The Youngstown State University Counselor Education Program prepares students for careers as professional counselors, school counselors, or college student affairs professionals. The faculty is dedicated to providing a challenging and supportive environment in which students’ rights and responsibilities are respected.
Faculty, throughout the program, continually assesses students and a student’s progress may be interrupted or terminated by failure to comply with academic standards, or if a student’s interpersonal or emotional status interferes with training/education related requirements for self and others. In addition to academic competence, the counselor education curriculum requires students to be aware of their own affective and cognitive development, to be receptive to feedback in all courses, be open to personal growth and change, and be willing to present themselves in an open manner. Awareness of the needs of others and acceptance of human rights is paramount.
The program promotes a strong professional counseling identity for students and encourages students to participate in professional associations, attend professional conferences, and participate in research and scholarship. The common core courses that all students take include: Counseling Methods (COUN 6900), Counseling Theory (COUN 6962), Assessment in Counseling (COUN 6964), Career Counseling (COUN 6972), Group Counseling (COUN 6973), Research in Counseling (COUN 6968), Social and Cultural Issues (COUN 6976). In addition to core courses, specialty studies must be completed before beginning an internship. The Counseling Program offers to following program options:
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Student Affairs Leadership and Practice
Review the Admission Requirements and Apply to the Counseling Program.