Counselor Education with Specialization in Student Development in Higher Education, MS

Enhance the Student Experience.

Share your passion for the college experience by working with college students to help them get the most from their educational experience. With Central’s MS in Counselor Education: Student Development in Higher Education program, you’ll learn the foundations of the field of student affairs/services with an emphasis on student development, counseling, and utilizing a social justice framework.

A theory to practice model is used to develop practical skills to be successful in working with college students. Open the door to developing a career in:

  • Residence Life
  • Academic Advising
  • Career Services
  • Learning Centers
  • Student Activities
  • Tutoring
  • First Generation Centers
  • Multicultural/Inter-cultural Centers

Program Features

  • Starts every May
  • 42-credit program
  • Attend full- or part-time
  • Classes on-campus and online
  • Extensive internship program
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Financial aid is available
  • No GMAT/GRE required
  • We follow the Master's Level Higher Education and Student Affairs Professional Preparation Programs standards set by CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education).

Program Objectives

  1. Demonstrate core knowledge appropriate to the profession
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills
  3. Demonstrate advocacy skills
  4. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills of counseling techniques and interventions
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills to address client trauma
  6. Demonstrate application of knowledge of current ethical and legal codes
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to developing one's cultural competence
  8. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with other professionals
  9. Demonstrate dispositions appropriate to the profession
  10. Demonstrate excellent communication skills

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of theory, practice, and ethical standards relative to the practice of student development in higher education. 
  2. Demonstrate appropriate counseling, advising, and group facilitation techniques for use with students, staff, and faculty in higher education. 
  3. Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with colleagues throughout their institutions for purposed of creating and assessing learning experiences for students. 
  4. Identify a wide range of world views based on culture of life experiences, including their own, and use this understanding to communicate effectively across cultural and personal differences. 
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of federal and state laws pertinent to roles and functions of student affairs and to the responsible management of colleges and universities.