Concordia offers multiple options in Counseling:

  1. School Counselor (K-12) – WDPI License #7054. The School Counselor Program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The program follows the licensing requirements for school counselors.
  2. Professional Counselor – WDSPS Certificate 226-Licensed Professional Counselor in Training Students may also be endorsed for a Substance Abuse Counselor in Training 130 License- See the counseling program director for specifics on SAC-IT endorsement requirements.
  3. Counseling Foundations - Non-Licensable Degree-See counseling program director for specifics for this counseling master degree alternative.
  4. A Christian Counseling Certificate is a 15 credit program designed for individuals who are currently working in or planning to work in a church, church school, or Christian agency setting.

The Objectives of the Counseling Degree

Concordia University's Graduate Counseling Program prepares its graduates to be ethical servant leaders who value in the diversity of God's children and embrace social justice with compassion. Graduates help others to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives in mind, body and spirit.

Graduates of the Counseling program will:

  • Integrate evidence-based counseling theories, techniques and interventions into professional practice
  • Adhere to professional and ethical standards
  • Actively engage in self-reflection and lifelong learning
  • Serve clients according to their unique diverse needs
  • Help clients to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives in mind, body and spirit

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Welcome to Concordia.  Please keep in mind that upon successful completion of the program, you will be endorsed for licensure in the state of Wisconsin. You are encouraged to explore what you will need in your country to complete your practicum experience as well as be licensed as a school counselor or  professional counselor. You will need to meet all criteria in the state of Wisconsin to complete your degree through Concordia. Exploration of these criteria for practicum and licensure is your responsibility and should be completed prior to entering the program or as soon as possible upon admittance to the program.

All transcripts must be from a regionally accredited university and reviewed by a credential evaluation service. Concordia recommends either: National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credentials Evaluations (AICE).

Students from outside of Wisconsin

Welcome to Concordia. Please keep in mind that upon successful completion of the program, you will be endorsed for licensure in the state of Wisconsin. You are encouraged to explore what you will need in your state to complete your practicum experiences as well as be licensed as a school counselor or professional counselor. You will need to meet all criteria in the state of Wisconsin to complete your degree through Concordia. Exploration of these criteria for practicum and licensure is your responsibility and should be completed prior to entering the program or as soon as possible upon admittance to the program.

CURRICULUM FOR SCHOOL COUNSELING

Students must complete a minimum of one course in each of the following 10 categories.  A total of 45 credits are required for graduation.  In categories with more than one course listed, required and elective courses are identified within that category. Additionally, students without a teaching license who are in school counseling program must take 48 credits including the Category 11- COUN 620 Management for Counselors/COUN 920 Management for Counselors.

Counseling Theory
COUN 543/843Counsel-Theory & Issues (required)3
Human Growth and Development
COUN 584/884Human Development (required)3
Social and Cultural Foundations
COUN 552/852Soc/Cult Foundation Coun (required)3
Helping Relationships
COUN 564/864Consultations Strategies (required)3
COUN 582/882Trauma Counseling (required)3
COUN 593/893Individual Counseling (required)3
Group Work
COUN 594/894Group Counseling (required)3
Career and Lifestyle Development
COUN 561/861Career Counsel Foundation (required)3
Appraisal
COUN 587/887Tests & Measurements (required)3
Research and Program Evaluation
COUN 586/886Design,Implem and Eval (required)3
Professional Orientation
COUN 592/892Professional Ethics (required)3
Supervised Practicum and Portfolio
COUN 627/927Portfolio - Introduction (required)0
COUN 628/928Portfolio - Pre-Practicum (required)0
COUN 579Practicum Elementary School2
COUN 630Portfolio Elementary school0
COUN 590Practicum Middle School2
COUN 631Portfolio - Middle School0
COUN 591Practicum High School2
COUN 632Portfolio High School0
Lesson Planning/Classroom Management (Non-Teachers in School Counseling)
COUN 620/920Management for Counselors (required if the student is not a licensed teacher)3
Electives
COUN 510Christian Persp Psychphrmclgy3
COUN 512Psychopharmacology3
COUN 515Research & Eval in Counseling3
COUN 520Addictions Counseling3
COUN 522Ethics of Christian Counselor3
COUN 523Ind Counsl frm Christian Persp3
COUN 528Christian Persp Family Dev3
COUN 544Scripture & Christian Counselo3
COUN 545Christian Care Giving3
COUN 546Christian Reconciliation3
COUN 550Social Psychology3
COUN 553Social/Cultural Theolgcl Found3
COUN 554Theories of Personality3
COUN 563Cur Topics Pastors & Church Wk3
COUN 565Consult Strat within Church3
COUN 577Mod & Meth Christian Fam Couns3
COUN 578Christian Trauma Counseling3
COUN 580Family Development3
COUN 588Psychopathology3
Total Hours99

Licensing Requirements for School Counselor (K-12) - License #7054

Portfolio Requirements

The student seeking a Wisconsin DPI counseling license and endorsed by Concordia,  must complete a Portfolio and demonstrate an understanding and ability to apply the Pupil Service Standards within counseling practice. The Portfolio is comprised of five sections. The Introduction to Portfolio is completed while a student is enrolled in COUN 543 Counsel-Theory & Issues/COUN 843 Counsel Theory & Issues. Pre-Practicum Portfolio is to be completed and submitted as a part of the application process for participation in the Practicum experiences. The last 3 portfolio sections (elementary school, middle school, and high school) will be completed during the Practicum experiences.

Practicum Requirements

The student needs to submit their entire application, with all three sites and on-site supervisors identified for the practicum experience to be approved. Each student must obtain a minimum of 200 hours at each of the following levels:  Elementary, Middle and High. If the student is required to obtain more than 600 hours, the student should contact the Program Director to review expectations and options.

Praxis II Exam Requirement

Students must successfully complete the PRAXIS II exam prior to graduation.

Curriculum for Professional Counseling

A total of 60 credits are required for students seeking the Licensed Professional Counseling - In Training endorsement from Concordia.The student must successfully complete a minimum of class in each of the categories listed below.

Graduate Counseling Courses

Department of Safety and Professional Services requires at least 3 credit hours in 'a counseling theory or counseling approaches course.'

Counseling Theory
COUN 543/843Counsel-Theory & Issues3
Human Growth and Development
COUN 584/884Human Development3
Social and Cultural Foundations
COUN 552/852Soc/Cult Foundation Coun3
Helping Relationships
COUN 564/864Consultations Strategies3
COUN 593/893Individual Counseling3
Group Dynamics Processing and Counseling
COUN 594/894Group Counseling3
Lifestyle and Career Development
COUN 561/861Career Counsel Foundation3
Appraisal
COUN 587/887Tests & Measurements3
Research and Program Evaluation
COUN 586/886Design,Implem and Eval3
Professional Orientation
COUN 592/892Professional Ethics3
Supervised Practicum and Portfolio
COUN 606/906Practicum for Prof Counselors3
COUN 607/907Internship I - Prof Counselor3
COUN 608/908Internship II for Prof Counsel3
Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
COUN 589/889Found Clin Mental Health Couns3
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
COUN 596Adv Thry & Skill for Prof Coun3
Crisis and Trauma Counseling
COUN 582/882Trauma Counseling3
Abnormal Behavior and Psychopathology
COUN 588/888Psychopathology3
Addicions Counseling
COUN 520/820Addictions Counseling3
Family, Partnership and Couples Counseling
COUN 581/881Models/Methods Family Coun3
Electives
COUN 510Christian Persp Psychphrmclgy3
COUN 512Psychopharmacology 13
COUN 515Research & Eval in Counseling3
COUN 523Ind Counsl frm Christian Persp3
COUN 528Christian Persp Family Dev3
COUN 522Ethics of Christian Counselor3
COUN 544Scripture & Christian Counselo3
COUN 545Christian Care Giving3
COUN 546Christian Reconciliation3
COUN 550Social Psychology3
COUN 553Social/Cultural Theolgcl Found3
COUN 554Theories of Personality3
COUN 563Cur Topics Pastors & Church Wk3
COUN 565Consult Strat within Church3
COUN 577Mod & Meth Christian Fam Couns3
COUN 578Christian Trauma Counseling3
Total Hours105

Practicum for Professional Counselor

The professional counseling student seeking licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of Wisconsin will be required to complete a minimum of 700 hours in practicum/internship experiences. Each applicant must be supervised at each practicum site by a Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) licensed professional counselor and a CUW supervisor. A practicum agreement between the student, Concordia University and each receiving site agency/hospital are required for each practicum placement. The practicum affords the student the opportunity to work as a counselor in a community setting and may include experiences such as assessment and implementation of counseling programs, individual and group counseling, and consultation with other community agencies. Those students pursuing a licensure as a Professional Counselor must complete all practicum hours in not less than two academic years. Applications for practicum must be made to the Director of the Counselor Education Program after a minimum of 33 credits of coursework is completed.

After graduation from the CUW Master of Science of Education-Counseling program, students will be eligible to apply for Professional Counselor Training License through the DSPS. The specific post-graduation requirements to receive a Professional Counselor Training License are established by the DSPS. Current DSPS regulations for Professional Counselors with a Training License include an additional 3000 hours supervised practicum.