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Counselor Education

Department of Counselor Education

Welcome to the Department of Counselor Education. As part of The Teachers College, we share a vision to provide quality instruction, related scholarship and service in a student-centered environment. We strive to encourage academic excellence within all departmental programs.

The Department of Counselor Education offers one undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies and three graduate degrees in Art Therapy Counseling, School Counseling, and Clinical Counseling. Within the Clinical Counseling program, three areas of professional concentration are available: Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. A brief description of each degree program is provided below.

All qualified applicants to Counselor Education receive equal consideration for admission, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, gender, familial or parental status, marital status, sexual orientation or identity, religious or non-religious beliefs, age, disability, military or veteran status, or socioeconomic status. ESU provides accommodations to applicants with disabilities, as requested from the Student Accessibility & Support Services (SASS). People of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Undergraduate Major + Minor

You can either get a degree in Rehabilitation & Disability Studies, or a minor in it. Rehabilitation & Disability Studies prepares you to become a disability, addiction, and human services specialist. Graduates of the addiction counseling concentration are eligible to apply for the Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) credential in Kansas.

Graduate Degrees

Whether its our graduate programs in Art Therapy, Clinical or School Counseling, or our dual degree programs, our faculty have decades of experience in the field to prepare you to work with the people you want to help.

About the Department of Counselor Education

With academic programs aimed to help you reach your career goals, find out about our department.

Department of Counselor Education Annual Report

The 2020-21 Annual Report from the ESU Department of Counselor Education.pdf summarizes annual program evaluation activities, modifications, and changes for the Clinical Counseling and School Counseling programs of Emporia State University.

Faculty & Staff

Many of the faculty members are nationally recognized in their fields.

Conferences & Events

We offer professional learning opportunities for people in our communities.


We have several scholarships for students seeking degrees from the Department of Counselor Education. These scholarships vary in requirements and amounts.

Community Counseling Services

Community Counseling Services (CCS) provides affordable counseling for treatment groups in a professional, quiet, and confidential setting for residents of Emporia and surrounding communities.

School Counselor Center

The School Counselor Center assists school counselors with various needs, from consulting on any subject related to school counseling, to providing crises consulting on-site or via technology services. A major component of the center is a library of current materials to have readily available to school counselors.

Physical Address

Department of Counselor Education
(off of the ESU main campus)
1601 State St., Emporia
The Earl Center, Upper Level

Mailing Address

Department of Counselor Education
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801