Mission Statement

The mission of the Counseling programs at UMKC’s School of Education is to prepare students to meet the varied psychological, social, and educational needs of individuals, couples and families in diverse urban communities. With an emphasis on social justice, the programs are based on national and state standards for excellence in counselor education training and the overarching goal of the programs is to develop competent counseling professionals who are eligible for certification as professional school counselors and to be licensed as professional counselors.

Overview of the M.A. in Counseling

The Counseling Program is accredited by the Master's in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council. The master's degree is the first professional degree in counseling. Graduates holding this degree will gain the basic understanding and skills necessary for professional practice as a counselor.  The program currently offers three emphasis areas leading to the M.A. degree: Elementary and Secondary School Counseling, Couples and Family Counseling and Mental Health Counseling.

Those electing the school counseling emphasis will, upon successful completion of the coursework and passing of the state exams for school counseling, be eligible for school counselor certification in Missouri. The other counseling emphases are designed for students who wish to work in a variety of settings other than the public schools. Those earning degrees in counseling become employed in community colleges, four-year colleges, specialized areas in large universities (e.g. career planning and placement), the court system and community-based mental health services. Many students go on for advanced degrees. Students in this program will take all of the coursework needed to be eligible for licensure as a professional counselor in the state of Missouri. Students may also arrange their internship setting placements similar to those in which they plan to work.

Requirements for Admission

  • Overall undergraduate 2.75 GPA or better, or 3.0 or better (4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester hours.

Admission Procedures

Applications for the program are accepted twice a year: by Sept. 1 to be admitted for the spring semester or by March 1 to be admitted for the fall semester. Application materials must be sent to both the UMKC Office of Admissions and the Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology. It is suggested that students apply to the University as soon as possible to allow for processing time. Materials sent to the UMKC Admissions Office should be received by the application deadlines; materials sent to the Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology can be postmarked by the application deadlines.

Students who wish to apply to the program will have to submit two separate applications, one to the University (see A. below) and one to the Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology (see B. below).

A. Send to the UMKC Admission office:

  1. Application for Admission (available on-line at www.umkc.edu/admissions).
  2. $35 (domestic online) or $50 (international) non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended (in sealed envelope or sent directly from universities).

Mailing Address

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Office of Admissions
120 Administrative Center
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

B. Send to the Counseling and Educational Psychology office:

  1. M.A. Counseling Application at http://education.umkc.edu/academics/masters-degrees/master-of-arts-in-counseling/ (detailed instructions available on the application).
  2. Three letters of reference (use rating forms in the application packet).
  3. Statement defining personal and professional goals.
  4. Additional requirements may apply for international students.

Mailing Address

University of Missouri-Kansas City
ATTN: Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology
215 Education Building
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Requirements for Graduation

Students must complete all courses in the M.A. program with a B or better in all coursework.

Students must apply for graduation by the posted deadline during their final term of enrollment. All students must be enrolled during the term they intend to graduate.

Students in the school counseling emphasis must pass the Missouri state assessments exams for school counseling.

Students in school counseling emphasis must pass the portfolio requirement.

For more specific information about the master's in Counseling and Guidance see http://education.umkc.edu/programs/view/16

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates demonstrate skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Theories and skills of counseling
  • The counseling relationship
  • Social and cultural foundations of counseling
  • Career development
  • Assessment
  • Research methods
  • Professional identity
  • Group theory and skills
  • Ethical standards and issues
  • Diagnostic systems
  • Comprehensive program development, implementation and management

Additional School Counseling Student Learning Outcomes*

  • Student development
  • Program implementation
  • Professional relationships
  • Leadership and advocacy
  • Ethical and professional conduct
  • Cultural competence

*The UMKC Counseling Program Goals are based on the Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators (MoSPE).  The MoSPE Standards for School Counselors are the foundation for certification in Missouri.

Degree Requirements

* Note: Only courses with an asterisk may be taken prior to being admitted to the program.
# Note: Course can be taken if officially admitted to a graduate degree program.

Required Core Courses (All Emphases)
CPCE 5500Introduction To Professional Counseling *3
CPCE 5505Career Development I #3
EDUC-R&P 5508Principles And Methods Of Research *3
CPCE 5515Assessment Methods In Professional Counseling3
CPCE 5520Theories of Counseling3
CPCE 5530Methods Of Counseling3
CPCE 5531Counseling Practicum I3
CPCE 5532Counseling Practicum II3
or CPCE 5533 Couples And Family Therapy Practicum
CPCE 5540Theories And Methods In Group Counseling3
CPCE 5551Counseling in a Pluralistic Society3
CPCE 5553Ethics And Professional Issues In Counseling3
CPCE 5575AInternship In Counseling I3
CPCE 5575BInternship In Counseling II3
Couples and Family Emphasis Area
CPCE 5503Psychopathology: Diagnoses And Classification3
CPCE 5527Theory And Methods Of Sexual Counseling3
CPCE 5541Couples And Family Therapy3
CPCE 5542Theories and Techniques of Family Systems Therapy3
CPCE 5590Prevention, Consultation, and Program Evaluation in Community Settings3
EDUC-R&P 5513Life Span Human Development *3
3 hours elective coursework
Mental Health Emphasis
CPCE 5503Psychopathology: Diagnoses And Classification3
CPCE 5527Theory And Methods Of Sexual Counseling3
CPCE 5521Special Counseling Methods - Substance Abuse3
EDUC-R&P 5513Life Span Human Development3
CPCE 5590Prevention, Consultation, and Program Evaluation in Community Settings3
6 hours elective coursework
School Counseling Emphasis
CPCE 5502Fndtns Of Elementary & Secondary School Counseling & Guidance3
CPCE 5504School Guidance Programs3
CPCE 5550Organization And Administration Of Counseling Programs3
TCH-ED 404Education of the Exceptional Child and Youth (5404 section)3
Select one of the following:3
Child Behavior And Development
and Adolescent Development And The School (Elementary and K-12 counselors only)
Life Span Human Development
Adolescent Development And The School (Secondary and K-12 counselors only)
Life Span Human Development (Elementary, Secondary, and K-12 counselors)
EDUC-C&I 5512Strategies For Effective Classroom Management (Required for those who do not hold a current teaching certificate.) *3
EDUC-C&I 5517Teaching Methods And Practices (Required for those who do not hold a current teaching certificate.) *3