Master's of Education: Counseling



With a strong background in human growth and development, as well as communication skills, counselors assist clients in developing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral strengths.

Wichita State University’s M.Ed. in Counseling is designed to prepare students to meet the requirements of Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) for Licensed School Counselors and Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for Licensed Professional Counselors. Completing a M.Ed. in Counseling, students are able to provide counseling services in a wide range settings, including PK 12 schools, colleges/universities, and agencies.

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

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 

Designed for students who want to pursue careers working with student athelets in higher education or other settings. 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 visiting and click on Track My Progress. For information on how you will be notified of your admission decision, please click here.

Background Check Requirement

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.