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Graduate Counseling Programs FAQ
The following are questions commonly asked about the Counseling Graduate programs.
I'm already studying in another counseling graduate program. May I transfer courses if I am accepted into your program?
Why did the name of the Applied Psychology degree change to Counselor Education?
The counseling program at EWU has been accredited by CACREP since 1996. In order to keep with the changing nature of the profession, CACREP updates the standards programs must adhere to so that programs, faculty, and students are always doing what is ethical and up to date. According to the standards, the degree name must reflect the profession of counseling. The degree name changed in 2014 to reflect this. None of the curriculum changed and graduates still meet all education requirements for licensure in the state of Washington or as an ESA (certified school counselor).
How do I apply for admission into the Graduate Counseling Programs?
The entire application packet is available to you online. Click on graduate applications to access the page. All required material can be completed and submitted via the application process.
Please note that the department application is now included in the online submission provided by the graduate school. Instructions for the personal statement are now with the application and will be submitted online during that process.
Contact Keely Hope (509) 359-2439 for questions regarding the Counseling Programs.
The application PRIORITY deadline date is February 1. Fully completed applications have first priority. Applications will still be considered until March 15.
What should I include in my application?
The application requirements include official undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable), three references, General GRE scores, cover letter and resume, and a personal statement including the following: (1) how has your life experiences influenced your decision to pursue a career in counseling? (2) Once you complete this degree, where do you see yourself working and with what population (types of clients)? (3) During your graduate education you will be exposed to people who's experiences and opinions are different from your own. How are you prepared to deal effectively with these people? (4) As a CACREP accredited program, we strive to provide the community with leaders. How do you see yourself providing leadership within your community upon completion of this program?
We recommend you write your answers to the personal statement questions prior to completing the online application. Take your time and create a well thought out answer to these questions. Create this as a Word Document so that you may copy into your application at the appropriate time. Make sure to answer all questions in your statement.
Application to the university and department are completed online. Once you sign into the graduate application portal, you will be prompted to "Select an application type." You will choose the "GR Applied Psychology MS" option. Once you select the quarter you are applying for, you will then choose the "Program of Study option" from application checklist. Please make sure to complete the "Applied Psychology Information" because that is the program application and is where you will find the questions included in your personal statement. Please note these actually are phrased as four separate questions not a place to upload one single document.
Can I apply to both the Mental Health and School Counseling emphasis?
No. Professionally these two fields are very different. While there are many classes that the students share, the specialties are unique. To understand the difference, we recommend you spend a bit of time researching what settings each of the degrees would ultimately afford you. That will help guide you in your decision to apply for one of the tracks.
You require a personal statement. What should I write about?
We recommend you write your personal statement prior to completing the online application. Take your time and create well thought out answers to these questions. Create this as a Word Document so that you may copy into your application at the appropriate time. Make sure to answer all questions in your statement.
Address the following topics:(1) how has your life experiences influenced your decision to pursue a career in counseling? (2) Once you complete this degree, where do you see yourself working and with what population (types of clients)? (3) During your graduate education you will be exposed to people who's experiences and opinions are different from your own. How are you prepared to deal effectively with these people? (4) As a CACREP accredited program, we strive to provide the community with leaders. How do you see yourself providing leadership within your community upon completion of this program?
When should I take the GRE in order to have it sent to you before the deadline?
Although the GRE is now commonly taken online at a testing site and the student learns his or her unofficial scores almost immediately, the scores do not get sent to the university quite as fast.
Official GRE scores are not send to the chosen university until approximately 10 to 15 days after the original test date. In addition, these scores are mailed to the graduate studies office.
In order to assure that your scores are in the hands of the committee by February 1st (deadline), you should plan to take the GRE by December 31st of the year before the application deadline. For example, if you were applying for the February 1, 2012 deadline, ideally you would have taken the GRE prior to December 31, 2011.
How do I submit my three recommendations?
You will submit name and email of the person who is providing you a recommendation in the applicaiton. The person will recieve an email from the university/program and will do the recommendation electronically.
All you need now is the person's name, title, and email address.
Make sure to alert your reference to the change and that s/he will receive an email from us with the opportunity to upload the traditional letter of recommendation and fill out our form electronically.
Can I take classes part-time or is this a full time program?
Currently there is no part-time option. Our program is run using a cohort model. Academic and clinical courses are presented in a structured sequence that requires full time attendance for both years of the program. A new entering class begins each fall quarter and proceeds through their two-year program together.
How long does it take to complete the program?
Two full academic years. This includes the 600 hour internship requirement.
School Counseling candidates complete seven quarters of study with two classes (6 total credits) in summer. These classes will prepare you for internship in fall.
Mental Health candidates complete seven quarters of instruction including one summer quarter of internship credits (5 credits and 15-20 hours a week at the internship site).
Do you offer any of the counseling classes online?
There are no online courses associated with this program. There are no current plans to develop any online courses for the counseling program.
How are classes scheduled?
First year students have classes Monday through Thursday of each week, generally from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Occasionally, a class may be scheduled for early afternoon. Second year students have classes on Monday and Tuesday and are at their internship sites Wednesday through Friday. The only weekend courses are one-credit electives that usually meet Friday evening and all day Saturday for just one weekend.
Can I work while studying in the Counseling Programs?
Some students are able to work part time during their first year, but it is very difficult to work while attending classes and successfully completing the internship the second year. The answer may rely on the student and the student's needs outside of school.
How many applicants are admitted each year?
Currently, twelve to fifteen students are admitted per emphasis each year. In total, the counseling program admits between 24 and 30 per year. Because our programs are nationally certified by CACREP, we maintain a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. We routinely have more academically qualified applicants than we can admit.
How many credits will I complete during my course of study?
93 or 95 credits depending on which emphasis you choose.
How are new students selected from among the pool of applicants?
Strong consideration is given to demonstrated academic excellence. We want students who will be competent in a graduate level course of study. In addition, the faculty focuses on the applicant's maturity, interpersonal skills, and prior experience in a helping role with others. Each applicant's file is reviewed by each member of the Counselor Education faculty using a weighted scoring sheet that considers GPA, GRE scores, strength of letters of recommendation, prior experience, and professionalism of the applicant's written personal statement. Grammar, style, and content are evaluated as part of the personal statement. Faculty members then decide collectively on which students will be further considered for admission. Each applicant still in consideration is interviewed by the faculty.. A final decision on members of the cohort is reached by mid to late March, if possible..
Do I have to have an undergraduate degree in psychology to be admitted?
No. While many of our students have a degree in psychology or a closely related field, each year, students are admitted with undergraduate degrees in such disciplines as communication, education, business, nursing, or social work. However, most of those would benefit from taking some psychology courses that prepare them for graduate work in the counseling field. If you have any questions about whether or not you you need to take a course before admission, check Dr. Keely Hope, Program Director of Counselor Education.
Are there any specific undergraduate courses required for admission?
Yes. CSBS 320- Statistics.
We do not require a degree in psychology or any specfic degree. However, as counseling is heavily grounded in psychology and counseling theory, the admissions committee prefer candidates who can show completion of the following courses (or the equivalent from another department or university):
PSYC 314-Tests, Measurements, and Evaluation (a survey course about psychological testing)
PSYC 344-Introduction to the Helping Profession (includes development of basic dyadic communication skills)
PSYC 483-Group Dynamics (an overview of group communication, stages of group development, conflict resolution, and teamwork principles).
If you have questions regarding this, please contact Dr. Keely Hope, Program Director.
I'm already studying in another counseling graduate program. May I transfer courses if I am accepted into your program?
With rare exception, courses can be transferred in only from other CACREP programs. The maximum number of credits that can be transferred into our program is 12 quarter credits or 9 semester credits, and this requires approval of the faculty.
What exactly does a school counselor do?
School counselors are uniquely trained individuals who primarily work in K-12 schools. They may also work in a district supervisory role or college counselor education programs. Their expertise allows them to design, implement, evaluate, and enhance effective interventions to guide students in academic, career, and personal/social goals. Through leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, professional school counselors create equitable opportunities for all students to access a rigorous education.
A full summary of what a school counselor does can be found at the American School Counseling Association website. The organization provides a clear idea of what exactly the role of school counselor is in this document.
What is the job placement rate for graduates of the Counseling Programs?
Very high, even in economically difficult times. Because of the strengths and reputation of the program, graduates routinely find full time positions in their field within a few months of completing the program.