Counselor Education Program Mission Statement

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The Counselor Education (CED) programs at Auburn University offer high quality graduate education programs for counselors and counselor educators. The program includes Master’s level counseling degrees in Clinical Mental Health CounselingClinical Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Counseling, and a doctoral degree in Counselor Education. The primary mission of the CED programs is to develop counseling professionals who possess the skills and knowledge necessary to be highly competent and committed professionals in their specialty area.

To accomplish this, the programs focus on the development of competencies to address biopsychosocial and environmental barriers to educational achievement and development. Students also engage in challenging educational experiences focused on enhancing their skills and knowledge with an emphasis on culturally-informed and holistic practice. Further, the department seeks to foster an egalitarian culture in which individual creativity, ethical behavior, professional identity, and scholarship are reinforced and nurtured across all programs.

A central foundation of the Counselor Education mission is the preparation of counselors and counselor educators to work in an increasingly diverse society. The program’s understanding of diversity encompasses culture, sexual and gender identity, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, and other aspects of individual identity.  The program believes that meeting this goal requires that students and faculty engage in the application of advocacy and social justice principles.