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Professional Counseling Degree and Program

The Professional Counseling Program through the JRCoE

The Professional Counseling Program consists of 45-60 semester hours leading to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree. The Clinical Professional Counseling Program offers (1) a 60-hour track that meets the state of Oklahoma Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) requirements, (2) a 45-hour Drug and Alcohol counseling track (3) and a 45-hour School Counseling track. The Drug and Alcohol Counseling concentration includes five specialized courses that have been approved by the Oklahoma Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The School Counseling track offers core classes in Counseling along with classes in Special Education.   

LPC application materials, other forms, and rules and regulations governing licensure are available on the Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure website at: Students who wish to pursue credentials in other states must contact the appropriate authority in those states in order to determine those requirements.

Program Description

Our primary training goals are to facilitate student integration of counseling theory, research, and practice; to cultivate an understanding of the mutual influences of practice and science; to emphasize a wellness and humanistic approach, and to foster the development and application of holistic counseling skills. A foundational value of the program is to foster understanding, critical thinking, and ethical decision-making.

We seek to integrate diverse multicultural perspectives into our students’ professional training and development. This emphasis is infused into the curriculum in various ways such as didactic instruction, guided exploration, and engagement in experiential projects and outreach. This work is reciprocally informed by theory and science to enhance service delivery to diverse populations.

Given the developmental nature of training in counseling, our training model is sequentially structured, providing for cumulative growth across the sequence, while recognizing the critical importance of ongoing integration of content knowledge, research, and counseling practice. As a program, we strive to prepare students to build successful professional careers while fostering an appreciation for the ongoing need to remain abreast of developing knowledge in the field.


All faculty (full-time and part-time) in the Professional Counseling program have earned doctorates in counselor education and supervision or counseling psychology from CACREP or APA accredited programs, and relevant credentials in counseling. Faculty have advanced clinical experiences in counseling and counselor supervision, and engage in ongoing research, writing, publication, and presentation in the counseling profession. All faculty hold membership in national, regional, and state counseling organizations.  


The Professional Counseling program faculty and the program’s Professional Counselor Training Lab are located in the Department of Educational Psychology. These can be found on the third floor of Ellsworth Collings Hall, which houses the College of Education.

Are you inspired to become a Professional Counselor?

If you would like to pursue your graduate studies in Professional Counseling, please apply to the Professional Counseling Program approved by The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

The video below features students the Professional Counseling program and depicts their answer to the question "Describe what motivates you to pursue a career in Professional Counseling in Just Three Words." The video was created by Dr. McWhirter and students in her Career Counseling course.