Master's of Education: Counseling

Students practicing counseling techniques

Mission & Overview

The primary mission of the Masters of Education in Counseling program at Wichita State University is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become highly competent and ethical professional counselors who work effectively with diverse populations. The graduates of the program will be prepared to work within their area of specialization to improve the wellness of themselves and the individuals in the schools, colleges, and communities they serve.

Wichita State University's M.Ed. in Counseling is designed to prepare students to meet the requirements of the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) for Licensed School Counselors or Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) for Licensed Professional Counselors. The program coursework of the School Counseling track prepares a student for the PRAXIS licensure exams required by the State of Kansas for application for school counseling licensure. Completion of the PRAXIS licensure exams with a passing score is required by the State of Kansas for a candidate applying for school counseling licensure. The program coursework of the Clinical Mental Health and Sports Counseling tracks prepares a student for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) required by the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Department for Licensed Professional Counselors. Completion of the NCE with a passing score is required by the BSRB.

Course work in the program provides a strong background in human growth and development, as well as communication skills; counselors will learn to assist clients in developing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral strengths. Courses within the Counseling program are delivered in one of three instructional types: Traditional Classroom Instruction, Online, and Hybrid (a combination of traditional and online instruction), and are held in the evening, making students pursuing their education while working more manageable.

Program Objectives

Students will develop knowledge and the ability to apply the knowledge in their work with clients in the areas of:

  1. Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity
  3. Human Growth and Development
  4. Career Development
  5. Counseling and Helping Relationships
  6. Group Counseling and Group Work
  7. Assessment and Testing
  8. Research and Program Evaluation
In addition, students will develop the knowledge of and competence in
  1. The priciples of culturally competent and ethical practice as counseling practitioners.
  2. A process of personal growth and self-exploration in order to more effectively serve their clients' needs and examine potential areas of bias that may interfere with the working alliance.
  3. A strong personal professional identity as counselors who participate in professional counseling organizations and advocate for the counseling profession.
  1. Students will demonstrate the skills necessary to practice basic counseling tasks.
  2. Students will demonstrate advocacy strategies for clients which include legal, ethical, and cultural considerations.
  3. Students will demonstrate skills in multicultural competency and social justice advocacy.

 Degree Programs

Wichita State University's M.Ed. in Counseling includes four degree tracks.

School Counseling (48 hours degree program)

Meets the licensure requirements of the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) for Professional School Counselors for licensed teachers.
Parallel Pathways – school counselor licensure for individuals without teaching licensure. Learn more

Addiction Counseling (60 hour degree program)

Completing a M.Ed. in Addiction Counseling prepares the student to find a career in clinics, hospitals, outpatient and residential health and substance abuse centers, and private practice. This degree wil focus on the develpment of your ability to use: addiction counseling, mental health counseling and career counseling in the treatment of addiction. Learn more.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 hour degree program

Meets the educational requirements for the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for Licensed Professional Counselors. Learn more.

Higher Education Counseling (45 credit hour degree program)

Designed for students who wish to pursue careers in areas of higher education such as student affairs, advising, etc. where licensing is not required. Learn more.

Sports Counseling (60 credit hour degree program) 

Designed for students who want to pursue careers working with student athletes in higher education or other settings. Meets educational requirements for the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for Licensed Professional Counselors. Learn more.

Certificate Programs

The counseling program offers a postmaster's certificate program in play therapy. In addition, any student enrolled in a mental health related degree program may take the play therapy courses.

The certificate program is designed to meet training standards for Registered Play Therapist and the School-Based Play Therapist credentials established by the Association of Play Therapy.

Practice as a play therapist requires master's level mental health licensure.

Admission Requirements

When applying for admission to the Master's in Counseling program, you must submit to the Graduate School:

Once the Graduate School forwards the application to the Department, it will request:

  • A statement of professional goals
  • A resumé
  • The names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references to provide reference information

Upon receipt of this information, the departmental screening committee will make recommendations concerning admission decisions for the master's program in counseling.

Application Process
You can view the progress of your admission status by navigating to Step 5 hereClick here for information on how you will be notified of your admission decision.


The Counseling program is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).

Requirements upon Admission:

Prior to the first semester:

Upon admission and prior to their first semester, all students admitted to the Counseling program must clear a criminal background check. Click here for instructions.

Prior to practicum/internship courses:

Students are required to have professional counseling liability insurance prior to taking practicum/internship courses in their respective track. This may be obtained as part of student membership to the American Counseling Association or the American School Counseling Association.

Prior to the second year of course work:
After completing 12 credit hours in the program, students are required to meet with their advisor to complete a Plan of Study for submission to the Graduate School.
Prior to graduation:

Students intending to graduate must submit an application for degree (AFD), and pay the application fee, by the 20th day of classes for any fall or spring semester, or no later than the 10th day of classes (of the regular 8 week session) for the summer semester.  A Plan of Study must be on file prior to submitting the AFD. Instructions can be found here.