Educational Studies

Counselor Education

Program Mission

The mission of the Counselor Education Program at The Ohio State University is to prepare highly qualified, ethical and culturally competent, professional counselors and counselor educators drawn from a pool of international applicants for careers in schools, agencies, universities and communities throughout the United States using evidence-based best practices, quality pedagogy, and intensive contextual training.

Priorities and Expectations of the Faculty

In order to support this mission, the faculty of the Counselor Education Program at The Ohio State University fosters, promotes and infuses the following values and guiding principles throughout every aspect of the program. Every student, faculty member and field supervisor is expected to exhibit these values at all times:

  • The highest academic and professional standards
  • Evidence-based best practices in counseling
  • Ethical and social responsibility
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Respect for diversity and the importance of culture, family, and values in the counseling process
  • Collaboration with the community and outside agencies
  • Leadership, continued learning, service and professional identity in the counseling profession;
  • Development and dissemination of new knowledge and best practices in professional counseling and counselor education
  • The integration of research, teaching, and practice

Program Objectives

  • Recruit annually from a pool of international applicants the highest quality students available to enter the professional preparation program for counselors and counselor educators
  • Prepare and graduate interpersonally and inter-professionally skilled, culturally competent, professionally knowledgeable, ethical, self-reflective, compassionate and license-eligible counselors and counselor educators
  • Engage in research to advance existing knowledge in counseling and counselor education
  • Collaborate with the community and outside agencies to identify learning opportunities for graduate students that serve individuals and communities;
  • Exercise national and international leadership in research, skills, and content critical to the preparation of professional counselors and counselor educators.

Counselor Education in Educational Studies

Counselor Education Program Page

For more information, including information about student activities, information for current and prospective students, program highlights, announcements, and pictures, visit the Counselor Education Program website.

Counselor Education Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Educational Studies and the Counselor Education Program are committed to maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the School and Program seek to develop and nurture diversity, believing that it strengthens the organization, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life. The School of PAES prohibits discrimination against any member of the school's community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability status, health status, or veteran status.

The American Counseling Association has explicit policies, standards, and ethical guidelines regarding diversity issues. In the Counselor Education program, you will be expected to reflect the standards and ethics of the counseling profession, especially in the area of diversity. Any use of written or verbal language should be consistent with the respect and tolerance that are the cornerstone of the counseling profession and should reflect the ACA Human Rights Committee's 1987 statement on tolerance, which states:

In order to guarantee that each individual is free to pursue his/her potential, each member of AACD (now ACA) is charged to (a) engage in ongoing examination of his/her own attitudes, feelings, stereotypic views, perceptions and behaviors that might have prejudicial or limiting impact on others; (b) contribute to an increased sensitivity on the part of other individuals, groups or institutions to the barriers to opportunity imposed by discrimination; (c) advocate equal rights for all individuals through concerted personal, professional, and political activity.