MSED Program Overview | Department of CQMSE | SIU

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MSED Program Overview | Department of CQMSE | SIU

Program Overview

The Counselor Education program offers three CACREP-accredited master's degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling, and School Counseling. In addition, we offer a CACREP-accredited doctoral degree in Counselor Education. Come learn with us!


Applicants should have earned a 2.70 grade point average (A=4.00) in the final 60 semester hours of their undergraduate degree to be considered for unconditional admission to graduate study. There are no undergraduate program requirements for admission to the Master's program in Counselor Education. Applicants who have already completed or partly completed a master’s degree in counseling or related field at another institution will receive a transcript review by the faculty as soon as their applications are completed.  The faculty review will examine course similarities to determine if there are courses that will provide the same or equivalent foundation as found in a CACREP accredited master’s program and that can be transferred toward an SIU graduate degree.  Students may be asked to provide course syllabi for that review.  Regardless of previous course or practicum similarities, some courses and all practicum and internships must be completed at SIU Carbondale.  The required courses will be determined on an individual basis.

All application materials must be received before an admission decision can be made. Application to the Counselor Education program requires submission of the following:

  • Application for Admission to Graduate Study through the Graduate School
  • Departmental Application
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • A 3-5 page, double-spaced essay addressing the applicant's career goals and views on personal and professional growth
  • Application fee (refer to the Graduate Studies website to determine amount)

GRE scores must be submitted directly from the ETS (Educational Testing Services) to the Educational Psychology and Special Education Department. Likewise, all transcripts should be sent directly from the institution where credit was earned. Applicants may not personally submit the GRE score or transcripts.

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Counselor Ed. Program Coordinator

Debra A Pender, Ph.D., LCPC 
Associate Professor and Cooridnator, Counselor Education
Phone: 618.453-2311
Office: Wham 223S