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Counselor Education


Counselor Education Office 
1160 McDermott Dr., Suite 102
West Chester, PA 19380–4022
Call: (610) 436-2559
Fax: (610) 425-7432

Counselor Education Home

We welcome your interest in the counseling profession and our programs here at West Chester University; we hope that this website will answer many of your questions. The Department of Counselor Education offers two CACREP accredited programs: the M.Ed. in School Counseling and the M.S. in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs. Our programs provide excellent preparation for a career as a counseling professional. On the left are some links that will lead you to more information about our specific programs and our application process. If you are interested in applying to the program or have questions, please feel free to contact our Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Eric Owens, at


Some Reasons Why You May Want To Choose
West Chester University:


CACREP Logo with link to CACREPWest Chester University's Department of Counselor Education programs in School Counseling and Higher Education Counseling/ Student Affairs have been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). CACREP promotes excellence in the professional preparation of professional counselors. Programs receiving CACREP accreditation engage in ongoing self-study and peer-review, thus demonstrating a commitment to high admissions, academic and fieldwork standards and best practices in counselor preparation. Benefits enjoyed by students who attend accredited programs include:

  • Assurance of the quality of your academic program.
  • Research shows CACREP graduates perform better on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE).
  • Streamlines the licensure application process.
  • Eligibility to become a National Certified Counselor upon graduation and successful completion of the National Counselor Exam (NCE)
  • CACREP programs have been reviewed against professionally approved standards.

Eligibility to Pursue Licensure as a Professional Counselor in All 50 States

Our master’s programs meet the core educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). You can learn more about the LPC in PA by clicking here.

Extensive Field Experience

One of the most important things employers want is experience in the field. We have a vast number of placement sites (over 100) with experienced supervisors who have been professionals for years. Our field experience coordinator assists students with placements to help alleviate the pressure of having to secure a site completely on their own. Field classes are small (6 students in Practicum / 10 students in Internship) so faculty are able to give students individualized attention and feedback on their counseling skills.

Experienced Faculty

Our full-time and adjunct faculty have many years of professional experience working in K-12 school, university, community, clinical, and private practice settings. They can convey the real world knowledge that is so vital to becoming a capable and skillful professional. Many of our faculty have authored the textbooks used in our courses and have written in leading professional journals and have presented nationally and internationally. Each incoming student is assigned a full-time faculty member as an advisor, who helps navigate your program and make the most of your graduate training experience.

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West Chester University's Department of Counselor Education was ranked fifth in a recent student survey completed by


Focus on Professionalism and Skill Development

Our program takes great pride in training school counselors and higher education professionals who understand and adhere to both the ACA ethical code of standards, and their specific professional codes, as well. Please see the links to the left for further information about our various master’s and certificate programs.

More information about the specific programs we offer:

The Department offers two counselor education degree programs and a post-master’s certificate:

M.Ed. in School Counseling: A degree-certification program that leads to the Master's of Education and Educational Specialist I certificate for individuals who want to work as elementary, middle school, and high school counselors.

M.S. in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs: A degree for individuals who will seek employment as student service professionals in higher education settings.

Certificate in Higher Education Counseling/Student Affairs: An 18 credit hour ceritifcate program designed for individuals who hold a master’s degree in counseling and wish to add the academic and field experiences that are vital to success working in the fields of higher education counseling and student affairs

Post master’s classes for those pursuing Professional Counselor Licensure. For individuals who have completed a master's degree in counseling or a closely related area and would like to build their clinical mental health skills while completing the educational requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor. While it is up to each individual student to determine what they need to take to be license eligible, we can help students complete the coursework needed.

The Counselor Education program and all its courses are taught at the Graduate Center located four miles from main campus, which has ample free parking and modern, newly renovated facilities. Please see the link below for directions.

Directions to the Graduate Center