Derek Seward, PH.D., Sims Hall, Suite 440 315-443-2266, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. James Bellini, Professor & Department Chairperson
Dr. Melissa Luke, Professor
Dr. Derek Seward, Associate Professor
Dr. Caroline O’Hara, Assistant Professor
The Master of Science in Student Affairs Counseling prepares counselors for post-secondary educational settings who will have the knowledge and skills to promote and enhance the healthy development of all students in those settings. With the current context of higher education and some of the challenges present, it is a critical time for counselors to be engaged in the services and supports offered to undergraduate and graduate students. Our program emphasizes critical counseling skills that provide a foundation for professionals to meet the needs of both students in crisis and those who are engaged in developmental transitions during the collegiate experience.
- Student Services and Advisement
- Residence Life
- Campus Substance Abuse Programs
- Athletic Departments
- Rape Crisis Centers
- University Career Centers
- Multicultural and International Students’ Offices
- Judicial Affairs’ Office
As part of the program, students acquire skills in individual and group counseling, career counseling, and multicultural counseling. Additionally, students complete 12 credits of content knowledge about various aspects of higher education. Upon completion of the program, students are immediately eligible to become National Certified Counselors with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Programs include extensive fieldwork opportunities in which students gain hands-on experience working with college students and clients in a wide range of counseling and educational settings. Students work closely with their advisor, and the fieldwork coordinator to identify settings that meet their individual interests and career goals. The faculty is nationally recognized for their leadership in the profession and all classes are taught by skilled experts and experienced clinicians.
The faculty is deeply committed to the growth and development of their students; faculty work closely with both our master’s and doctoral students. Students are trained in the most current practices and research in counseling and provided the opportunity to develop their skills and succeed in their chosen area of specialization. The department’s goal is to prepare national leaders in counseling. We provide constructivist and experiential learning environments in our classes and are committed to reflexive leadership. We seek to develop a diverse group of professionals who will excel in knowledge, skills, commitment, and service in a wide range of educational and community settings.