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.
Wichita State University's M.Ed. in Counseling includes three degree tracks:
Meets the licensure requirements of the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) for Professional School Counselors for licensed teachers.
Parallel Pathways – school counselor licensure for individuals without teaching licensure.
Meets the educational requirements for the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for Licensed Professional Counselors.
Designed for students who wish to pursue careers in areas of higher education such as student affairs, advising, etc. where licensing is not required.
The counseling program offers a postmaster’s certificate program in play therapy. In addition, any student enrolled in a mental health related degree program may take the play therapy courses.
The certificate program is designed to meet training standards for Registered Play Therapist and the School-Based Play Therapist credentials established by the Association of Play Therapy.
Practice as a play therapist requires master’s level mental health licensure.
When applying for admission to the Master’s in Counseling program, you must submit to the Graduate School:
Once the Graduate School forwards the application to the Department, it will request:
Upon receipt of this information, the departmental screening committee will make recommendations concerning admission decisions for the master's program in counseling.
You can view the progress of your admission status by visiting wichita.edu/onestop and click on Track My Progress. For information on how you will be notified of your admission decision, please click here.
Upon admission and prior to their first semester, all students admitted to the Counseling program must clear a criminal background check. Click here for instructions.