Why Study Counseling?

Graduate | Education | CEPS

UWRF's graduate-level Counseling program prepares students to work as professional counselors in diverse PK-16 school settings. Upon graduation, students will have a Master of Science in Education, a wide breadth of hands-on experience and an array of skills and tools needed to succeed in their careers. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Who is this program designed for?

  • Individuals interested in preparing for employment as a counselor in a school setting
  • Designed for individuals from all professional backgrounds

Program Details

  • Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • Prepares students to work as school counselors at all levels (PK - 16).
  • Customized graduation plans based on professional experience and diverse graduate students' needs.
  • Evening and summer courses on the River Falls campus.
  • Approachable and available faculty members.

To be considered as candidates, applicants must submit the following materials: 

  • A resumé
  • A completed UWRF online application for graduate study (apply online)
  • Application fee payment
  • A written letter of interest, following the format described on the Counseling and School Psychology website, using this form
  • Transcripts from undergraduate and all graduate schools attended (submitted directly to UWRF Admissions from the institution) showing a minimum GPA of 2.75 (exceptions may be made under special circumstances)
  • Three letters of recommendation, following the format described on the Counseling and School Psychology website

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required but will be considered if official results are submitted. 

The program faculty does not formally interview applicants. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Department Chair Caroline Baker by email or phone at 715-425-3237 to speak about the program.

A complete application, fee and materials received and postmarked on or before February 1 will be considered for the following fall term and on or before October 1 will be considered for the following spring term. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Submit all documents to the Graduate Admissions Office, 103 David Rodli Hall, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022. To check the status of your application, call the Graduate Admissions Office at 715-425-3500.

Application Material Required

Submission Method Required

START HERE: Online application form (and $56 application fee)

Complete the online system application first so we can track your documents as they are submitted. You do NOT need a "campus statement" in this section.

Submit payment electronically at the same link. You can pay immediately or return and pay prior to the application deadline.

You may submit this application without payment initially and all parts of the application below can be sent in separately or as a package. To be reviewed, all pieces must be received by the deadline, including payment.

Resume

Email as an attachment to graduateadmissions@uwrf.edu OR mail directly to Graduate Admissions at the address below.

Letter of interest: Download this form and complete each section.

Email as attachment to graduateadmissions@uwrf.edu OR mail directly to Graduate Admissions at the address below.

  • Be specific. Focus your response to the question at hand.
  • Proofread or have someone you know proofread for errors and clarity.
  • Focus on why you want to become a school counselor and why you hope to study at UWRF.

Three letters of recommendation

Your letter writer must email their recommendation directly as an attachment to graduateadmissions@uwrf.edu OR mail to Graduate Admissions (directly from letter writer) at the address below.

  • NO official ranking form, checklist or waiver for letters of recommendation.
  • Good letter writers are those who can speak objectively to your potential - professors, work supervisors or colleagues.
  • Speak with letter writers ahead of time about why you want to become a school counselor and why you want to study at UWRF.
  • We look for evidence of academic skills and/or skills in working with people.
  • We want to read about specific reasons you would be a good fit for this profession and this program.

Official transcripts from your undergraduate degree granting institution (required) and graduate schools attended (if applicable)

Your school should email electronic transcripts directly (many universities offer this option) to graduateadmissions@uwrf.edu OR mail directly to Graduate Admissions at the address below.

OPTIONAL: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required but will be considered if official results are submitted.

Mail directly to Graduate Admissions at the address below (OPTIONAL).

Submit all documents to the Graduate Admissions Office, 103 David Rodli Hall, 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022. To check the status of your application, call the Graduate Admissions Office at 715-425-3500.

The Counseling Program meets state standards for certification. It also adheres to the profession's accepted and established practices for training school counselors. Visit the Counseling and School Psychology Department web page for more information.

Required Courses, 60 credits

Core courses, 28 cr.
COUN 610 Introduction to School Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 612 Lifespan Human Development, 3 cr.
COUN 614 Counseling Practicum, 4 cr.
COUN 615 Cultural & Ethical Foundations of Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 620 Career Counseling, 3 cr.
SPSY 622 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention, 3 cr.
COUN 732 Group Counseling, 3 cr.
COUN 753 Counseling Theory and Skills, 3 cr.
COUN 770 Comprehensive School Counseling Programming, 3 cr.


Required classes, 20 cr.
SPSY 795 Research and Program Evaluation, 3 cr. 
COUN 798 Independent Study, 2 cr.
SPED 530 Exceptional Child, 3 cr.
COUN 771 Internship: Elementary School Counseling, 4 cr.
COUN 772 Internship: Middle School Counseling, 4 cr.
COUN 773 Internship: High School Counseling, 4 cr.


Before finalizing Internship plans, the student must pass a written examination based upon the content of all of the core course.


Directed elective courses, 12 cr.
Track A: Substance Use Disorder, 6 cr.
Track B: Higher Education Administration, 6 cr.
Additional electives to be selected in consultation with an advisor

Students will also present a portfolio indicating knowledge and application of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Standards for Professional School Counselors. Completion of the internship and of the master's program is dependent upon approval of the portfolio by the program faculty and the practicum supervisors in the field.

You've got questions, we've got answers! We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help guide you. If you've got additional questions, don't hesitate to reach out via email or by phone at 715-425-3237.

Frequently Asked Questions

Counseling Graduate student Audrey Williams
During my first year at UWRF, I have had the opportunity work with students in a guided practicum, get involved with the student association, become the recipient of a program scholarship, and make connections in the field. My peers have been my main motivators because I am inspired by their thought-provoking discussions and dedication to this work.
Audrey Williams

Counseling

caroline.baker@uwrf.edu // 715-425-3237

Your Degree:

Graduate

Area of Study:

Education

3 Counseling graduate students discuss coursework during class

Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Identify as professional school counselors through language and behaviors.
  • Implement and advocate for comprehensive school counseling programs.
  • Support student success by incorporating best practices through research, scholarly literature and technology.
  • Consultcollaborate, and establish partnerships with stakeholders.
  • Apply ethical, developmental and cultural practices in school counseling.

Types of Courses

  • Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
  • Career Counseling
  • Comprehensive School Counseling Programming
  • Counseling Theory and Skills
  • Cultural and Ethical Foundations of Counseling
  • Exceptional Child
  • Group Counseling
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Lifespan Human Development
Group of Counseling graduate students sit at a round table putting together a puzzle