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Counselor Education

Counselor Education at Ohio State is one of the top counseling degree programs in the nation. Our nationally accredited program is consistently named one of the top 10 best by U.S. News and World Report year after year.

When accepted into the counselor education program, you'll be among the best and brightest students training how to become school counselors and professional counselors.

Whether you are seeking your master's degree or PhD in counseling, you will learn from talented faculty the concepts, theories and best practices of ethical and self-reflective counselors.

Our graduates go on to be successful counselors in a variety of settings. Many choose careers as counselor educators, professional counselors, supervisors and directors of counseling in public schools, universities, hospitals, government and in private practice.

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification at

The Counselor Education program is no longer requiring the GRE for admissions.

Message from the Program Chair

Welcome to the Counselor Education program at The Ohio State University. We are dedicated faculty and students who understand and value mental health, wellness and social-emotional development in clinical and school settings, and who frame the practice of professional counseling in an environment of social justice and inclusion. As program chair, I am proud to be associated with this program and welcome your questions.

Colette T. Dollarhide, NCC, ASC, LPC-S (OH)
Professor and Program Chair

Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies, Counselor Education
The doctorate program prepares counselors and scholars for leadership positions in the counseling profession. You'll gain the skills to teach and train others to become professional counselors. Your studies will emphasize the leadership roles of counselor education, supervision, advanced counseling practices and research.  Learn More

Master of Arts in Educational Studies, Counselor Education
A master's degree in counseling will train you to become either a school counselor or a clinical mental health counselor. You'll learn the concepts of counseling in both theory and practice on your way to becoming a practitioner who will transform lives and communities.  Learn More


CACREP Accreditation

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs has granted eight-year accreditation for each Ohio State Counselor Education program from 2016-2024.


Mission statement

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 who exemplify compassion, social justice, and empathy for the human condition. We draw from a pool of international applicants and prepare graduates for careers in schools, agencies, universities and community and clinical placements using evidence-based best practices, quality pedagogy, and intensive cohort-based classroom and supervised field-based experiences.

Foundational beliefs
  1. We believe that regardless of setting or specialty, we are all counselors, with a shared set of core values and identity that unite us in a professional community.
  2. We believe that counseling needs to be informed by compassion and humanistic understanding of the human condition.
  3. We believe that all clients, colleagues, and students need to be appreciated for their inherent dignity and worth and their unique diversity constellation.
  4. We believe that all individuals should be empowered to speak up for what they need and that counselors and counseling students should be social justice leaders who advocate on behalf of underserved populations as well as on behalf of the counseling profession.
  5. We believe that our program is more than courses – it is an intentionally designed community of students, faculty, alumni, and supervisors who care about each others’ wellbeing.
Program expectations

Every student, faculty member and field supervisor is expected to exhibit these values at all times for the purpose of promoting success in the lives of our clients:

  • The development of a professional identity as a counselor that is built on the highest academic and professional standards
  • An ongoing advocacy and social justice approach infused with ethical and social responsibility
  • The use of a practitioner-scientist model that uses evidence-based best practices in counseling
  • A commitment to a wellness and strength-based approach with an emphasis on lifelong personal and professional growth
  • An understanding of the importance working toward systemic change through leadership, collaboration and service within the community
  • A respect for diversity and the importance of culture, family, and values in the counseling process
  • An intellectual curiosity that drives the development and dissemination of new knowledge and best practices in professional counseling and counselor education
  • A commitment to helping each member of the Ohio State Counselor Education family flourish in the field of counseling through a discovery of each individual’s passion that lies at the intersection of research, teaching, service and practice for the betterment of the people we serve, the counseling profession and our own lifelong journeys as professional counselors.
Social justice statement

The Ohio State Counselor Education Program is 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 individuals to strive to reach their own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the Program seeks to develop and nurture diversity, believing that it strengthens the organization, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life. The Ohio State University prohibits discrimination against any member of the campus 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.

As counselors, we live these beliefs. This is more than policy, this is our lived experience with clients and with each other. Living lives as social justice advocates means integrating the values of dignity and worth of all human beings in all of our personal and professional interactions. We believe that we are at our best when we work together to promote equity and access for everyone, to understand and fight oppression in all its forms, and to encourage each member of our community to establish a personal set of principles and ideals that will direct that individual toward a lifelong commitment to social justice and advocacy. We recognize that this is developmental in nature and that we are all striving as individuals and as a community.

Program Resources

Counselor Education Program Evaluation
Comprehensive Evaluation Plan
CACREP Vital Statistics
Site Supervisor Information