Academic Programs

M.Ed. in Education & Human Resource Studies

Counseling and Career Development

The Counseling and Career Development program prepares professional counselors following the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards so that graduates are able to help people of all ages develop the self-awareness, exploration, decision making, and self-advocacy skills needed to live effective lives within a pluralistic society.

Graduates of the Counseling and Career Development program receive a world-class education through relevant, interpersonal, and technology-rich learning experiences. The CCD program currently offers two specializations: career counseling and school counseling. All graduates of the CCD program complete:

  • A 36 credit hour core curriculum
  • A 12 credit hour specialization curriculum
  • A 100 hour clinical practicum
  • A 600 hour internship in the appropriate setting for their specialization

Pursuit of dual specializations includes completion of specific curriculum in both specializations as well as two complete 600 hour internships, one in each specialization. Upon graduation, all students are licensure eligible provided that they select elective coursework to equal 60 credit hours total for the LPC.

Career Counseling Track

Graduates of the career counseling track are uniquely educated and trained to go beyond traditional career interventions of career education and career guidance, and engage in career counseling. In partnering with individuals to live a life of meaning and mattering as defined by the individual, career counselors are able to utilize their counseling knowledge and skills to engage in reflexive dialogues to address individuals' unique cultures, contexts, needs, desires, values, concerns, and barriers that may arise during any of the three previously mentioned career interventions.

School Counseling Track

Graduates of the school counseling track are prepared to serve as professional school counselors in K-12 educational settings. Professional school counselors work to meet the academic, social-emotional, and career needs of all students through individual, group, and classroom delivery modalities. Through advocacy, collaboration, and leadership, school counseling graduates serve as systemic change agents striving to ensure equitable educational access by engaging in data-informed practice, reducing multi-level barriers, and promoting culturally sensitive decision-making.

For more information about the Counseling and Career Development specialization, please click the links in the menu to the right. If you have specific questions that are not addressed in these links, or if you wish to discuss your interest in this degree, please feel free to contact the program coordinator, Dr. Laurie Carlson, at (970) 491-6826 or

Application deadline: February 1 for full consideration.

Applications are accepted for the summer (highly encouraged) and fall semesters only.