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Counselor Education Program

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Welcome to the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership, Counselor Education and Communication Disorders. We are a diverse department with three main program areas as listed in the department title.

We have great faculty in each specialized area. Our graduates are making a difference in the area, the state of Kentucky and beyond. For more details about each program, please see the links below. I invite you to check us out and learn more about our dynamic programs in the fields of Educational Leadership, Counselor Education and Communication Disorders. The faculty, staff and I look forward to working with you to improve your professional abilities and the world!

Dr. A. William Place
Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Counselor Education and Communication Disorders

Thank you for accessing the Counseling Program website.  We're glad you're here!  While we strive to provide the most current and up-to-date information, we know you will have some unanswered questions.  Please feel free to contact any faculty member, our graduate assistants at, or the program coordinator Dr. Charles Myers (email is best).

Who We Are

In a recent article, U.S. News & World Report ranked Mental Health Counselor #8 in Best Social Services jobs.  The Bureau of Labor & Statistics expects job growth in the field to rise 20% between 2016-2026.  Our faculty of counselor-educators are well respected in their field of study, having a strong history of national and international publications/presentations.  They are active in their own specialized areas of practice as well, including marriage & family, grief counseling, animal therapy, and play therapy to name a few!

What to Expect

  • A program designed to be completed in 3 years, or longer, if needed.  (60 total program hours)
  • A mixture of online and classroom classes. 
  • Personalized mentoring and guidance to help students make the most of their training experience.
  • Includes courses in counseling, leadership, and research
  • Provides a practicum and internship experience to help meet future career goals.

Ready to apply?   Click HERE

Disclaimer: The Counselor Education Department website is a living document that will be continually reviewed and revised.

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