About the Counselor Education Program

For More Information

Graduate Studies Office:

Email: gradstudy@uwsuper.edu

Phone: 715-394-8295

Community Counseling Coordinator:

Dr. John Paul

Email: jpaul3@uwsuper.edu

Phone: 715-394-8151

Professional Organizations

What are the relevant professional organizations that potential students can join and what are the potential benefits to joining.

All graduate students in the Department of Counseling Professions are expected by the faculty and by ethical standards of the profession to participate in at least one professional organization related to their area of specialization. Student membership offers several advantages which may include:

  1. reduced membership fees
  2. professional liability insurance coverage
  3. journal subscriptions
  4. reduced conference fees
  5. enhance your career development

The primary suggested affiliation will vary by your program. It is strongly recommended that you join as a student affiliate of the national organization in your specialization area and possibly one or more related organizations either in your field of interest and/or your state organization affiliated with your national organization.

  1. American Counseling Association
  2. Minnesota Counseling Association
  3. Wisconsin Counseling Association
  4. American School Counselors Association
  5. Minnesota  School Counselors Association
  6. Wisconsin School Counselors Association

Program Highlights

  • State-of-the-art clinical training.
  • Professionals as Faculty.
  • Courses offered evenings, on-line, and weekends.
  • Individualized mentoring.
  • MSE degree can be completed in as little as 2 1/2 years.
  • General and specialized programs of study.

Program Information

Class Presentation

"Effective lecturers combine the talents of scholar, writer, producer, comedian, showman, and teacher in ways that contribute to student learning."

Besides being offered in a variety of styles that contribute to effective student learning our classes are offered in with our students schedules in mind.  Most of our classes are offered from 4pm-7pm or 7pm-9pm on weeknights.  We also offer some weekend condensed and online classes.

Class Size

Our classes provide for an intimate learning environment with a class size of 10-15 students.  This allows for more individualized attention and flexibility regarding different instructional approaches and assignments. This also enables students and professors to know each other better.

Length of Program

Most of our students complete our program in 2 ½-3 academic years.

Program Reputation

"How lucky we are to have a dynamic accredited graduate program in this area. Good things really do come in small

packages!" (T.H.)

Our program focuses on providing students an education related to what the organizations' that they will work for need them to know, do, and believe in order to address current or anticipated challenges, and attain specific objectives.  Upon graduation our students have an excellent employment rate. 

The Department of Counseling Professions Community Counseling Program has established cooperative relationships with several community social service agencies in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Some of these agencies include:

  • Arrowhead Corrections Centers and Arrowhead Psychological Clinic
  • Center Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • Douglas County Human Resource Center and Douglas County Jail
  • St Mary's Hospital/ Duluth Clinic
  • Human Development Center
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault
  • Twin Ports Veterans Hospital
  • Woodland Hills Treatment Center/School

The Department of Counseling Professions School Counseling program also has cooperative relationships with all regional school districts in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

Certification and Licensure

Licensed Professional Counselor

Students completing at least a 60-hour master's program, with an emphasis in Community Counseling, and two years of supervised post-master's experience and successful completion of the National Counselor Exam are eligible to be licensed as professional counselors by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy or the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.  Students who are graduates from the M.S.E. Counseling program are currently eligible for this license. For more information, visit http://www.bbht.state.mn.us/.

Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

Students may qualify to become a marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Minnesota.  Students must complete graduate academic work, supervised post degree experience, and pass the required national and state exams as outlined in Minnesota Rules 5300. The national examination may be taken as soon as the required academic work is completed. For more information, visit https://mn.gov/boards/marriage-and-family/.

Guidance Counselor State Certification

MINNESOTA Educational Requirements:
(Option 1) Hold a master's degree or the equivalent from a college or university that is regionally accredited AND Show verification of completing a Board of Teaching preparation program leading to the licensure of school counselors
Required Coursework: See link at bottom 
Experience Requirements: 400 hour practicum under the supervision of counselor educators from approved college guidance and counseling program
Examination: None 
Institution Recommendation Required?: No 
Certification: K-12
Reciprocity: No
Background Check: National and State fingerprint check

WISCONSIN Educational Requirements:

A master's degree from an approved school counseling and guidance program and the institutional endorsement.Experience Requirements: (1) Eligibility for a WI license to teach in the elementary/secondary schools and two years of successful teaching experience at the elementary/secondary school levels; OR OR (2) Completion of an approved one year full-time internship in school counseling; OR (3)  A minimum of two years of successful experience as a licensed school counselor in an assigned position of 1/2 time or more.
Examination: None
Institution Recommendation Required?: Yes, if do not have experience requirement completed at the time of hire
Certification: K -12
Reciprocity: No. In most cases WI license based on completion of a state approved program, not based on licensure in another state. However, IF you went to school in either Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma or South Dakota it will help if you have a license from that state because WI has an exchange agreement with those specific states
Background Check: Yes