Welcome to the Counselor Education Program

Application Deadline: The counseling program reviews applications once each year for fall admission. The deadline for completed applications is February 15th. Everyone with a completed application will be invited to campus for an Admissions Workshop, which includes a writing component as well as a group interview. Shortly after February 15th applicants should receive an e-mail from the counseling program to attend the workshop. If you have submitted a completed application by the deadline and do not receive an e-mail, please contact us at CounselorED@utc.edu.

The Master of Education in Counseling offers students two professional training options at the graduate level. Students may participate in either the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, which prepares counselors for work in human service agencies, or in the School Counseling Program, which prepares elementary and secondary school counselors. While there is an overlap in these programs, each is viewed as a distinctly different option. The primary purpose of the UTC counseling program is to provide quality training for individuals desiring to become human service agency or school counselors. This training includes classroom didactic and experiential activities, small group seminars, and supervised field experiences. These training components are designed to provide each student with a meaningful professional and personal growth opportunity.

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the UTC Counseling Program is to train knowledgeable, competent, skillful professional counselors to provide services in clinical mental health and school settings. Based on a developmental process of personal and professional wellness, this program emphasizes skill acquisition at early stages, progressing towards a strong theoretical and ethical foundation, and cultural competence in order to work with a variety of individuals.


The objectives listed below represent the major program objectives for all students in the counseling program. The more specific objectives related to each one of these provide the skeletal framework for the coursework offered to students and thus will be found in each course syllabus.

  • To facilitate student(s) acquisition of skills such as testing, ethics, consulting, interviewing, and diagnosis and assessment.
  • To facilitate student(s) acquisition of skills and abilities with research and evaluation tools relevant to the delivery of helping services in the school or community agency milieu.
  • To provide student(s) with a thorough and comprehensive knowledge base in those areas of professional orientation and acquisition of counseling and helping skills in the areas of individual and group interventions.
  • To provide student(s) with knowledge of the organization and administration of human service agencies or schools as well as clarity regarding the role of the professional counselor in each of these settings.
  • To introduce student(s) to an understanding of the wide scope of diverse populations they may encounter in their work settings.
  • To assure that the diversity of students recruited reflects the diversity of the university, community, and region served consisting of both urban and rural environments.