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School Counseling

M.Ed. Human and Community Services, Emphasis Schooling Counseling

» Department of Leadership & Counseling   » College of Education

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Currently this program is not accepting students.

The Counseling Program, through high quality research, service, instructional and supervisory endeavors, prepares helping professionals who can expertly facilitate the educational, personal-social, and vocational needs of the diverse clientele they will serve as practitioners.

Graduates are prepared to work in public and private settings which provide the following services: individual and group counseling; personal and vocational assessment; vocational exploration, placement and development; evaluation of social, psychiatric, and vocational information; client advocacy; public outreach and education' case management; and community networking to meet the needs of the people they serve.

This program is offered at the Moscow campus, but you will have the opportunity to intern in offices and schools throughout the state.

Prepare for Success

An undergraduate degree in education or a related degree is necessary to pursue a graduate degree in this area. Professionals who have interpersonal skills and the desire to help others are well suited for this field.

Your First Year

Applicants for the Master of Science (M.S.) or Master of Education (M.Ed.) are expected to meet the requirements for the teaching certificate and have one year of teaching experience. The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) require dissertation credits, credits in a cognate area and credits in a major area of competency.

What You Can Do

The school counseling program prepares professionals to work with children, adolescents and adults to enhance academic, social, emotional, vocational and personal growth. Students are provided with theoretical knowledge as well as practical application of skills in carefully selected field placements. Graduates are in high demand and are hired in school and rehabilitation counseling settings or as private rehabilitation practitioners.

Current Research

Students are encouraged to do research in areas of interest.  Past students have successfully presented their research at regional and international conferences.

Faculty Research

Taylor, L., & Harlow, S. (2010). Learning Outcomes-based Assessment with

Counseling Courses: In pursuit of active assessment. VISTAS 2010, article 30 (http://counselingoutfitters.com/vistas/vistas10/Article_30.pdf).

 Taylor, L. (1997, April). MMPI-2 and Ballet Majors, Personality and Individual Differences, 22(4), 521-526.

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Student Research

Jesse Altsuler: Evaluation of Idaho Youth Summit

Aaron Schiffelbien, Robin Simpson, Ellaina Staldine, Hailey Swift, Matt Macy:

International Service Learning: Using Technology to Implement Reading Interventions

Sarah Wilkin:  Kinesthetic Teaching Strategies with Struggling Readers

FuHua Lin Radcliffe: High Stakes Testing and Cultural Influences on Learning: Approaches, Strategies, and Motivation

Professor and graduate student looking at report

Hands-On Experience

Students are actively involved in research activities, presentations, and hands-on learning within our Center on Disabilities and Human Development. The program also requires an internship, where students spend time working in their professions before graduating.


Counseling  students have the opportunity to work in our Child and Youth Study Center, where graduate students counsel and test community clients under the supervision of trained psychologists. This center draws students from outside the state, because it provides such an excellent learning opportunity.

Faculty Involvement

A small student-to-faculty ratio provides a unique opportunity for students to interact closely with faculty.

Linda Taylor
Linda Taylor
Assistant Professor
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Susan Stuntzner
Susan Stuntzner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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