Masters' of Education in Counseling



With a strong background in human growth and development, as well as communication skills, counselors assist clients in developing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral strengths.

Wichita State University’s M.Ed. in Counseling is designed to prepare students to meet the requirements of Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) for Licensed School Counselors and Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for Licensed Professional Counselors. Completing a M.Ed. in Counseling, students are able to provide counseling services in a wide range settings, including PK 12 schools, colleges/universities, and agencies.

Degree Requirements

The M.Ed. in Counseling may be earned under a thesis or nonthesis option. The nonthesis option in counseling requires forty-six (46) credit hours of coursework and a written comprehensive examination. The thesis option in counseling requires fifty-four (54) credit hours of coursework plus an oral examination over the thesis.


Counseling students may choose to focus on different specializations or career paths.

PK-12 School Counseling.  Individuals who already have a teaching license could apply to become a licensed school counselor. Individuals without a teaching license are also eligible for licensure as a school counselor by taking additional coursework (2 semesters of field experience and one year of post degree internship).

Higher Education Counseling. Many graduates of our counseling program could find employment in higher education for a variety of positions in student affairs. Individuals who are interested in entry-mid level leadership positions in higher education may also obtain a graduate certificate in Higher Education Leadership (15 credit hours). This graduate certificate can be earned in conjunction with an existing Masters degree program or taken for post-Masters degree credit. Students who complete the Graduate certificate for post-Masters credit are eligible to apply for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Graduates of M.Ed. in Counseling may pursue careers in addictions counseling or working with children and adolescents in the community. The M.Ed. in Counseling meets the basic core requirements for future licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Kansas.

Play Therapy Certificate

The counseling program offers a postmaster’s certificate program in play therapy. The certificate program is designed to meet training standards for Registered Play Therapist established by the Association of Play Therapy.

Admission Requirements

The following must be met for admission to the degree program Master of Education in Counseling.

  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 on the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree.
  • Evidence of completion of nine (9) hours of undergraduate psychology plus six (6) additional hours in the behavioral sciences. No specific undergraduate degree is required.

When applying for admission to the Master’s in Counseling program, you must submit to the Graduate School:

  • a completed graduate school application
  • official transcripts with undergraduate GPA for the last 60 hours

Once the Graduate School forwards the application to the Department, it will request:

  • A statement of professional goals
  • A resumé
  • The names, addresses and phone numbers of three persons to provide letters of reference

Upon receipt of this information, the departmental screening committee will make recommendations concerning acceptance/rejection for the master's program in counseling,

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