Empowering students. Empowering clients. Empowering communities.

What We Do

Welcome to the Department of Counselor Education in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Montana!

We strive to provide an academically stimulating learning environment which engenders healthy intellectual and emotional development. We prepare students to function as competent, ethical, and professional counselors who work sensitively with a diverse array of needs and people, in a wide range of school and mental health settings. Our department recognizes the need for professional advocacy and the importance of social justice. We also support the integration of ideas, cooperative endeavors, and respect for diversity.

Our department educates students for employment in school (K-12 and higher education) and mental health and human service settings. Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

Counselors receive training in the eight core areas identified by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs:

  • Human growth and development
  • Social and cultural foundations
  • The helping relationship
  • Group theories and methods
  • Career and lifestyle development
  • Client assessment and evaluation
  • Research and program evaluation
  • Professional orientation

Students focus on School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or Global Youth Development at the master’s level. At the doctoral level we focus on the development of clinical depth, supervisory, teaching, research, and leadership skills. Our Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling prepares graduates to work as counselor educators, supervisors, researchers, and practitioners in academic and clinical settings.

International Work

The Department of Counselor Education is actively working to bring the knowledge and expertise of its students and faculty to communities around the world. Learn more about our recent efforts, below!


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Masters in School Counseling and Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs in the Department of Counselor Education at UM.

Program Review 2012