Use your skills, interests, and compassion to become a qualified and caring counselor

Our counseling program focuses on giving full attention to the mind, body, and spirit to help individuals navigate through life and reach their full potential. Choose to earn a master’s degree in school counseling to work with K-12 students. Or earn your graduate degree in professional counseling with the option to add on eligibility for a substance abuse credential. And for both tracks there is an opportunity to earn a Christian Counseling certificate with additional courses. You will graduate ready to start a rewarding and engaging career helping others live their best lives.

Credits45-60
Cost Per Credit$669
Professional

Counseling Track

School

Counseling Track

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Program Overview

This program focuses on developing the strategies and foundational skills you will need to effectively listen, support, and help a diverse range of individuals. We teach you to provide care to the mind, body, and spirit of the people you treat as a professional counselor or as a school counselor. Each counseling track has specific curriculum that establishes your expertise and empowers you to succesfully provide life-long service.

This is primarily an online program that is centered on 8-week sessions throughout the academic year. You can start at the beginning of any 8-week session as you work to earn your graduate degree in counseling.

There are (2) required in-person courses that will help enhance your counseling abilities and provide face-to-face time to learn from faculty and your peers. Skills and strategies for individual and group counseling are taught by practicing counselors or individuals that were counselors before entering academia. 

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What to Expect

Licensure to practice for school counseling and professional counseling track are only for the state of Wisconsin. Students who desire licensure in another state must contact their respective state for details about whether or not this coursework will meet state requirements. Students from outside of Wisconsin may earn a Master’s degree without teacher licensing for the school counselor track. 

Concordia University's Counseling Program prepares graduates to be ethical servant leaders who value the diversity of God's children and embrace social justice with compassion. Graduates help others to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives in mind, body, and spirit.

Learning outcomes for school and professional counseling tracks:

  1. Integrate evidence-based counseling theories, techniques, and interventions into practice.
  2. Adhere to professional and ethical standards
  3. Actively engage in self-reflection and lifelong learning
  4. Serve clients according to their unique diverse needs
  5. Help clients to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives in mind, body, and spirit
Concentrations / Specializations
Enroll in one of two tracks:

1. Professional Counseling LPC-IT
2. School Counseling WI DPI #7054


This program offers two opportunities to expand your counseling expertise and earn additional credentials.

  • Substance Abuse Counseling - Graduates who have completed specific coursework are eligible for the SAC-IT (Substance Abuse Counselor – In Training) credential through WI DSPS. This is only for students in the professional counseling track.
  • A Christian Counseling certificate is available for students in the school or professional counseling track. This can also be taken as a stand-alone certificate by students from other programs at Concordia.

View the "Tracks" tab on this website for more information about each of the counseling tracks.

Licensure / Certifications
The professional counseling program track is an approved program by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and leads to a LPC-IT endorsement. The school counseling program track is an approved program by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for endorsement of a #7054 School Counseling license.

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