Reggie Woods

After doing a nice chunk of research, I found that UWRF was the perfect fit for me because of the quality of the program.
I knew so many professionals that went through the program and happen to be working as counselors shortly after. What keeps me connected to the program is meeting classmates that work in the same community and have the same goals.
I also feel like what we are learning in class can be easily applied to real life situations. ~ Reggie Woods, current student


The University of Wisconsin Cecelia LeeRiver Falls provided me the opportunity to attend graduate school while helping my parents. It is a wonderful program that helped shape me into the counselor that I am today. I am very proud of being a product of this program. Because of what the program has provided me, I try to give back by hosting counseling interns and hopefully providing them with the experiences they need to become great future counselors. ~Alum Cecelia Lee, school counselor at Hmong College Prep Academy


Kate KnightI chose the School Counseling Program at UWRF because of its flexibility and evening classes. The program allows me to prepare for a career as a school counselor while continuing my full-time job as an elementary school teacher.
I choose to stay at UWRF because the professors are committed, prepared, and supportive. They constantly push me to expand my thinking and try new skills that are outside my comfort zone. Course assignments are rigorous and encourage me to apply classroom knowledge in real-world situations. In my first semester, I have grown both personally and professionally and I look forward to continuing my education at UWRF! ~Kate Knight, current student


Kaltun AbdikaraniI am blessed with the opportunity to get my master's degree from the UWRF in school counseling. I appreciate the relevance of the course work and the real-world application of what we study. It has had an impact on me not only professionally but also on a personal development level. The teachers are highly skilled in preparing students to be effective leaders in the education system and to collaborate with other school professionals to be advocates for positive systematic change.  I also absolutely love that the program is flexible for someone like me who is managing family responsibilities along with work demands. ~Kaltun Abdikarani, current student


Antonio TysonWhy UWRF?? Well number one, UWRF is awesome and you will develop long lasting relationships with faculty and your peers. Second, UWRF will prepare you for your career in becoming a School Counselor. Third, the support you will receive from the faculty and your advisor will help you reach your full potential. Last, if you are thinking of attending somewhere else, you only need to consider UWRF because of the relationships, flexibility, respect and professional growth you will receive by attending UWRF. As a professional, UWRF opened my eyes to multiple opportunities that I would have upon graduation. Graduating from UWRF really prepared me to work as a School Counselor and has allowed me to pursue opportunities abroad. In Fall 2017 I will be working at an International School in Dubai and this would have not been possible for me without the education and training that I received at UWRF. ~alum Antonio Tyson, school counselor in Dubai, UAE


Mary AdamleWhen I began looking for the right program to pursue my school counseling degree, I looked no further than UWRF. I sought the advice of current school counselors, and UWRF repeatedly came up as a program with an excellent reputation for preparing students for that role. With 17 years of experience as a teacher in schools, I find the material I am learning in class extremely relevant and applicable. I have grown tremendously as a person and as an educator as a result of the courses I have taken and the people I have met. The size of the program means that I get to know my professors, and they get to know me. I have met such a diverse group of individuals through my classes and have begun to develop a network of colleagues that will carry over into my time as a professional school counselor. The program has also been very accommodating to me as an individual. When I needed to take time away from the program to be there for my family, the professors were supportive. They worked with me when I was ready to return. My advisor has been invaluable in helping me create a degree plan that works for me. ~Mary Adamle, current student


Vanessa MaioneI chose the UWRF School Counseling Program because many people told me it was a great program. Now being in the program, I can say it truly is a great program! The program has wonderful professors, a convenient location, a welcoming atmosphere, and offers plenty of experiences that make me feel confident in becoming a school counselor. ~ Vanessa Maione, current student


Ali KofiroWhen I started the counseling program at UWRF, I was so excited about joining the program to pursue my dream of becoming a licensed counselor, but I had absolutely no sense of how a school in a small town in Wisconsin would receive me. However, the University and particularly the counseling program provided me all the caring and support I needed in the best possible way. I quickly realized that the faculty and the community were genuinely interested in the individual success of every student in today's diverse and ever changing world and for the exercise of responsible citizenship in a globally interconnected society. The UWRF counseling program became and still is my second family, a place where I met amazing people, where I grew my intellectual capacity, where I understood that even if we were born thousand miles away, we all have opportunity to succeed. The skills and the knowledge I gained had an ever lasting impact on me. The training I received has been a valuable asset to me and my employer. I graduated in 2010, and I have since been working as a school counselor. I will always be thankful for everything that I gained by being associated with the counseling program at UWRF. ~ alum Ali Kofiro, school counselor at Wellstone International High School

Program Highlights

The Counseling Program prepares graduate students to work as professional school counselors in diverse K-12 school settings. Upon graduation, students will have a Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.), which contributes to their professional license qualifications.

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  • The 2019 CACREP Outcomes Report for our school counseling program shows that 22 students graduated from the program during the 2018-2019 academic year, and, of the students who choose to take the exam, 100% passed the Praxis Exam. Overall, 97% of students complete the program within the expected time period. Our most recent data from 2017-2018 reveals that of our graduates seeking school counseling employment, 89% obtained positions as school counselors.     
  • To see what students, alumni, and faculty achieved last year, please read the 2018-2019 Accomplishments Magazine.
  • Check out or UWRF Program Prioritization Assessment Report, completed every 3 years.
  • We have small class sizes and convenient, evening hours.
  • Our customizable graduation plans serve the diverse needs of graduate students.
  • Our students have frequent interaction with faculty members.
  • Located just outside the Twin Cities, we have classes at both the main River Falls campus and the Hudson Center.
  • In 2019, Dr. Mark Gillen was awarded the College of Education and Professional Studies Lifetime Research Award for his scholarly accomplishments. Dr. Gillen has over 200 publications and presentations in the field of counseling. 
  • In 2016, Dr. Mark Gillen was the recipient of the UWRF Keith Wurtz Award for Teaching Excellence. This award recognizes two faculty members from across campus for their innovation and teaching excellence. Dr. Gillen was chosen, in part, for his trailblazing characteristics in promoting student success and learning. Feel free to contact him to find out more or learn about the program! (
  • In 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 the Counseling Program was nominated for the UW System Board of Regents Diversity Unit Award. 

Department Open House for Prospective Students

  • Online:
    • March 16, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm. Email Dr. Baker at
    • April 2, 2020, 3:00-4:00pm. Email Dr. Gillen at
    • May 13, 2020, 10:00-11:00am. Email Dr. Baker at
    • If interested in "attending" one of these, simply email the designated faculty member during one of these windows of time, and you will get an immediate response to your questions about the program. Outside of these times, please feel free to contact Dr. Baker to set up an appointment.
  • On Campus:
    • The next Department Open House for prospective students will be held Wednesday, May 6, 5:00-6:30pm in the Wyman Education Building, room 119-120. The open house will include opportunities to interact with current students, faculty members and tour program facilities. Parking is available nearby in Pay Lot 2 (adjacent to Lot F) or Pay Lot 1 (adjacent to Lot Q). See the campus map for details.
  • Prospective applicants to the Counseling Program are highly encouraged to attend either or both types of open houses- and bring others who may be interested!



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Program Admission Deadlines:
October 1 (Spring Admission)
February 1 (Fall Admission)

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Caroline Baker
Counseling Program Director
224 Wyman Education Building