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Master of Arts in Educational Studies, Counselor Education

In the Master of Arts in Counselor Education program you will train to become either a Professional School Counselor or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. You'll learn the concepts of counseling in both theory and practice on your way to becoming an ethical, self-reflective practitioner who will transform the lives and communities for greater health, well-being and the common good of all.

At Ohio State, I am challenged on a daily basis to grow as a counselor and person. The faculty here is not just concerned with you becoming a school counselor - they challenge you to be the best school counselor you can be. You are pushed to think deeply about your own biases and how you want to practice. More importantly, you are pushed to think about how you will contribute to the field of professional school counseling.
Beth Chatfield, MA, 2015
Professional School Counseling



Our competitive, CACREP accredited program trains professional counselors and teaches the concepts of counseling related to theory and practice, appraisal, human behavior, research and program development and evaluation.

School Counseling

The school counseling program readies you to become a professional school counselor in public and private primary and secondary settings. Our focus is on removing barriers to learning, closing the achievment gap and social justice in schools. You will learn the American School Counselor Association National Model as you hone your expertise in leadership, advocacy, counseling and student learning - not scheduling or test administration.

You will become an advocate for all students, striving to help them achieve academic success as they choose successful career paths, and helping them make effective decisions in their personal lives. You will learn to collaborate with others both within the school and in the community for the good of students.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students to work in community-based agencies and hospitals, counseling centers within higher education, and private practice settings around Ohio and the nation. Our students have 100% pass rate on the rigorous State of Ohio licensure exam.

Graduates with a license go on to work in areas related to the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, wellness and prevention counseling, marital and family counseling, career counseling, older adult counseling, substance abuse counseling, correctional counseling and mental health administration and leadership.

Students in counselor education graduate as ethical and self-reflective practitioners. They have professional competence, social conscience and human compassion to transform lives and communities for greater health, well-being and the common good of all - especially those in greatest need.

Successful completion of licensure examinations are required by the state of Ohio prior to practicing counselor services professionally.

Program Highlights

  • Full-time, two-year program that meets on campus
  • Cohort model
  • Four to five courses per semester
  • Courses meet once per week at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m.
  • Practicum field experience (10 hours/week)
  • Internship field experience (20 hours/week)
  • 100% pass rate on Ohio licensure exam
  • 100% job placement 

Career Paths

Graduates of the counselor education program are prepared to provide services in such diverse human service settings as public and private schools, private practices, community agencies, universities, business and industry, hospitals and health care facilities, and state and rehabilitation agencies.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Bachelor's degree; minimum 3.0 GPA; GRE not required
Minimum Program Hours: 

Coursework: Counseling theory and practice, appraisal, human behavior, research, program development and evaluation
Program requirements: 3 foundations courses (9 hours), 11 professional counseling courses (34 hours), 8 specialized courses (19 hours - school counseling; 20 hours - clinical mental health counseling), thesis or comprehensive exam
Other requirements: Practicum, Internship, Licensure
Academic opportunities: Graduate associateships, scholarships, Chi Sigma Iota honor society

As of Autumn 2022 the Counselor Education program will permanently no longer require the GRE as an admissions requirement.
View the Curriculum Sheet


Colette Dollarhide, EdD, NCC, ASC, LPC-S, Professor and Program Chair
Darcy Haag Granello, PhD, LPCC-S, Professor
Paul Granello, PhD, LPCC-S, Associate Professor
Tanya Middleton, PhD, Assistant Professor
Brett Zyromski, PhD, Assistant Professor 

Affiliated Faculty

Ana Berrios, PhD, LPC, Adjunct Instructor
Felice Kassoy, PhD, Adjunct Instructor
Julie Nelson Slagle, PhD, Adjunct Instructor


Dr. Colette T. Dollarhide
Program Chair/Professor

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students to sit for applicable 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 and state licensing board contact information at