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Counselor Education

“Preparing tomorrow’s exemplary counseling professionals”


Ranked among the top 10 programs nationally since 1998 when the U.S. News & World Report began ranking counseling and counseling psychology programs housed in colleges of education.

Always housed in the College of Education, the Counselor Education program granted our first Ph.D. in 1956. Prior to the late 1970s, the Counselor Education department housed Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Special Education. Currently, Counselor Education is embedded in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education (HDOSE) along with Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel in Higher Education, and Research and Evaluation Methods.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Counselor Education is to prepare exemplary counselor educators, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, school counselors, and program administrators who generate, use, and disseminate knowledge about human development and human relating to enrich the quality of life for all people, and who collaborate with others to solve critical personal, family, educational, social, and vocational problems in a diverse global community. Students and faculty of the Department are expected to behave in accord with the highest ethical and professional standards while engaged in accomplishing this mission.

Program Goals and Objectives



Student Organizations

Building on a Legacy of Leadership and Service

Department faculty and alumni have forged a legacy of leadership and service to the counseling profession. They have been involved integrally in the development of accreditation standards for counselor training, licensure in Florida for mental health and marriage and family therapists, Chi Sigma Iota, and shaping of the modern school counseling movement. Many well known counselor educators have graduated from the University of Florida’s counseling program. Several of our alumni have greatly influenced the profession. Some of these leaders have included: Theodore Remley (former Executive Director of the American Counseling Association), Jane Myers (former president of the American Counseling Association), and Carol Bobby (CEO of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs).Currently, our faculty are conducting scholarship and service activities that help globalize counseling, improve family-school relationships, and address mental health needs of individuals, couples, families, and communities. What role will you play in building our legacy of leadership and service?

Counselor Education Student Handbook (Revised September 2014)

CACREP 2015-2016 Outcomes Report

Giving to Counselor Education


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