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School Counseling Admissions, Selection, and Advisement

Requirements

Requirements for Master’s Degree Admission to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services include:

Graduate Standing

The first requirement of the admission process is that the applicant must qualify for graduate standing in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at Kent State University. The academic criteria include an overall undergraduate average of 2.75.

Recommendations

Present satisfactory recommendations from two persons regarding the applicant’s professional experience, potential strengths as a counselor preferably from counselors and/or professors who know your potential as a graduate student in clinical mental health counseling or school counseling.

Faculty Review Application Materials

In reviewing materials and interviewing applicants the faculty assess the applicants with regard to each applicant's: (a) potential success in forming effective interpersonal relationships; (b) aptitude for graduate study including technological competencies and computer literacy (see note below); (c) career goals in relationship to the program; (d) openness to self-examination; and (e) openness to personal and professional development.

NOTE: Technological competence and computer literacy include using software to develop web pages, presentations, and professional papers; using audiovisual equipment such as video recorders and playback units; using computerized testing programs; using e-mail; helping clients search for various types of counseling-related information via the internet; being able to subscribe and participate in and sign off counseling related listservs; and using the internet for continuing education opportunities in counseling (ACES Technology Interest Network, 1999).

Sign Endorsement of Moral Character

The CHDS Program provides informed consent to students regarding the fact that licensing boards and professional liability insurance providers may deny licensure or coverage due to prior felony or some misdemeanor offences. Please contact the Program Coordinator if there are questions regarding the endorsement of moral character.

NOTE: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required for admissions.

Procedure for Admission to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services

  • Request from the College of Education, Health, and Human Services a graduate catalog and application materials for the Master’s degree program. Application deadlines are: October 1st, March 1st, and June 1st. On the application for the master’s degree you are asked to identify your Major. Write “Clinical Mental Health Counseling” or "School Counseling" in the blank, which asks for Program; write “Clinical Mental Health Counseling” or "School Counseling" in the blank, which asks for Area of Concentration. After the forms have been completed, mail them to: College of Education, Health, and Human Services, Office of Graduate Student Services, 418 White Hall, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242


  • Participate in an interview to help ascertain the applicant’s aptitude for graduate school level work, to better understand the applicant’s career goals and their relevance to the program’s mission, and to help ascertain the applicant’s interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with people. Application packets and interviews are completed before recommendations for admission are made to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, in which final responsibility for admission decisions is vested. The interview serves a dual purpose; one, to provide the applicant an opportunity to ask questions about the program and get an idea of what the faculty are about, and, two, to provide the faculty with first hand data as to how well they think the applicant might fit into the program specifically and into counseling in general. If there are any questions about the program or admissions procedures, applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator.

Click the following link to apply: http://www.kent.edu/ehhs/ogs/index.cfm

Role and Function of the Advisor

  • Each student is assigned a faculty advisor upon admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling program. The role and function of the faculty advisor is to sustain a working relationship with the student (advisee) through the duration of the student's plan of study. The goal of the relationship is the successful completion of the program by the advisee. The advising process entails the following procedures:
  • A group orientation meeting for new students will be held during the early part of the Fall semester. The prospectus, policies and procedures, and the expectations of the student and faculty will be discussed. ALL NEW STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND.
  • The advisee is responsible for scheduling a meeting with his/her faculty advisor early in the first semester of enrollment to plan the student's course of study. Concerns related to academic and personal adjustment may be discussed at this time. THE WRITTEN PROSPECTUS IS NORMALLY FILED AFTER THIS MEETING.
  • In subsequent semesters, regular meetings with one's faculty advisor are recommended to determine needs, suggest improvements, and develop clinical experience possibilities. It is the responsibility of the advisee to maintain regular contact with his/her faculty advisor.
There is a faculty meeting during the Fall term in which faculty review the progress of all students in the program. Following the meeting, students who, in the view of the faculty, are having difficulty are informed of the concerns.