Counselor Education Department
In WSU Counselor Education Department programs, you’ll learn counseling skills, group facilitation, career development, and other competencies through coursework and engagement in the community.
We offer 4 programs that will give you meaningful knowledge and experience in your area of interest. Our programs feature:
- Evening classes
- Classes on Winona and Rochester campuses
- Learning in online, hybrid, and in-person courses
- Community-based learning experiences
- Flexible internship opportunities throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and across the nation as available
Once you earn your degree, you’ll be well prepared to work in a wide range of professional counseling settings.
The Counselor Education Department partners with schools, mental health agencies, and area organizations to provide students with the authentic learning experiences they need to excel in a variety of counseling fields.
The mission of the Counselor Education Department is to prepare school and clinical mental health counselors who can:
- build professional relationships that empower individuals, groups, and families to accomplish mental health, educational, wellness, and career goals
- provide socially conscious prevention, remediation, and growth-enhancing interventions to individuals, groups, and families within a multicultural and pluralistic society
WSU’s Counselor Education Department makes a big difference in our community and surrounding areas each year. Its internships and practicums have a significant economic impact.
These programs also increase community engagement through volunteer work.
During the 2021-2022 academic year, the Counselor Education Department’s impact on local communities was more than $350,000.
4 part-time Clinical Mental Health Counselor Interns contributed $43,848 to the total impact
14 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum students and 9 School Counseling Practicum students contributed $105,116 to the total impact
7 full-time Clinical Mental Health Counselors, 9 full-time School Counselor Interns, and 3 part-time Clinical Metal Health Counselors contributed $202,545 to the total impact
During the Fall 2021 term, students enrolled in CE 601: Foundations of Counseling volunteered in the following agencies:
- Freeborn County Hospice Programs
- Feed My People Food Bank, Eau Claire, WI
- Alternative Learning Center, Rochester, MN
- REACH Resource Center of Mankato
- Womens Shelter and Support Center of Rochester
- Advocacy Center of Winona
- WSU Counseling Center
- New Horizons, La Crosse, WI
- Willow Boutique, La Crosse, WI
- Big Brothers Big Sister, Seven Rivers Region, WI
- Bluff County Co-op
- Crestwood Jr. High, Creso, Iowa
The Counselor Education Department’s Rho Sigma Upsilon society supports a student in Guatemala through Common Hope since 2014.