Counseling, MA

Department of Counseling, College of Education

Vision Statement

The vision of the UNO Counseling Department is to prepare a diverse student population at the master's degree level for professional service as school counselors, clinical mental health counselors, student affair professionals, and advance study.  Graduates of the program are eligible for professional licensure and certification in the school and mental health areas and are well prepared to function professionally within their area(s) of concentration.  As dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens, our graduates are prepared to fill the need for licensed/certified clinical mental health counselors, school counselors, and student affairs professionals across the Omaha metropolitan region, Nebraska, and the nation. 

Program Contact Information

Dr. Dan Kissinger, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
Roskens Hall 101
402-554-3565
dkissinger@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Other Program Related Information

  • Earning a graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling or school counseling satisfies only the academic requirements for licensure and/or certification in the state of Nebraska.  Students should consult the appropriate state agency/department for guidance on gaining state licensure and/or certification.
  • Students should be aware that licensure and/or certification requirements often vary by state. Students interested in gaining professional licensure and/or certification outside of Nebraska should consult their intended state’s licensing/certification office/department for appropriate guidelines and timelines.
  • An alternative teaching endorsement is available for students who do not hold degrees in education. This endorsement eliminates the two-year teaching requirement and includes an additional 12 credit hours. Students choosing the alternative endorsement route will complete a 60 credit school counseling curriculum instead of the 48 credit school counseling curriculum.  
  • Successful completion of all courses and a comprehensive exam in the student's respective concentration are requirements for graduation.
  • Graduates are recommended only for positions consistent with the concentration they completed.
  • Professional background checks are required for all students following admission to the program and again prior to beginning their practicum experience. 
  • Candidates are admitted and permitted to continue programs in counseling on the basis of their potential for successful training and professional practice. Candidates are evaluated on an ongoing basis while enrolled with respect to their suitability for continuation in the program prior to taking the Counseling Practicum or Internship courses. Specific course and grade requirements to take Practicum courses are available in the Counseling Department office.
  • The P-12 School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentrations are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP; 2009), the national accrediting agency for Counselor Education programs.

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: March 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: March 1

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Program-Specific Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 9 credit hours of courses in behavioral sciences or closely related field for both areas of concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling  and Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education applicants. 
  • Abnormal Psychology is a requirement for licensure as a mental health practitioner in Nebraska, but is not a required course within any Department of Counseling curriculum.  However, Abnormal Psychology must be taken prior to COUN 8920.  Abnormal Psychology may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level but graduate level is recommended. 
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT)
    • May be waived if an advanced degree has been completed
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • Letters should be from persons who can speak to the applicants professional competence and/or academic ability.
  • Statement of Purpose: 2-3 pages in length addressing the following information:
    • Reason(s) for pursuing the counseling profession,
    • Relevant experience,
    • Personal career goals,
    • Reason(s) for choosing UNO's Counseling program.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • A minimum of 9 hours of behavioral sciences or human services related course is required. Students without these courses may be provisionally admitted with the expectation that these 9 hours will be completed within the first year of their program of study.  Questions regarding the appropriateness of courses for this requirement should be submitted to Dr. Kissinger via email. A response will be provided following a faculty review of the selected course(s).

  • Group admissions interview (required for admission).

Degree Requirements

Concentrations
Select an area of concentration:
Clinical Mental Health Counseling60
P-12 School Counseling 148
Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education36
COUN 8990THESIS6
Total Credits42-66
1

Alternative endorsement route (66 hours)

Exit Requirements

  • Thesis 6 hours COUN 8990  All candidates should carefully review the Counseling Department thesis guidelines along with the Graduate College requirements for forming the Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms and final approval and submission of a thesis.
  • Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration , must have completed an abnormal psychology course (3 hours), either at the graduate or the undergraduate level prior to graduation.  Licensure laws may vary between states.  Please note that this course does NOT count as part of the 42-66 hour degree program requirement.

See Concentrations for complete degree totals.

Concentrations

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration

Required Courses
TED 8010INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH3
COUN 8010INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING3
COUN 8110HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHO-SOCIAL INTERVENTION STRATEGIES3
COUN 8030COUNSELING PRACTICES3
COUN 8040ETHICAL ISSUES FOR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS3
COUN 8200COUNSELING THEORIES3
COUN 8226CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND LIFESTYLE3
COUN 8230APPRAISAL TECHNIQUES IN COUN3
COUN 8360GROUP THEORY & TECHNIQUES3
COUN 8400ADVANCED THEORY AND TECHNIQUES IN COUNSELING3
COUN 8520COUNSELING MULTICULTURAL AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS3
COUN 8610INTRODUCTION TO MARITAL AND FAMILY THERAPY3
COUN 8700CHILD AND ADOLESCENT COUNSELING3
COUN 8800CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING3
COUN 8920TREATMENT PLANNING AND THE DSM3
COUN 8280CRISIS INTERVENTION STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES3
COUN/SOWK 8516TREATMENT ISSUES IN CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY3
COUN 8220COUNSELING PRACTICUM3
COUN 8250INTERNSHIP: CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING3
COUN 8260ADVANCED INTERNSHIP: CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING3
COUN 8990THESIS6
Total Credits66

P-12 School Counseling Concentration

Required Courses
TED 8010INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH3
COUN 8030COUNSELING PRACTICES3
COUN 8040ETHICAL ISSUES FOR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS3
COUN 8110HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHO-SOCIAL INTERVENTION STRATEGIES3
COUN 8200COUNSELING THEORIES3
COUN 8210ORGANIZATION & ADMINISTRATION OF SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAMS3
COUN 8230APPRAISAL TECHNIQUES IN COUN3
COUN 8330PRACTICUM FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS3
COUN 8430INTERNSHIP IN SCHOOL COUNSELING3
COUN 8460ADVANCED INTERNSHIP IN SCHOOL COUNSELING3
COUN 8520COUNSELING MULTICULTURAL AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS3
COUN 8630FOUNDATIONS AND ISSUES IN SECONDARY COUNSELING3
COUN 8650ISSUES IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNSELING3
COUN 8670CAREER DEVELOPMENTAND POST-SECONDARY TRANSITIONS3
COUN 8700CHILD AND ADOLESCENT COUNSELING3
COUN 8740SCHOOL COUNSELING GROUPS3
COUN 8990THESIS6
Total Credits54

Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education Concentration

Required Courses
TED 8010INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH3
COUN 8010INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING3
COUN 8030COUNSELING PRACTICES3
COUN 8040ETHICAL ISSUES FOR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS3
COUN 8006SPECIAL STUDIES IN COUNSELING3
COUN 8110HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHO-SOCIAL INTERVENTION STRATEGIES3
COUN 8150STUDENT AND STUDENT PERSONNEL WORK IN HIGHER EDUCATION3
COUN 8226CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND LIFESTYLE3
COUN 8360GROUP THEORY & TECHNIQUES3
COUN 8450COLLEGE STUDENT PERSONNEL INTERNSHIP6
COUN 8520COUNSELING MULTICULTURAL AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS3
COUN 8990THESIS6
Total Credits42

Ethical Conduct: It should be understood that academic performance is not the only criterion for continuation in the program or for graduation. Candidates are expected to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct pertaining to academic course work, professional practice and research activity. Any breach in ethical conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action, regardless of the candidate's prior or current academic performance. See the "American Counseling Association Code of Ethics" for specific guidelines.