Department of Counselor Education

The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree program in Counseling provides graduate level training for students interested in preparing themselves for counseling in a variety of educational and community settings. Emphases are available in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of counseling concepts identified as central by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and licensure standards for the State of Wisconsin. Students will develop skills in: assessing personal issues related to client problems; collecting and analyzing information in determining appropriate counseling interventions; employing appropriate facilitative techniques; and preparing documents such as counseling-related reports, treatment plans, and education programs.

For more information on the Counseling program please visit . At this site, you can access information regarding the program, faculty, emphases, courses and the admission process. The Counseling Department holds information sessions throughout the year. Please visit: for additional information.

Department Chair

Brenda Rust O’Beirne
Winther Hall 6047

Department Coordinator

Jennifer Betters-Bubon
Winther Hall 6039


Winther Hall 6035

Additional Program Policies

  1. Students admitted to the program must begin and complete their course work, including internship, at the time and in the manner indicated on their program of study at admission, or receive prior written approval for alteration of their program from their adviser. Students failing to comply with this policy may be dropped from the program. Students will have an opportunity to appeal this action.
  2. The Counselor Education Department faculty will review all students’ progress as they proceed through the program.
  3. Elective courses must be approved by students’ advisers prior to enrolling in the courses.
  4. Students may enroll in at most six units of course work during any given summer session.
  5. Students must earn a grade of at least a B in COUNSED 718, and COUNSED 721, and  and at least a B- in any other courses applied toward the degree. No more than two courses in which a grade of B- is earned may be applied toward the degree.
  6. A grade point average of at least 3.00 (B) over all of the graduate work taken at UW-Whitewater is required for admission to the internship experience. The required academic year-long internship must commence in the fall. A policy statement may be obtained from the program coordinator.

Program Prerequisites

Students wishing to enter the degree program must have sufficient background in the behavioral sciences, including a course or courses in human development, abnormal psychology, and a course in statistics. Academic background will be examined prior to admission and discussed in the admission interview. Specific deficiencies will be identified at that time.

Students may be admitted to the program with deficiencies. Any deficiencies identified must be removed prior to enrollment in course work beyond the first nine credits. The preparation provided by this prerequisite course work in the behavioral sciences is necessary in order to understand the advanced behavioral science concepts and statistics presented in courses in the degree program.

Courses taken to remove deficiencies may be at the undergraduate or at the graduate level. Credits earned to remove deficiencies will not count toward the degree requirements.