N338 Lindquist Center
Phone: 319-335-5275

The Department of Counselor Education prepares students to facilitate human development across the life span, to advocate for clients and students, and to serve local, national, and international communities through the delivery and creation of state-of-the-art counseling services. The department achieves these goals by advancing knowledge, skills, and attitudes appropriate for effective and ethical professional counseling practice and by conducting and disseminating related research.

We believe in:

  • Respect for individual dignity
  • Human diversity including persons, programs and perspectives
  • Holistic approach to development over the life span
  • Academic programs which embody professional excellence
  • Blended curriculum of theory, reflection, research, and supervised practice
  • Professional ethical practice and personal integrity
  • Communication
  • Cooperative, constructive process within a (multidisciplinary) community of consumers, scholars, and practitioners
  • Systemic inquiry as a basis for teaching and practice

  • Acquire the awareness, knowledge, and skills of a professional counselor and/or counselor educator.
  • Develop a life-long process that continuously self-evaluates ones’ awareness, knowledge, and skills in relation to all aspects of diversity and multicultural counseling and education.
  • Develop the basic counseling skills that will address problems in living from a developmental / life-span approach.
  • Cultivate a commitment to ethical practices and behavior in counseling, counselor education, supervision, and research.
  • Acquire an understanding of the social, vocational, educational, psychological needs of individuals served in schools, vocational, or counseling centers. 

Accreditation Information

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Noel Estrada Hernandez

Noel Estrada-Hernandez

Departmental Executive Officer
N338B Lindquist Center


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Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

Graduate Assistantships at the University of Iowa are designed to provide students with work experience and a means to finance their education while providing the University with the benefit of an innovative work force. Some assistantships are closely related to specific departments or fields, and all require specific skills or aptitudes. In addition to assistantships, students might be eligible to work for individual faculty members as research assistants if funds are available, or as teaching assistants in the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education.

Each year, the Iowa Testing Programs award a limited number of fellowships to students with outstanding academic credentials in the College of Education. Students of color with strong credentials may be eligible for Graduate College Graduate Opportunity Fellowships. Most GOF awards cover tuition costs plus approximately $15,490 for the first year of study. Second-year assistantships are encouraged. Other programs through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation offer valuable assistance from other University of Iowa sources.

An assistantship in any office on campus could provide valuable experience, open new career paths, and help finance your graduate education. In addition to a monthly salary, assistantships frequently provide a fee waiver for the out-of-state portion of tuition. Positions vary from quarter-time (10 hours per week, the minimum necessary for out-of-state tuition waiver) to half-time (20 hours per week) and may span nine or 12 months.

The majority of graduate assistantships at the University of Iowa are in the bargaining unit of the graduate student union. Offices that have recently employed students include (but are not limited to): Student Teaching Office, Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education, Orientation Services, Office of Student Life, Career and Placement Centers, Admissions, Student Health Service, Honors Program, Student Disabilities Office, Cultural Centers.

Some students with an interest in private colleges find part-time employment or practica at one of several colleges within easy driving distance to Iowa City, including Cornell College, Coe College, Mount Mercy College, and Saint Ambrose University.

Financial Assistance

Additional materials regarding other forms of financial assistance are available through the College of Education, Special Support Services, and the Office of Student Financial Aid. Current financial aid information is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid, University of Iowa, 208 Calvin Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1315, 319-335-1450.

Special Support Services

We are particularly interested in encouraging applications from those traditionally underrepresented in the field, particularly persons with disabilities and/or those with minority or ethnic group status. The Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE) offers financial, social, and academic support leading to graduation. Persons from the following U.S. minority groups are eligible to participate in these programs: American Indians or Alaskan Natives, African Americans, Hispanic or Latino/as, and Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders. For further information contact the CDE, 24 Phillips Hall, 319-335-3555.

Individuals with disabilities who are considering application to the program are encouraged to contact Student Disability Services (SDS), 3100 Burge Hall, 319-335-1462, for information related to resources and academic life relevant to students with disabilities. SDS provides a wide array of support services for students with disabilities.