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Counselor Education & Human Services

Developing practitioners committed to promoting individual and community growth

As a student in the UD Department of Counselor Education & Human Services, you'll prepare for a career where you can impact the lives of individuals and support your community as a whole. You'll learn not only from your professors, but also from your classmates to become an outstanding professional in your chosen field.

No matter which of our graduate-level programs you choose, you'll benefit from personalized instruction and individual attention. Students also gain valuable experience through research, internships and community programs.

Programs are offered in Dayton, at our DeSales campus in the Columbus Metro area, and online: 


  • Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - for graduates of UD's School Counseling Program (Dayton and DeSales) or professionals who already have work experience as a school counselor.
  • Certificate in School Counseling - for graduates of UD's Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (Dayton and DeSales) or professionals who already have an active LPC license in Ohio.
  • Certificate in Pastoral Counseling - available for those seeking or with an earned MA in Theological Studies or MA in Pastoral Ministry who complete an additional thirteen semester credit hours through Counselor Education and Human Services. 
  • Ecotherapy Certificate - part of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

A High-Quality Education

Two Campuses Available Alignment With UD Values Career Options

Take Courses in Dayton or the Columbus Metro Area

Students in three programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Human Services and School Counseling have the flexibility of attending classes UD's main campus in Dayton, Ohio, or at the Saint Francis DeSales High School Campus, located in the Columbus metropolitan area.

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UD and the Department of Counselor Education and Human Services affirm that diversity, equity, and inclusion are inextricably linked with excellence, these core values align with our mission of building community in the world and working for justice for all people. As a Catholic and Marianist institution, UD embraces diversity and is committed to honoring the intrinsic value and dignity of all people, no matter their race, religion, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, (dis)ability, ideology, and other expressions of human difference. UD and the Department of Counselor Education and Human Services commit to eliminating discriminatory or hateful words and actions, pursuing equity, and becoming known as a fully inclusive and welcoming environment for learning, discovery, and community engagement.

Explore UD's Steps Toward Becoming an Anti-Racist University

Graduates can work in a variety of settings, depending on their area of interest, including community agencies, hospitals and clinics, private practices, PK-12 school systems, or higher education and other adult learning-focused organizations. They can serve their communities by advocating for children (both in and out of the school environment), providing effective strategies to individuals with behavioral problems and their families, or providing counseling and psychotherapy to individuals who are struggling with mental and emotional disorders, substance abuse, family and relationship difficulties, and career development needs.

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Featured Programs and Initiatives

Opportunity for a Interprofessional Training

The Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program is a grant-funded initiative that offers interprofessional training opportunities and stipends for clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, and school psychology students. The program is an extension of practicum and internship and includes a $10,000 stipend for selected students.  Participants work with regional partners, including hospitals, schools, community mental health agencies, police divisions, juvenile courts, faith-based organizations, and public service agencies to address systemic issues in our region through research and service learning.

Private University Education at the Cost of a Public University

Programs offered by the UD Department of Counselor Education and Human Services, within the UD School of Education and Health Sciences, offers a private university education at the cost of a public university. Discover tuition costs per semester for SEHS by clicking the link below.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available with various departments within the UD School of Education and Health Sciences, along with the UD Division of Student Development. Depending on your area of study, you may also be placed in an off-campus assistantship. GAs are typically employed to work between 10 to for 20 hours per week. Tuition remission and a paid stipend are awarded for the nine-month academic year.

Student Research

Students work alongside faculty to conduct and publish research in respected journals. Students also participate in UD's annual Stander Symposium, a campus-wide event that allows students from all disciplines to showcase their intellectual accomplishments.

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Experiential Learning

Real-World Experience

Course content is accompanied by appropriate field experiences for students. Internships and practicum experiences are among the opportunities available for students to apply their learning throughout the program in a work setting. Each experience is coordinated with guidance from a faculty advisor and practice supervisor.

Equality Statement

The University of Dayton Department of Counselor Education & Human Services is committed to providing equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, physical disability or mental disability (unless the disability is essential to the practice of counseling), or identification as a disabled veteran.


Department of Counselor Education and Human Services

Fitz Hall, Room 629
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962

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