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The Counselor Education Program awards Master of Education Degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP Accredited), School Counseling (Elementary and Secondary) and Student Affairs (100% online). We invite you to explore each program area and look forward to helping you advance your degree at UNK.
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:
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS.Ed.) program in the UNK Department of Counseling and School Psychology.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program was awarded an eight-year accreditation period through October 31, 2023 by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the premiere accrediting body for graduate counseling programs. An eight-year period is the best CACREP accreditation achievement with the longest period possible. The Board based the decision on an extensive review of the self-study documents, the site team’s report, and the institution’s response to the site team’s report. UNK holds the distinction of being one of two CACREP-accredited institutions in Nebraska. The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) has announced that after January 1, 2022, individuals applying for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential must hold their degree from a CACREP accredited counselor education program. TRICARE regulations also require applicants to hold a CACREP accredited mental health counseling master’s degree.
The CACREP-accredited Clinical Mental Health degree program prepares graduates for the following professional certification and licensure*:
*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 Counseling (CMHC) 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).
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:
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!!
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 Frequently 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:
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:
Pine Ridge Cultural Emersion Experience
The Pine Ridge Intercultural Service-Learning Immersion focuses on making participants part of the community. They live with Dallas Chief Eagle, a school counselor at Pine Ridge and one of the architects of the program.
“One of the things Dallas Chief Eagle told us was that ‘you don’t get to be tourists. We’re not going sight-seeing, we’re not seeing the Native Americans in their native areas, what you’re going to do is participate.’ And so what we set up, then, is students actually do a ‘sweat,’” Hof said. They watch a sun dance, visit schools and do whatever the rest of the community is doing. Instead of planned service projects, they simply do what’s needed – construction, giving someone a ride or leaning up. One year, Hof and a few students even fixed Chief Eagle’s plumbing when it broke during their stay.
Dr. Hof provides this cultural emersion experience each summer and encourages not only CSP graduate students, but UNK students, staff, community members, leaders and any interested individuals to join him in this amazing opportunity.
Chi Sigma IotaChi Sigma Iota
Chi Sigma IotaChi Sigma Iota is the national honors society for Counselor Educators. UNK has an active chapter of Chi Sigma Iota sponsoring among other things a Night Without a Home and a Food Drive. For more information regarding Chi Sigma Iota, please contact Dr. Doug Tillman.