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About the Department of Counselor Education

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About the Department of Counselor Education

The Department of Counselor Education (CE) at Emporia State University is committed to excellence in the preparation and continuing development of professionals in the counseling field. The CE faculty provide undergraduate students with basic skills needed for employment in entry level human services, and graduate students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions critical for effective counseling, advocacy, and leadership in diverse settings. Counselor preparation options include specialized knowledge and skills required for placement in Art Therapy, Addiction, Mental Health, Rehabilitation, and School Counseling settings.

Consistent with this mission are the goals of graduating students who have:

  • knowledge of basic counseling theory and practice;
  • competencies in essential counseling services;
  • skills necessary to evaluate relevant research;
  • personal commitment to evaluating their counseling interventions; and
  • ongoing effort to evolve through professional development activities.

For information regarding our programs, please contact Carleen Dvorak, Senior Administrative Assistant at cdvorak@emporia.edu, 620-341-5220.


Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs:
With standards established by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE), and American Art Therapy Association (AATA), our Art Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation:
As a CAEP accredited institution, ESU's education programs - including those within the Counselor Education department - are dedicated to advancing equity and excellence through evidence-based accreditation assuring quality and supporting continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs:
CACREP accreditation provides assurance to you that the content and quality of our program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. This approval shows our program provides the appropriate knowledge and skill areas and that the program is stable, professionally and financially.

Approved by the Kansas Department of Education:
As an institution providing KSDE-approved preparation programs, graduates of our programs are able to transition into their careers with the proper credentials.


Mailing Address:

Department of Counselor Education
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4031
Emporia, KS 66801

Physical Address:

Department of Counselor Education
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 3rd Floor
Main Office, Rm 241