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The Counseling program at Chadron State College offers a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and in School Counseling. The MAE in Clinical Mental Health Counseling provides the academic coursework required for eligibility for licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) in Nebraska; Likewise, the MAE in School Counseling provides the academic coursework required for eligibility for endorsement as a School Counselor in Nebraska. Additionally, we offer graduate and undergraduate coursework leading to licensure as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in Nebraska. The programs and academic courses will prepare you to work professionally in a variety of public and private counseling agencies or within elementary and secondary school settings.

We hope our program will meet your academic and professional goals as you embark on your chosen career as a professional counselor. Our website and Counseling Student Handbook will provide you with information regarding program curricula, faculty, performance outcomes, program and college policies, professional associations, and student services.


Why Become a Professional Counselor?

According to the American Counseling Association (ACA), "Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Counselors work with clients on strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges that they are facing." (

Why Become a School Counselor

According to the American School Counselor Association, “Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow. Learn more about the school counselor's role.” (

The CSC Counseling Program is currently seeking accreditation with CACREP for our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

Apply to CSC Graduate Studies

The first step to begin your journey is to apply for admission to CSC Graduate Studies.

Complete the Counseling Program Admissions Essay

Upon Conditional Acceptance into CSC Graduate Studies, you are invited to complete an Admissions Essay for acceptance into the Counseling Program. Please choose the link above for a fillable essay form. ♦ Please note the 150 minimum word count for each of the 7 question prompts ♦. Once submitted and reviewed by faculty, you will receive notification of an admittance decision. Please contact Dr. Kathleen Woods for more information

New Student Orientation

Once you've received acceptance into the Counseling Program, you will view a New Student Orientation video prior to, or during, your first semester of classes. Please choose this link for access to the video. You are required to register for the ZOOM video with your CSC EagleMail account and will be given immediate access. The video is approximately 3 hours long, however, you will be able to pause and continue the video on-demand. Should you require more detailed information, contact Dr. Kathleen Woods, Counseling Program Director.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

The CSC Graduate School Counseling Program (MAE degree) is accredited by the The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and formally approved by the State of Nebraska. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen PK-12 student learning. CAEP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Higher Learning Commission Accreditation

The Chadron State College Graduate Counseling Program MAE degrees are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) to confer the residential and online Master of Education degree and the Master of Arts in Education degree.

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

The Chadron State College Graduate Counseling Program MAE degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is currently working toward CACREP accreditation. We hope to become accredited by the year 2024. CACREP accredits master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its specialties that are offered by colleges and universities in the United States and throughout the world.


Our Mission

The CSC Counseling Program’s Mission aims to prepare quality professional counselors for careers with state, regional, or national public and private mental health agencies, mental health institutions, and educational systems.

We are committed to producing ethically and culturally competent counselors who demonstrate professional leadership with a purposeful commitment to client advocacy, and social justice, for the western High Plains States and the broader pluralistic nation.

Diversity Statement

The Counseling Program actively recruits students from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and cultural influences. Faculty value diversity among its student population and in society at large. This commitment to and appreciation of individual differences can be found in all aspects of our program, including student selection and admissions, faculty hiring, classroom instruction, texts and teaching materials, clinical practice and supervision, departmental administration, day-to-day operations, and policy formation.

The Counseling Program views recruiting and retaining a diverse group of students from the western High Plains as a major focus. We define the term diverse group broadly, including ethnic, racial, and cultural identities as well as in personal world views, gender identity, sexual preference, age differences, and the challenges associated with disabilities of various kinds. To attract and support a diverse student population, we have taken several initiatives including but not limited to the following:

  • Flexibility
    Our courses are scheduled to meet the needs of a diverse non-traditional student population. Most of our courses are delivered in an online format to provide options for those students who may need to complete their program in stages or on a part-time basis.
  • Affordability
    Our tuition is highly competitive with other institutions in Nebraska and is significantly less than many online programs offered by private and for-profit institutions.
  • Financial Support
    Our college offers a financial assistance program (FAFSA), which is open to all students without discrimination. Our Counseling Program provides three graduate assistantships that cover tuition and provide a stipend. Assistantships are available for students enrolled in a graduate degree program and designed to provide opportunities for supervised educational experiences at the graduate level.
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    Actively advertising that our program has a strong emphasis on diversity. The program website and mission statement highlight diversity.

Program Objectives

  1. The Counseling Program strives to educate academically prepared counselors.
  2. The Counseling Program strives to produce diverse counselors.
  3. The Counseling Program strives to develop dispositionally appropriate counselors manifesting clear counseling professional identities.

Counseling Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the CSC Counseling Program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice: Develop a professional identity as a counselor, demonstrate an understanding of the counseling profession, and demonstrate a willingness to provide counseling services within the ethical guidelines of the counseling profession.
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity: Demonstrate an understanding of the social and cultural influences, the effects of power and privilege, and the impact of acculturative experience on the counseling process.
  3. Human Growth and Development: Develop an understanding of developmental aspects of human growth and appreciation for the nature of human development and its integration within the counseling process.
  4. Career Development: Develop an understanding of career development and approaches for conceptualizing the interrelationships between work, mental wellbeing, and other life roles within counseling.
  5. Counseling and Helping Relationships: Gain significant knowledge and application of major counseling theories. Demonstrate effective individual counseling techniques that facilitate client growth and the ability to evaluate progress toward treatment goals.
  6. Group Counseling and Group Work: Develop both experiential and theoretical understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches.
  7. Assessment and Testing: Gain knowledge and skills in assessment techniques and apply basic concepts to individuals and/or group appraisal.
  8. Research and Program Evaluation: Develop the ability to read, critique, evaluate, and contribute to professional research literature.
  9. Clinical Mental Health Program: Practice counseling utilizing knowledge and application of various theories, dynamics, and techniques.
  10. School Counseling Program: Develop a model for implementing a school counseling program.