The Counselor Education Program – An Overview
The Counselor Education Program provides two-concentration Masters level degree programs, a Certificate of Advanced Studies, and a Doctorate in Counselor Education. The School Counseling M.Ed. is designed to prepare students for certification as school counselors. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.Ed. is designed to prepare students for licensure as clinical professional counselors (LCPC). The Certificate of Advanced Studies is designed to help students further their education or to allow students to change their focus in the counseling discipline. The Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education is specifically designed to train those who desire careers as Counselor Educators, and prepares students to work in research-intensive universities as well as teaching oriented human services programs in the community or small Liberal Arts Colleges.
In accordance with the American Counseling Association (ACA) guidelines, our courses are infused, at every level, with ACA recommended core curriculum guidelines for an inclusive, socio-cultural, historical, multi/cross-culturally cognizant curriculum at every level. The Counselor Education program prepares its students to become “system consultants” with extensive knowledge of diversity and sociology of education issues. They are capable of engaging collaboratively with families, community professionals and educators. Small class size allows students to work closely with nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are also well versed in diversity, counseling-psychology, sociology, philosophy, critical theory and alternative forms of intervention. The program’s semester-long practicum and two-semester internship enable school and clinical practice and ensure a strong foundation in advocating for students and clients as well as helping to define the future role for counselors within the school and mental health context. To assist those who are working or have family responsibilities, we offer evening, distance education, and many summer courses.
** Please Note: Although currently not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), our programs’ requirements are closely aligned with CACREP standards.
Applying to the Counselor Education Program
Those interested in applying should contact the University of Maine’s Graduate School. The program accepts applications on a rolling basis, typically for either Fall or Spring admission. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to have their applications submitted as soon as possible before the semester of desired admission to allow adequate time for review.