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How to Apply

Admission as a Regular Student


1. Gain Admission to Graduate Study

Before an applicant can be considered for admission into the Winona State University Counselor Education Department, they must first apply for admission to WSU's School of Graduate Studies.

School of Graduate Studies applications must be completed and submitted by Nov. 15 for the Winter Application Process and March 1 for the Spring Application Process.


2. Gain Admission to the Counselor Education Program

After being admitted to the Graduate School, students interested in Master’s programs in Counselor Education (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, or Human Services Professional) must complete an online application.


Part I: Online Application

The online application will ask you to:

  1. Upload a Current Resume: A synopsis of the applicant’s education, work history, leadership experience, scholarships, honors and awards, volunteer service activities, and other pertinent information.
  2. Provide Contact information for 2-5 Professional References: Once provided, an email will be automatically generated to your references with a rating form related to professional behaviors and competencies needed for the counseling profession.
  3. Upload a Personal Statement: All program applicants are required to write a personal statement explaining a rationale for interest in counseling and human services programs offered by the Counselor Education Department at Winona State University. Additionally, applicants are asked to write about any tentative post-degree plans they have for their Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling or Human Services Professional Masters degree. The personal statement is to be no more than three double-spaced, pages in length in 12-point font.
  4. Complete Statement of Understanding Form: To ensure that all program applicants are aware of their rights and responsibilities, a written Statement of Understanding Form is provided for the applicant’s careful review. Applicants will have an opportunity to agree to the Statement of Understanding Form in the online application form.

Part II: Campus Interview Experience

After your application is complete, your materials will be screened by department faculty and a determination will be made if you advance to the next stage of the screening process, which is a campus interview experience.

Only completed applications will be considered for the campus interview. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Either way, you will be notified via your WSU email that we will provide you, which you must activate. If you advance to the next stage of the process, you will be invited to an individual/group interview.

Counselor Education Department faculty has found that the best way to identify uniquely qualified candidates for admission into the department is through a process that engages applicants in a face-to-face interview experience.

During the interview experience, program applicants will:

  1. Meet department faculty/staff
  2. Meet other prospective students
  3. Participate in an interview experience with faculty
  4. Participate in a structured group interaction with other program applicants
  5. Receive information about the program and Winona State University
  6. Engage in question/answer about the WSU Counselor Education programs

Candidates who applied by December and are invited to the interview experience may select to attend the Campus Interview Experience in January or April. Candidates applying in the spring, will be invited to the Campus Interview Experience held in April.

Successful candidates from both campus interview experiences will start their program of study in the Fall semester. All candidates will be notified via your WSU email address of the date, time and location of the interview experience.

If students are not in the United States at the time of the campus interview, they may be allowed to attend the screening virtually. Please call 507.457.5335 if you need these accommodations to attend screening.


Notification of Admission Decision

After a review of all application files and results from the Interview Experience, Counselor Education Department faculty will select only qualified candidates for admission into the department.

Notification of admission decisions will be sent to applicants via your WSU email address within three weeks of the completed Interview Experience.


Admission as a Returning Student for a Second Focus Area Post-Degree

Individuals requesting permission to return to the Winona State University (WSU) Counselor Education Department (CED) for a second focus area after completion of a MS Degree in Community Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Professional Development or Human Services Professional must first apply via letter to the department (letter may be sent to the department chair).

The letter must include the following information:

Applicant's Name:
WSU ID #:
Address:
E-Mail Address:
Phone Number:
Prior Degree Focus Area from CED:
Date Degree was Awarded:
Overall GPA at Time of Graduation:

In addition, the applicant wanting to return for a second focus area should write:

  1. a brief statement as to why a second focus area is being sought
  2. a brief statement of professional and/or work related activities since MS degree was awarded
  3. a proposed additional focus area and start date
  4. a list of proposed courses to be completed for second focus area (Note: the CED faculty will make the final determination regarding required coursework)
  5. any additional information that you believe would be helpful to support your request


Note: A copy of the applicant's most recent WSU transcript must accompany the letter.

The department chair will notify the applicant of the faculty decision regarding their request to return.


Admission as a Returning Student (Post Master’s Unclassified Student) For Licensure

Individuals requesting permission to be admitted to the Winona State University (WSU) Counselor Education Department (CED) for licensure courses after their completion of a counseling master’s degree from other institutions must first send a transcript of a master’s degree and e-mail outlining their professional goals and the reason for choosing WSU CED to the department chair. They will arrange a visit with the chair in person to discuss the track and courses to take.

These individuals then apply via letter to the department (letter may be sent to the department chair). The letter must include the following information:

Applicant's Name:
Address:
E-Mail Address:
Phone Number:
Prior Master’s Degree from other institution:
Date Degree was Awarded:
Overall GPA at Time of Graduation:

In addition, the applicant wanting to return for licensure should write:

  1. a brief statement as to why a license is being sought
  2. a brief statement of professional and/or work related activities since Master’s degree was awarded
  3. a proposed license and start date
  4. a list of proposed courses to be completed for licensure (Note: the CED faculty will make the final determination regarding required coursework)
  5. any additional information that you believe would be helpful to support your request


Note:
A copy of the applicant's transcript of the master’s degree must accompany the letter. For individuals who have not graduated from a CACREP-accredited institution, syllabi from courses completed may be requested to determine appropriate course work needed.

The department chair will notify the applicant of the faculty decision regarding their request to return.


WSU Graduate Office Requirements for Return for Licensure

Once approved by the Counselor Education Department to return for licensure, the required paperwork for return to the university must be completed and filed in the Office for School of Graduate Studies.

You can apply to the School of Graduate Studies online.


CED Endorsement of Individuals Completing Licensure Courses

Upon successful completion of all requirements for licensure, the CED will provide endorsement letters to the student at the student's request.

Endorsement letters may be required for testing for professional licensure and/or other professional credentials.

Letters of endorsement may also be required for employment. It is the student's responsibility to determine the requirements for licensure or other professional credentials.