“The mission of the American Counseling Association is to enhance the quality of life in society by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession, and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity.” –ACA Mission Statement
The philosophical bases from which the instruction, mentorship, and applied learning within the Program in Counselor Education are derived reflects a combination of pragmatism, social constructivism, and phenomenology. The philosophical framework of the program embraces preventive, developmental, and remedial efforts as meaningful responses by counselors to the human conditions of their clients. A variety of applied approaches to the process of change is examined and encouraged within a framework of practical and realistic expectations for the process of change. However, the basic commitment to facilitating optimum development of individuals, families, and communities throughout their life-spans permeates the efforts of students and faculty alike.
- Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Application Deadline for Fall 2016: March 1st 2016, see Calendar)
- Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling (Application deadline: October 15th for Spring admission; March 15th for Summer/Fall admission; May 15th for Fall admission, See Calendar)
- Master of Arts in School Counseling (Application Deadline for Fall 2016: March 1st 2016, see Calendar)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education (Application Deadline for Fall 2016: March 1st 2016, see Calendar)
For details, see Student Handbook
We are pleased that you are interested in the Program in Counselor Education at The University of Alabama. The following information, offered by Dr. Joy Burnham, speaks about the history and opportunities in Counselor Education. Please click here.
Accreditation is important for you despite the fact that it may appear relatively unimportant at the earliest phase of your preparation. Accreditation means that the accredited programs are recognized nationally as having met standards of the counseling profession. All the programs in the Program in Counselor Education are accredited. Specifically, the master’s degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling as well as the doctoral degree in Counselor Education are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling is accredited by the Commission on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). All graduate degrees affiliated with training in School Counseling are certified by the State Department of Education (SDE) for the State of Alabama. The School Counseling program is also accredited by the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In addition, our counselor education program is a recognized member of International Registry of Counselor Education Programs through promoting the ongoing development and recognition of the counseling profession worldwide.
Upcoming Prospective Student Information Sessions (318 Graves, 4:30-5:30pm)
- August 31st
- October 26th
- November 30th
For more information about these programs, please contact Dr. Joy Burnham (email@example.com).