Counselor Education

Graduate Studies

Department: Department of Educational and Human Sciences

Rated as one of the top 10 programs in the nation by US News and World Report (2016)

The UCF Counselor Education Program is designed to educate and prepare individuals interested in working as counselors and practitioners in schools, community mental health settings, institutions, hospitals, and private practice. Professional counselors assist clients in achieving optimal personal, educational, and vocational development. Counselors are proactive "agents of change". To facilitate change, an individual must be fully accepted as a person of worth, dignity, and potential. Counseling assists individuals in understanding themselves, making the most of their own qualities and making their own unique contributions to a multicultural society.
The UCF Counselor Education program includes three program tracks (please follow the links for information about each specific program track):

The master's program in Counselor Education requires significant clinical training, particularly through the use of practicum and internship experiences. Practica and internships are independent learning activities that take place in authentic settings in which students must apply, reflect on, and refine knowledge and skills acquired in the program. Practica is held at the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center, a clinical training facility with 10 counseling rooms including a play therapy and adolescent therapy room. Each room is outfitted with a closed circuit television linked to a control room where supervisors observe sessions. Internship involves the comprehensive practice of the role of the counselor in an actual counseling setting. Depending on the program track, the internship sites for the UCF Counselor Education Program are approved PK-12 school settings, mental health settings, or marriage and family settings (e.g., public schools, mental health agencies, community counseling centers, psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, or private practices).

Counselor Education Faculty

Dr. Sejal Barden
Dr. Kent Butler
Dr. W. Bryce Hagedorn
Dr. Gulnora Hundley
Dr. Richelle Joe
Dr. Dayle Jones
Dr. Viki Kelchner
Dr. Glenn Lambie
Dr. Matthew Munyon
Dr. E.H. "Mike" Robinson
Dr. Anne Shillingford Butler
Dr. Dalena Dillman Taylor
Dr. Stacy Van Horn
Dr. Mark Young

Application Deadlines
Fall admission: February 15
Spring admission: September 15

To be considered for admission to any of the counselor education program tracks, an applicant must secure, complete, and submit by the deadline (September 15 for spring term admission, February 15 for fall term admission). A formal interview is required and will be considered for final admission after the College of Education admission requirements are met. Interview dates can be found our Counselor Education website page. This program can accommodate only a limited number of students; therefore, there is a possibility of being denied admission even when all criteria are met. The College of Education reserves the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to the Counselor Education Program, if in the judgment of the faculty the student demonstrates unacceptable personal fitness to work in the counseling field with children, youth, and/or adults. Graduation requirements include the following: achieve at least a GPA of 3.0 in counseling specialization courses; achieve a B or better in MHS 6803 and MHS 6830; receive approval by Counselor Education faculty; pass comprehensive written examinations satisfactorily. Applications can be submitted using the Graduate Online Application.