Ranked one of the top ten programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (2019).
The UCF Counselor Education Program is designed to educate and prepare competent professional counselors and counselor educators from diverse backgrounds to advance the profession through practice, scholarship, research, leadership, advocacy, and service. The Program uses a reflective-practitioner model that integrates the use of intensive clinical experiences, research, intellectual and creative resources, and current technology to work within a diverse global society. The Program further emphasizes a holistic approach to counseling whereby individuals, couples, and families are encouraged to achieve optimal personal, educational, and relational development.
The Counselor Education program is accredited with the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
Careers Related to Counselor Education
Clinical Mental Health Counselors
Mental Health Counselors are highly prepared professionals who help their clients manage and overcome a variety of mental and emotional problems and disorders. They work in community mental health settings, institutions, hospitals, schools, and private practices. Click here to learn more about the profession, job outlook, and median salary.
Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapists
Marriage and Family Therapists are highly prepared professionals who practice psychotherapy within the context of marriage, couples, and family systems. They work in a variety of settings, such as individual and family services, state and local government, outpatient care centers, and private practice. Click here to learn more about the profession, job outlook, and median salary.
School Counselors are highly prepared educators who help students with academic achievement, personal and social development, and career and college planning. They work with pre-K-12 students in public and private schools. Click here to learn more about the profession, job outlook, and median salary.
Counselor Educators are highly prepared professionals who work with graduate students (master’s and/or doctoral) at the university level and/or as supervisors in schools or agencies. Counselor Educators may also conduct research, secure external funding, and publish and present their scholarly work. Finally, some Counselor Educators provide clinical and/or consultative services. Click here to learn more about the profession, job outlook, and median salary.
Graduate Faculty Scholars and Adjuncts
Shainna Ali, Ph.D.
Bill Blank, Ph.D.
Ed Brand, Ph.D.
Sheri Dressler, Ph.D.
Vincent Giegel, Ph.D.
Susan Hambleton, Ph.D.
Shea Hughes-Brand, Ph.D.
Matthew Munyon, Ph.D., N.C.C.
Tiffany Schiffner, Ph.D.
Nicola Williams, Ph.D.