Jun 21, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Counselor Education, M.Ed.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for M.Ed. Counselor Education


Master’s level students will develop strong identities and display the dispositions of professional counselors.


Students demonstrate theoretical knowledge in the core areas of counseling through performance on a national exam.


Students acquire strong clinical skills and apply these skills effectively in clinical practice in a community setting.


Master’s level students will develop and demonstrate multicultural competence in counseling practice. 





The M.Ed. and Ph.D. programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counselor Education and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


Prospective master’s degree students must meet the admission requirements established by the Graduate School. In addition, applicants must present a statement of purpose that provides a summary of educational and work experiences, academic and professional goals. In addition, selected applicants will be invited to group screening interviews. Master’s degree applicants will be considered based on criteria developed and published by the faculty. Admission decisions are based on all criteria considered in relationship to the need of the program and number of students who can be reasonably accommodated.


Two concentrations are available in the master’s degree programs in Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration prepares graduates to serve as counselors in the clinical mental health counseling context. The School Counseling concentration prepares graduates to serve as counselors in public, parochial, and private schools (pre-K through 12th grade).

Program of Study

The minimum total graduate semester credits required for the M.Ed. program is 60. Course requirements include 36 counseling core credits, six counseling emphasis area credits, six counseling elective credits, three credits in research, and a minimum of nine credit hours in field work.

Retention Standards

Students admitted to the master’s degree program in Counselor Education must complete each of the following courses with a grade of B or better before they may enroll in the next course for which that course is a prerequisite: Counselor Education 6400, 6430, 6440, 6445, 6450, 6535, 6850, 6896, and 6897. Master’s degree students will be dismissed for any of the following academic reasons: who earn more than one grade of a C or lower in graduate coursework required in their programs of study; their cumulative UNO graduate grade-point average for two consecutive semesters (fall and spring or spring and fall) is below 3.0; or they fail the comprehensive examination twice.

Comprehensive Examination

Master’s degree students must pass a comprehensive examination, which must be taken near the end of the student’s degree program. The examination covers all of the core areas of the student’s field of study.

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