Welcome to the Department of Counselor Education!

CE's Mission Statement

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.

CE’s Core Values

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

CE’s Professional Objectives

  • 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. 

Our CACREP accredited programs are consistently among the top ranked specialty programs in the nation with the Rehabilitation Counseling Program ranked #9, and the Student Counseling and Personnel Services program (School Counseling) ranked #10 in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Students of all programs come from across the nation and the world to study with the highly productive, engaged, and respected scholar-leaders on our faculty. We offer an involved, high quality scholarly environment with many supports for student success in which diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement are actively valued.   

I invite you to explore the information provided on our Department and Program websites regarding program requirements, application, financial aid, contact our Program Coordinators, or contact me as the Departmental Executive Officer (DEO) directly. Investigate how we might assist you in furthering your own goals to make an important contribution to the lives of individuals with disabilities, children, and the counseling profession!

Go Hawks!
Dr. Noel Estrada-Hernández, PhD., CRC
Professor and Department Executive Officer


Department Chair

Contact the Office

N338 Lindquist Center

Phone: 319-335-5275

Fax: 319-335-5291