Counseling & School Psychology Program Information and Admission Requirements
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The department offers two levels of degrees:
- Master of Science in Education Degree
- School Counseling-Elementary
- School Counseling-Secondary
- School Counseling-Student Affairs
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Education Specialist Degree
- School Psychology
The school psychology program is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as of January 1, 1994
and the International School Psychology Association (ISPA) as of May 12, 2011.
The school psychology and school counseling programs are accredited by Nebraska State Department of Education and the National
Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The clinical mental health counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related
Educational Programs (CACREP) as of April 1, 2000 and CACREP's international affiliate, the International Registry of Counselor
Education Programs (IRCEP) as of February 11, 2011. This program also meets the academic requirements for the Mental Health
Practitioner License (LMHP) regulated by the State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
All students are assigned an academic advisor within the department upon admission.
Admission to Pursue a Degree
Those planning to be full-time students in the School Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School
Counseling, or Student Affairs programs should obtain full admission to their chosen program of study the semester prior to their
enrollment by completing the following steps:
- Complete the UNK Department of Graduate Studies online application. All materials listed below are
uploaded with the online application:
- $45 non-refundable application fee
- Academic history-official transcripts of all previous academic work
- Vita with requested information
- "Motivation for becoming a counselor, school psychologist or student affairs professional" essay
- Responses to three diversity vignettes
- Three Electronic References (Forms are automatically sent to recommenders when application is submitted.)
- When all materials have been received, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research will conduct an initial evaluation.
Applicants meeting admission requirements for graduate study will be forwarded to the Department for consideration and
- Applicants must participate in the CSP Department admission interview/intake process which occurs each semester. When the
application is complete, the CSP Department secretary will send the applicant a confirmation of this meeting via electronic mail
to the preferred email address indicated on the application.
- Department recommendations for admissions are submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
- Admission decisions are mailed from the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies (i.e. an unconditional/full status,
conditional/provisional status, or denial).
Application for Candidacy
Application for admission to candidacy must be made prior to completion of the
twenty-fourth (24th) hour (M.S.) or thirty-fourth (34th) hour (Ed.S.) of graduate study. The department will recommend candidacy
based on the evaluation of:
- Satisfactory completion of admission to graduate school study, to the department, and the department
approval of Program of Study.
- Satisfactory academic performance.
- Professional development of the student and fitness for the profession.
- Adherence to Ethical Standards.
All students seeking degrees and/or endorsements are required to complete comprehensive examinations. The
examinations may be written, oral or both. Additionally, in order to successfully complete a degree program, students must meet the
expectations outlined in department academic progress and ethical conduct policies (see respective Program Handbook for more