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Department of Counseling and Graduate Education

Step forward—for yourself and others.

The Department of Counseling and Graduate Education is built on the idea that everyone benefits when counselors, educators, and leaders work to serve their communities in the most positive ways they can. With a counseling or graduate education master’s degree, you’ll have the tools to ignite change and improve lives in schools, counseling centers, community programs, and more. When you take a step to advance your education, you take a step to help others.

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Accreditation and Recognition

High-quality programs for high-quality graduates.

You want an education rooted in continuous improvement at a university that strives to produce successful graduates. Our accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs means we demonstrate that excellence through course content, immersive experiences, program impact, and more.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, has granted accreditation to our two counseling specialty areas housed in the School of Education.

CACREP Vital Statistics Survey: 2022-23 Academic Year

This summary is based upon CACREP standards and a data-driven program evaluation system.

Clinical and Mental Health Counseling     

  • Number of semester hours: 60
  • Number of current students: 46
  • Number of graduates in past year: 17    
  • Completion rate: 95%
  • Licensure or Certification Pass Rate: Data restricted by state; alumni self-report: 100%
  • Job Placement Rate of Graduates: 100%

School of Counseling

  • Number of semester hours: 60
  • Number of current students: 36
  • Number of graduates in past year: 15    
  • Completion rate: 100%
  • Licensure or Certification Pass Rate: 100%
  • Job Placement Rate of Graduates: 93%

Completer Feedback: 2022/23 First Destination Survey
Agreed or Stongly Agreed (N=10)         

  • I am satisfied with my time at Purdue University Fort Wayne: 100%
  • I would choose Purdue University Fort Wayne again: 100%

General Information

  • Total Students in 2022/2023: 82
  • Total Applications in 2022/2023: 61
  • Total Courses Led by Core Faculty: 85%

Program Effectiveness

  • 100% of 3rd year CMHC and SC students successfully completed internship experiences, meeting expectations for clinical proficiencies measured by site/university supervisors.
  • 96% of 2nd year CMHC and SC students successfully completed practicum experiences, meeting expectations for clinical proficiencies measured by practicum supervisors.
  • 100% of 2nd year CMHC and SC students successfully completed a program-developed six-hour suicide assessment and intervention training.

Community Counseling Center

The Community Counseling Center provided over 2000 hours of free mental health counseling services to over 100 clients from underserved populations in NE Indiana between August 2022 and August 2023.

Program Changes

  • Faculty launched an official dual-licensure option for School Counseling students.
  • Student Affairs (48-credit) non-licensure concentration officially approved.

Future Actions

  • College Counseling and Student Affairs (60-credit) licensure-focused concentration in university approval process.
  • The counselor education faculty is seeking internal and external grant funds for the ICR, to support community-based research efforts in the Fort Wayne area. 
  • Our program is conducting a national search for a new, tenure-track SC faculty member.   

For further information or questions, please contact Dr. Brett Wilkinson at [email protected].

Nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.

The elementary education program is nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the Association for Childhood Education International.

This secondary education program is nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the Association of Middle Level Education.

This program is nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Contact us

Have questions?

 

Contact the Department of Counseling and Graduate Education at [email protected].