The Counselor Education program offers: 1) a concentration in School Counseling, leading to a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology: and 2) a Sixth-Year Certificate in Counseling. All programs emphasize educational equity, academic access, and opportunity as related to eliminating cultural and systemic barriers.
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The Counselor Education program admits students once per year beginning in the fall. Please note that applications for admission are due December 1. Further information can be found in the section entitled “Future Students”. If you have further questions please contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Rachelle Pérusse, rachelle. perusse@UConn.edu or 860-486-0266.
The mission of the University of Connecticut’s Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology program at the Master of Arts and the Sixth-Year Graduate Certificate in School Counseling levels to educate the next generation of culturally competent professional school counselors to research, design, and implement culturally relevant school counseling programs in K–12 schools and function as educational leaders; advocates for all students, with a special emphasis on students from historically underrepresented populations; system change agents with critical thinking and data usage skills; effective counselors who provide individual counseling, group counseling, and classroom guidance services; and collaborators with faculty, parents, and community stakeholders. Our mission is set within the American School Counselor Association’s National Model for School Counseling Programs as well as the American Counseling Association. The faculty incorporates the domains of academic, career, and social/emotional development to support pre-service masters students to be agents for social justice, diversity, and academic achievement.
Masters graduates will have the necessary skills for: actively advocating for educational equity; working to close the achievement gap for students from historically underrepresented groups such as those whose families are economically disadvantaged and students of color; and closing the post-secondary opportunity gaps through equity-based post-secondary readiness counseling for all students.