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Persons interested in learning more about UW-Whitewater's Master of Science Degree in Counseling are encouraged to attend an information session facilitated by the Counselor Education faculty members and graduate assistants.
In addition to receiving information on program format, admission procedures and requirements, faculty, and courses, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and tour the Winther Counseling Lab.
Students may be admitted to the program with these "deficiencies" (prerequisites not yet completed). Identified deficiencies must be removed prior to enrollment in coursework beyond the first nine (9) credits. Courses taken to remove deficiencies may be at the undergraduate or graduate level. Credit earned to remove deficiencies will not count toward the degree requirements for the Master of Science in Counseling.
*Students seeking an exception (based on an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.75) to the admissions standards should do the following:
On receipt of these materials, the regular admissions procedures will be followed. Academic background (including specific deficiencies) will be examined and discussed in the admissions interview.
The Counselor Education Program receives approximately 130 applications per year and typically offers admission to 48 applicants.
Strong applications will include a reflection of past experiences within the field of counseling as well as other programs related to counseling, therapy, and helping professions. Applications may also highlight one's work, both paid and unpaid. Overall, one's involvement, passion, and commitment to working within professional settings is important to include. In addition, seek letters of recommendation from professional and academic references who are familiar with you as a person and a student, can speak to your abilities, and have worked closely with you on a major project. Finally, a strong academic background and an application free of grammatical errors are also valued.
Your goal statement should be a clear explanation of the choices, experiences, and thoughts that have encouraged you to pursue a career in counseling. Allow yourself time to review each of the paths that have helped you arrive to this point. How and why did you come to this decision? Who or what were your influences? Why do you think you will be happy as a counselor? Why have you chosen a certain emphasis over another? What types of work do you foresee yourself doing in the future? With what populations? Allow the reader to hear your true voice!
No! However there is an option to complete a thesis, and this is strongly suggested if you are considering a PhD program in the future.
Yes! There are currently two scholarships available to all UW-Whitewater Counselor Education students: the Lefler Guidance & Counseling Scholarship and the Intentional Acts of Kindness Scholarship. The Lefler Guidance & Counseling Scholarship is awarded to a current student in our program who has completed at least 12 credits and the Review of Progress. This scholarship is given in the amount of $750. The Intentional Acts of Kindness Scholarship recognizes a current student in our program who is doing good work and good deeds through service and volunteer involvement within their communities. This scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1,000. More information is available on the department website.
If you are not accepted, you are encouraged to take some time to reflect on the process, your career goals, and your desire to apply again. Feedback will be provided that will assist you in moving forward with the process again. If you choose to reapply, please take the time to update your application materials.
Yes! Throughout the program you will take four classes that will provide you with experiential learning from a clinical perspective. These four courses include Principles of Counseling, Group Procedures in Counseling, Supervised Practicum and Counseling Internship. These courses will allow you to learn, practice, and enhance skills necessary for the field of counseling. These clinical experiences are substantial opportunities that will prepare you to be ethical and professional counselors. Further, clinical work in Principles, Group, and Practicum is enhanced through our state-of-the-art technology located in the Winther Counseling Lab (see question #7 for additional information).
It is not common to receive a paid internship position. However, the learning and supervision that takes place throughout the process will be priceless!
Yes. Our goal is to help you receive placement that is a good fit for you educationally, personally, and proximally.
Yes! Right now the Counselor Education Program offers two study abroad opportunities taking place during alternate (odd/even) years in the summer. One opportunity will take you to Scotland with fellow classmates. Here you will experience the sights, sounds, and culture of a beautiful country, the opportunity to live inside a castle, and enjoy learning from a multicultural lense. The program offers two classes that run three weeks each. Our other study abroad opportunity takes place in Guatemala. This opportunity allows you to work with Operation Groundswell and engage in service learning opportunities in many different fields.
Classes are offered Monday through Thursday and arranged into two different time periods: 1:00 to 3:30 pm and 5:30 to 8:00 pm. This is intentionally done to accommodate the various lifestyles of our students. Though these times are offered for the majority of classes, there are some classes that are only offered during the evening (beginning at 5:30 pm).
Please note: Additional workshops are occasionally offered on Fridays or Saturdays.
Yes. Students typically take up to two classes during the summer session.
We have some options that allow students to take coursework in more than one emphasis. At the time of your enrollment in the program, you will be asked to choose one of three emphases: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) or School Counseling. Along with the required courses, students in the CMHC emphasis will take two elective courses. For instance, CMHC students could take the higher education or school courses as elective courses. In all cases, you are welcome to enroll in courses beyond your emphasis.
Many students are able to maintain employment, whether part time or full time, while also choosing to enroll as a full- time student. Though some students have shown the ability to work a full-time job while being a full-time graduate student at the same time, our faculty advises against this if possible. Graduate school is an individualized process, however, which is why we suggest that you make the decision based on your personal capabilities and needs. Most students have some form of outside employment.
Yes! Students will be given the opportunity to choose to enroll part time or full time. Those who choose to enroll on a part-time basis typically take 3 to 6 credits per semester. Regardless, you will have seven years to finish the Counselor Education Graduate Program.
Full-time students register for 9 credits per semester, including 6 credits during selected summer sessions. This allows students the ability to complete the program in three years.
UW-Whitewater's Counselor Education Program is a thorough and comprehensive learning experience that stands out among its competitors. Though the field is changing, we are one of few counseling programs in the state that is CACREP accredited. More information on CACREP is available at cacrep.org.
Another unique aspect of our program is the training that takes place through the Winther Counseling Lab, which is staffed by UW-Whitewater Counselor Education graduate students during their practicum semester. The Winther Counseling Lab is committed to providing free and confidential individual/group counseling services to UW-Whitewater students and community members. Supervision and consultation is provided by licensed Counselor Education faculty members.
The lab is a suite of rooms consisting of two classrooms, four interview rooms, and an office/observation room located in Winther Hall 3004. All rooms are equipped with computers and cameras to allow for recording and observation of counseling sessions. In addition to being utilized in various classes, the Winther Counseling Lab is where practicum students receive a majority of their learning.
The job outlook for professional counselors is increasing nationwide at a rate of 26%, which is faster than the average rate. The job outlook for the field of higher education and school counseling is increasing at the rate of 12%, which is about the average rate. These increases in job outlook are very promising for the counseling field!
While there is not portability of licenses (for most professions), our curriculum prepares you to move easily and meet the licensure requirements for other states (in both community and school settings). More information about licensure for community-based counselors can be found on ACA's website. More information about licensure for school counselors in different states can also be found here. Your program advisor will work with you to find answers to more specific questions.
The university does not offer housing specifically for graduate students on campus. However, there are several residence halls that house upperclass students. In addition, there are various housing facilities off-campus. A majority of our students commute to campus from Milwaukee, Madison, Illinois, and many places in between! Many of our students carpool together, as well!
UW-Whitewater's Center for Students with Disabilities offer necessary services for all students regardless of disability and will work with the student to provide the appropriate supports. Additionally, our faculty and staff is dedicated to providing all students with the appropriate services in order to support the process of education and academic success!