Counselor Education Program Mission Statement

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Mission Statement

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. The program also offers a doctoral degree in Counselor Education. The primary mission of the program 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 mission the program focuses on the development of competencies necessary to address developmental, emotional, psychological, social and environmental barriers to educational achievement and personal development. Students are provided the opportunity to engage in rigorous and challenging educational experiences focused on enhancing their skills and knowledge. Integrated into these experiences is an emphasis on ethical and legal principles, as well as the enhancement of technological competence. Further, the department seeks to foster a culture in which individual creativity, professional identity, and scholarship are reinforced and nurtured.

A central foundation of the Counselor Education mission is the preparation of counselors and counselor educators to work in an increasingly diverse society. This mission parallels the diversity and inclusion mission of Auburn University. To meet this goal the program focuses on the development of the skills and knowledge needed to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and abilities. The program believes that meeting this goal requires students and faculty engage in the application of advocacy and social justice principles as counseling professionals within the program, University, communities and schools.

To achieve these goals the Counselor Education programs at Auburn University engage in systematic program and student evaluation including assessment of student learning indicators, student professional and personal development, clinical counseling competency, and program goals related to the integration of advocacy, social justice, cultural competence and ethical practice. This assessment process includes summative and formative assessment and as well as the engagement of program faculty, students, alumni, advisory committee members, site supervisors, and employers of AU alumni.

Program Mission Goal

Develop counseling professionals who possess the skills and knowledge necessary to be highly competent and committed professional in their specialty area.

Program Objectives
  • Develop knowledge and skills necessary for competent professional practice
  • Enhance professional identification and engagement in professional development
  • Develop competent professionals with the skills, knowledge, and awareness to work within a diverse society, including engagement in social justice and advocacy
  • Maintain and support high quality programs in Counselor Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Counseling