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About the Department

Purpose + Place

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, 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.

Our People

Want more information about a program or need to contact a specific member of our department? Contact us.


The upper level of The Earl Center houses the Department of Counselor Education and Community Counseling Services. It is located at 1601 State Street, across from Hammond Park. The lower level of the Earl Center is occupied by the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence.

Parking for students and clients is free along the north end of the lot facing the apartment buildings. If the free spaces are full, you may then park in the blue spaces at no charge.

Mailing Address:

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

Physical Address:

Department of Counselor Education
(not on the ESU main campus)
Earl Center
1601 State Street
Emporia, KS