Counseling and Student Affairs
The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs offers three exciting Master of Arts in Education (MAE) degree programs designed to prepare highly competent helping professionals. In addition, the Department offers two certificate programs. We welcome you to join us!
Which Program is right for me?
The descriptions below include information that can help you clarify which program, certificate program, or endorsement is most consistent with your interests and career goals.
If you believe you would enjoy counseling individuals, couples, families, and groups with a wide range of personal problems, psychological disorders, or career concerns this is the avenue for you! Graduates of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration have the educational credentials to meet qualifications for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Kentucky and most states. As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, you will provide individual, couples, family, and group counseling, administer prevention programs, conduct psychoeducational workshops, and advocate for clients. Because this concentration is accredited by CACREP, Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates who become licensed qualify for employment by the VA and as independent practitioners under TRICARE. Make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and the community! For more information click the Clinical Mental Health Counseling link above.
Marriage, couple, and family counseling is a specialized clinical training program. Graduation from the Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling concentration provides individuals the educational qualifications for licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Kentucky. A marriage, couple, and family counselor helps couples and families repair relationships. By helping clients develop awareness, understanding, and different ways of relating, a marriage, couple, and family counselor can help families and couples facilitate their own healing and develop relational resources to handle difficult situations. If you are interested in positively affecting couples and families, this is the path for you! For more information click the Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling link above.
The school counseling program trains counselors to help elementary and secondary students increase academic achievement; explore and plan for careers; and facilitate social, personal, and emotional development. School counseling graduates will have the necessary tools to work with students individually and in groups. In addition, graduates will be prepared to work collaboratively with teachers and administrators. Finally, school counseling graduates will be prepared to initiate change in entire school systems in order to make broad changes in the lives of students and the community. For more information click the School Counseling link above.
Higher education is a very exciting place to work! Student affairs positions are available everywhere you look on a university, four-year college, community college, or technical college campus as well as on-line or virtual universities. Earn a master's degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education and you will be prepared to design, coordinate, and deliver student services and educational activities. Join the college community and become part of the administrative team as an educator, leader, and manager! For more information click the Student Affairs link above.
Certificates and Endorsement
Addictions Education (AE) Certificate
This interdisciplinary certificate program prepares students to provide counseling, education services, and/or support services to individuals experiencing addiction issues. Individuals who complete the program will be knowledgeable about the various components of addictions and gain skills related to their professional field such as prevention strategies, assessment procedures, intervention skills, treatment planning, and recovery support. This program is appropriate for both licensed eligible mental health professionals (i.e., Professional Counselors, Social Workers), as well as bachelor level employees (i.e., mental health support professionals, human resources administrators and staff). For more information, visit the Addictions Education Certificate page.
As career and vocational concerns are experienced by individuals throughout life, a need developed for advanced training in the area of career program management. The Certificate in Career Services (CCS) is designed to provide career counselors, educators, and other helping professionals with the advanced knowledge they need serve students and clients within the context of an ever changing employment landscape. Successful graduates will have earned their certificate based on the completion of theory-based instruction and internship experiences, primarily focused on college/university student affairs. For more information, visit the Certificate in Career Services page.
This 15 credit hour, all on-line certificate program is for graduate students who desire to interact and intervene with P-12 students in their college and/or career preparation as well as develop professional relationships with school-related stakeholders. The College and Career Readiness (CCR) certificate is created to support the career and college readiness needs of local, regional, and national P-12 students. Well-trained school teachers, counselors, coaches, and administrators can all be uniquely placed to help high school students choose a future path that meets their preferences, personalities, and long term goals whether that entails a postsecondary education or a direct path to the workforce. Organizational leaders and student affairs personnel who work with high schools to obtain high quality talent will learn more about working with schools. This certificate program is designed to increase a familiarity with academic and financial opportunities for college, career preparation skills, and job opportunities available at local and regional businesses. It will be offered through WKU’s Bowling Green campus; courses will be taught by CNS faculty with the integration of experts from local businesses and schools. This certificate program will play a leading role in Kentucky’s economic and social development by preparing CCR graduates to prepare P-12 students to join a high quality educated workforce in an area of local, regional, and national need. Additionally, it will meet the needs of area schools by providing specific training to the personnel being hired or asked to work with students in the areas of college and career readiness. It will also serve to help build and maintain networks between districts and industry in Bowling Green. For more information, visit the CCR certificate page
College campuses have become increasingly internationalized. International student populations have grown, study abroad has become a standard in higher education, and as a result, the student population has developed new needs. The Certificate in International Student Services offers graduate-level students preparation to manage educational exchange, lead campus internationalization, and provide international student services. Students pursuing the Certificate in International Student Services may complete the certificate program by itself or along with the MAE in Student Affairs. Successful graduates will have earned their certificate through theory-based instruction, application of material through internship, and an international experience. For more information, visit the International Student Services (ISS) page.