The mission of the counselor education program is to prepare intellectually informed, interpersonally skilled, and culturally competent professional counselors who promote and provide services that meet proactively and reactively the needs of youth, adults and communities by effectively employing the best practices of the counseling profession. The USA Counselor Education Program is committed to creating a community of learners comprised of individuals with experiences, backgrounds and perspectives that reflect the diversity of the world. We affirm the concept of diversity encompassing and emphasizing both acceptance and respect. We believe embracing diversity requires moving beyond recognition and tolerance to a position of valuing and celebrating differences.
We believe it is our responsibility to provide an educational and professional training environment that supports diverse perspectives and voices in the pursuit of intellectual inquiry. Thus, we are committed to recruiting and educating a diverse student community of scholars. Beyond recruitment, our social justice framework is built in part on a foundational commitment to secure and nurture practicum and internship settings that will provide our students multicultural clinical experiences, thereby enabling students to broaden the base and practicality of their cultural counseling skills.
Counselor Education Program Instructional Objectives
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate professional and ethical competence in interactions with the faculty, peers, supervisors, and clients.
- Demonstrate knowledge in key curricular areas: professional orientation and ethics, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group work, assessment, diagnosis, research, and program evaluation.
- Demonstrate a commitment to cultural competence, including being respectful of the dignity of all humans, affirming of diversity, and self-aware of personal strengths and/or limitations in working with a variety of populations.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the high level of personal and professional behavioral standards expected of students in counselor education.
- Demonstrate competence in counseling individuals.
- Demonstrate competence in leading small groups (task, psycho-educational, counseling, and therapy).
- Demonstrate writing competence in the form of documents, records, and professional papers.
- Demonstrate a personal commitment to building competencies required of working in a variety of teamwork roles, including both leadership and supportive roles.
- Demonstrate a proactive commitment to lifelong learning.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of technology particularly as data acquisition and processing interface.
Program Admission Process
The counselor graduate programs admit students into a new cohort at the beginning of the fall semester each year in each of the two graduate programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Professional School Counseling. The admissions deadline is March 1st.
Applicants must submit the following materials to the USA online admission portal at the following web address:
- A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.
- One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
- Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic
and/or professional abilities.
- A typed double-spaced statement of 2-4 pages in length regarding the applicant’s career
goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing a graduate degree in Counselor Education.
- Recent (within 5 years) results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR the Miller
Analogies Test (MAT).
- A Professional Vita/Resume.
- An applicant whose application portfolio is deemed to be acceptable will be invited to participate in a required personal interview with the counseling program faculty.
Yvette Getch, Ph.D.
Alva Clark, Ph.D.
Jean Clark, Ph.D.
Brenda Fore, Ph.D.
Candace Park, Ph.D.
Marjorie Scaffa, Ph.D.