Department Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs is to train graduate students to provide competent and ethical service as counseling and student affairs professionals within a diverse society. Students are expected to acquire a comprehensive academic knowledge base, develop effective counseling skills, and to demonstrate the personal and professional growth that will enable them to be highly skilled practitioners and leaders.
Four mission statements provide structure and purpose to the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs. First, the Mission Statement of the College of Education provides the educational framework for the master's degrees. Second, the Mission Statement of the American Counseling Association (ACA) defines Professional Counseling and identifies the role of the Professional Counselor in various settings. Third, the Mission Statement of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) specifies the art and science of educating Professional Counselors. Fourth, the Mission Statement of the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education provides standards and guidelines for the professional education of student affairs practitioners. From these documents, the department faculty members have identified three overall goals for students in the department's programs. These are described in the paragraph below. Upon completion of a degree program in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs, the student will have developed:
- A knowledge base, grounded in scientifically-derived theory and practice, specific to the degree program chosen
- A repertoire of skills, grounded in scientifically-derived, theory and practice, specific to the degree program chosen
- A sense of self and professional identity as a counseling or student affairs professional
While each course and degree track identifies learning outcomes specific to the content or discipline, department faculty members design their courses to enable students to progress towards these overall goals. This triadic approach to learning provides not only a model for students to follow during their degree programs but also a framework for continuing education after graduation.