Counselor Education Office
1160 McDermott Dr., Suite 102
West Chester, PA 19380–4022
Call: (610) 436-2559
Fax: (610) 425-7432
Application Packets are available online from the Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Education or by calling (610)436-2943. All required transcripts, letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores should be sent directly to the Graduate Studies Office as directed in the application packet. It is recommended that you self-manage the completion of your application by having transcripts and letters of reference sent directly to you in sealed (signature across seal) envelopes. West Chester University transcripts are available at the Graduate Studies Office and need not be sent.
The following materials must be submitted to complete the application process:
You can check on the status of your application by calling the Graduate Studies Office.
When admitting an applicant to counselor education programs, the department makes a commitment to the student’s development and future success. The department evaluates each candidate through the use of multiple criteria. Admission requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. The normally accepted standard for students applying to counselor education programs is a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology embraces, enacts and embodies West Chester University's "Plan for Excellence" and its mission to improve diversity, access, and equity. The department, as evidenced by the composition of our student body and faculty, has benefited from our participation in this Plan for Excellence and the strategies employed campus-wide to insure the recruitment and retention of a diverse population at all levels of University life.
Admissions to the degree programs are made twice a year. Applicants are officially accepted into the program for fall semester or spring semester. Fall applicants are afforded the opportunity to schedule summer classes. Applicants wishing to start summer sessions or fall semester (August semester start) must have their applications complete and in the department's possession by the March 15th review date. That means you need to have all of your materials to graduate studies by March 1st to give them time to process all information and send the department the complete application packet. Applicants wishing to start in the spring semester (January semester start) must have their applications complete and in the department's possession by the October 15th review date. That means you need to have all of your materials to graduate studies by October 1st to give them time to process all information and send the department the complete application packet. Priority will be given to applications received by these deadline dates; applications received after these dates will receive consideration based on available space.
Standardized scores such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE's) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT's) are NOT required. For higher education/student affairs students only, if GPA is below a 2.8 students may submit GRE or MAT scores for consideration. If scores are submitted, they will be considered in the decision for acceptance.
Each student in the Counselor Education program is assigned an advisor who is a member of the Counselor Education Program Faculty. The name of your advisor and contact information will be noted in your acceptance letter from the Department of Counselor and Education. You should contact your advisor before registering for classes. You are encouraged to call your advisor to arrange your first course registration soon after being notified of your acceptance into a degree program. In the summer months, if your advisor is not available, please contact the Department Chair.
If you have questions regarding any of our programs please feel free to contact our Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Eric Owens, at firstname.lastname@example.org.