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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. Follow the steps on How to Apply to ensure a smooth application process. School of Graduate Studies applications must be completed and submitted by November 15, 2017 for the Winter Application Process and March 1, 2018 for the Spring Application Process.

2. Gain Admission to the Counselor Education Program

Counselor Education applications (PDF) must be completed and submitted by Dec. 1, 2017 or March 1, 2018 for each application deadline. In order for an applicant to be considered for admission into the Counselor Education Department they must complete the following and turn all applications materials in at the same time:

  1. 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. Two Professional Reference Forms: Two Reference Forms are to be completed and returned to the Counselor Education Department by people who know the applicant professionally and/or personally, but are not part of the applicant’s family (reference forms are included in this document).
  3. Personal Statement: All program applicants are required to write a personal statement explaining the basis for their decision to apply for admission into the Counselor Education Department at Winona State University. Additionally, applicants are to write about any tentative post-degree plans they have for their Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling or Professional Development MS degree. The applicant’s name is to appear on the top right-hand side of each page of the Personal Statement document. The personal statement is to be no more than three double-spaced, 12-font word-processed pages in length.
    The Personal Statement paper is to be submitted along with all other department application materials.
  4. 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 and signature. The Statement of Understanding Form is to be submitted along with all other department application materials (form included in this document).
  5. Individual/Group Interview Experience: 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 program information and
    6. Discuss questions about the Counselor Education Department

    The interview experience for the Winter Application Process will be held on Jan. 19, 2018 for Fall 2018 admission. The interview experience for the Spring Application Process is April 13, 2018 for fall admission. For each interview experience, candidates will be notified via email (we will use the email address that you provide on the Master of Science Application for Admission) of the date, time and location of the interview experience.

  6. Notification of Admission Decision: After a review of all application files and results from the Interview Experience, Counselor Education Department faculty will select only the top qualified candidates for admission into the department. Notification of admission decisions will be sent to applicants via email (we will use the email address that you provide on the Master of Science Application for Admission) within six (6) weeks of the completed Interview Experience.
  7. Special Note to Applicant: It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required application materials, including completed reference forms, are on file in the Counselor Education Department by the scheduled application deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Before submitting application materials to the Counselor Education Department, a photocopy or electronic file of all application materials should be made and kept in the applicant's personal files.

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 or Professional Development 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) 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), and 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), and 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 online at the School of Graduate Studies page.

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.