Why Study the Counseling Program?

The Counseling Program prepares teacher candidates to become schools counselors which promote and enhance student success ranging from academic, personal, social, and/or career development. Candidates will uphold the ethical standards expected by the American School Counselor Association.

The Counseling Program at IU Southeast offers a Master's Degree in Education as a School Counseling Major. Graduates of the program qualify for a K-12 school counseling license and are eligible to work in Indiana or Kentucky. The Program is 48 credit hours and includes a two-part application process. Completion of the Program takes two and half years.

Upon completion of the Program, all candidates must apply for the appropriate license through the Student Services Office of the School of Education. For more information please contact our Graduate Program Advisor, Jane Riehl at jriehl@ius.edu or (812) 941-2168.

Please note: : More than 40 states do NOT require school counselors to be a licensed certified teacher; Indiana and Kentucky do NOT require school counselors to be licensed certified teachers either. However, JCPS does require their school counselors to be certified teachers with 3 years of classroom teaching experience OR to have prior experience working as a school counselor. Candidates are responsible for contacting JCPS directly to find out more about their specific policies.

For information about other state certification requirements, candidates should check the American School Counselor Association website.

Completing the School Counseling Program at IU Southeast only qualifies graduates to work as School Counselors. Graduates are not eligible for a mental health counseling license.


For candidates admitted after 7/15/2011, a two-year gap in coursework will require a new application for re-admission into any graduate program, and a mandatory meeting with a program advisor. The re-admitted candidate must then comply with any new program requirements.

There are 2 applications for admittance into the School Counseling Program:


Application 1-Seeking Admission to the Graduate School as a School Counseling major

  1. Attend a mandatory program advising session and complete program form provided during meeting. Dates may be found here…link to calendar?
  2. Complete online application. Neither personal statements nor departmental questions are required.
  3. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed at institutions other than an IU school. Candidates must have at least a 3.0 GPA for graduate coursework or a 2.5 GPA for undergraduate coursework.

Once materials have been received, the Program Coordinator will review transcripts and candidate will receive an official letter and a detailed Academic Advising Checklist. The Advising Checklist will indicate which Pre-Requisites and Pre-Core courses candidate must take before submitting Application 2, Application to the Clinical Cohort.


Application 2-Seeking Admission to the Clinical Cohort

Candidates need to complete necessary pre-requisites and pre-core courses prior to applying to the cohort.* The Program admits 16 candidates each year.

  1. Complete necessary Pre-req and Pre-core courses, as indicated by the Academic Checklist you received when conditionally admitted to Graduate School as a School Counseling major.
  2. Attend Mandatory Clinical Cohort Advising Session. Please click here for clinical cohort advising session dates.
  3. Print and read detailed instructions on compiling your Application 2 Clinical Cohort Binder.
  4. Print the Application 2 Recommendation Directions and Forms.
  5. Fill out the top of each Recommendation Form, and give appropriate form to appropriate recommender. Give each recommender a stapled envelope addressed to:

    Indiana University Southeast
    School Counseling Program
    4201 Grant Line Road
    New Albany, IN 47150

    Recommendations should be received by March 1st.

  6. Submit Application 2 Clinical Cohort Binder and three recommendations by March 1st.

*Candidates may still be completing requirements during the spring semester in which they apply for the Clinical Cohort, but must be finished with all requirements at the end of that semester to be eligible for acceptance into the Clinical Cohort. If you are still taking courses during the spring semester in which you are applying for the Clinical Cohort, you must submit a form from your instructor(s) indicating your grade at midterm.


The Application for the Clinical Cohort is evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Grade Point Average
  • GPA in pre-core classes
  • Grades on assessment papers in EDUC-G 500
  • Recommendation forms
  • Years of post-BA/BS experience with K-12 age children (minimum 2 years required)
  • Personal statement
  • Bonus Points Experiences:
    • In-Person Interviews
    • Participation in a Short Activity following In-Person Interviews

Please Note: Taking the pre-requisite and pre-core courses does not guarantee entrance into the clinical cohort. Candidates not accepted may re-apply the following year. Those re-submitted application go back into the pool and compete against all others; they will not be given preference.

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