Counselor Ed Coordinator
Debra A Pender, Ph.D., LCPC
Associate Professor and Cooridnator, Counselor Education
Office: Wham 223S
The master's degree in counseling is designed to develop students' potential as professional counselors and provide specialization in three distinct areas: (1) clinical mental health counseling; (2) school counseling; and (3) marriage, couple, and family counseling. All three emphases are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and adequately prepare students for certification and/or initial licensure in their specialty area. School counseling is also approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). In addition, SIU Carbondale is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCACSS).
The mission of the Counselor Education Program is to prepare professionals in community/agency, school, and marriage, couples and family counseling and to provide opportunities for ongoing learning and development. The program serves a diverse student body from the quad-state area of southern Illinois, southeast Missouri, southern Indiana, and northern Kentucky; regional and national urban centers; and the international arena. Faculty expect graduates to be knowledgeable and skilled in their cognitive area of expertise, to be understanding and sensitive to the needs of the diverse populations they serve, and to be skilled in the creative application of current technologies. Faculty are committed to preparing ethically responsible counselors who are critically reflective about their profession and who recognize they must continue to learn and refine their knowledge, values, and skills throughout their professional lives.
Click here for the 2014 Master's Handbook. Keep in mind that the Master's Handbook may change year by year and you will receive an updated Handbook at orientation in the semester you enroll.