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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

In addition to the important information about the Counselor Education graduate programs below, get supplemental information about Counselor Education and learn more about our students, faculty and alumni. Find dates for upcoming information sessions, learn about events of interest and meet faculty and students.

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.

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.