graduates.

A minimum of 43 hours of graduate coursework is required, most of which can be taken in the summer. Please find additional information within our School Counseling Brochure. We are looking forward to learning more about you and your interest in the School Counseling program at UNK. The faculty would be glad to talk with you about the counseling program and profession. Come learn with us!!

Online Student Affairs

Welcome to the Counselor Education Program at UNK! We are excited that you are interested in learning more about the Online Masters of Science Degree in Student Affairs. Together with the information below, our Fequently Asked Questions provide you with comprehensive information regarding our program.  However, as always please, please feel free to call us with your questions 308-865-8508.

The program is designed to prepare practitioners for positions at community colleges, public and private colleges, and universities. Graduates of the program are prepared to:

  • Recognize historical and current significant events, issues, and challenges that influence higher education and student affairs.
  • Understand the role and function of student affairs.
  • Know the major professional associations in Student Affairs.
  • Practice legal and ethical decision making in all aspects of student affairs.
  • Understand legal and ethical practice in higher education and student affairs.
  • Conceptualize, administer, and evaluate a student affairs program.
  • Know major student development theories.
  • Foster multicultural competence and the value of diversity essential to academic freedom, college populations and higher education environments.
  • Assess the needs of college students.

Department Strengths

  • Our Students - we attract outstanding graduate students.
  • Our Faculty:
    • Licensed and certified faculty with clinical experience in mental health agencies, private practice, in-patient, and out-patient mental health programs, schools, and college student affairs.
    • Nationally and internationally renowned faculty members offer a wide range of interests and expertise.
    • Commitment to professional and personal development of students.
    • Foster and mentor student involvement in professional associations, membership, leadership, presentations, and publications.
  • 100% Online program accommodates students who are employed full-time.
  • Successful history of career placement of interns and graduates.
  • Active chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honorary society.

Assistantships in Student Affairs for On Campus Students

Assistantships provide practical experience by employment in an office in the Student Life Division. Several of these experiences provide full out-of state tuition waiver and a monthly stipend, while others also include a meal plan and/or on-campus housing. Assistantships may be available in the following departments:

  • Counseling & School Psychology
  • Dean of Student Affairs Office
  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Office of Service-Learning
  • Peer Health Education
  • Residential & Greek Life
  • Student Support Services