Headquartered on a 400-acre urban campus in the southeastern part of the state within just 50 miles west of the professional opportunities of Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater is a comprehensive public four-year institution with a total headcount of more than 12,000 students. Along with being recognized as one of the nation’s top 10 disability-friendly public universities by New Mobility, UW Whitewater is ranked as the 42nd best college, 9th top public school, and 16th best university for veterans in the Midwest by the U.S. News and World Report. As one of the state’s leading producers of teachers each year, the School of Education and Professional Studies is committed to developing lifelong learners, creators of knowledge, and leaders of integrity.
Available with concentrations in Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling, Career Counseling, Higher Education, Marriage/Partnership and Family Counseling, or Trauma Counseling, the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is focused on providing the specific knowledge base needed for working as a professional counselor in mental health settings with specialty training options. To meet the educational requirements for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Wisconsin and for the National Board of Counselor Certification, students will be required to complete at least 60 credits in graduate studies over a broad range of subjects. Graduates of the program often go on to find employment opportunities in community clinics, inpatient facilities, vocational counseling agencies, family service practices, correctional institutions, universities, businesses, and other mental health centers.
Within the Department of Counselor Education at UW Whitewater, the M.S. in Higher Education program is available for aspiring counselors who are planning to seek employment in post-secondary institutions, including community colleges, technical schools, public or private colleges, and universities. In addition to the major counseling core, the emphasis provides the specialized coursework and practical experiences needed to explore college student developmental theories as a good foundation for success. After completing the 48-credit program, many graduates go on to become student affairs professionals to work in residence life, financial aid, career services, admissions, college counseling, academic advising, and other special on-campus student programs. Frequently, graduates have made career moves into high-level administration positions in student affairs, including director, assistant chancellor, and dean of students.
Designed for qualified graduate students who have received the calling to become professional counselors with endorsement for the K-12 school counselor license, the M.S. in School Counseling program focuses on building the skills needed to implement comprehensive school counseling programs in elementary, middle, and high schools. Upon completion of the 48-credit program, students must successfully complete a year-long internship in a K-12 school setting, create an electronic portfolio, and receive a passing score on the PRAXIS exam required in Wisconsin. For graduate students who are not current teachers or do not have the two years of work experience in teaching, there are additional courses available to fill the gap in building the essential knowledge and skills needed to become a licensed school counselor too.
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA)