OSU Counselor Education Program Website

2018 Incoming Class


See the story about the #1 Ranking here!

All three programs have 8 year CACREP Accreditation (2016-2024)
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
M.A. in School Counseling
Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision

For academic information according to the OSU Graduate Catalog,
please visit the OSU Academic Website for the program


The application deadline for Autumn 2020 is December 1, 2019.

To learn more about our program, we encourage you to watch this 12 minute video:

The Counselor Education program will host a series of informational meetings for individuals interested in the Counselor Education Program.  At these sessions, you can meet program faculty and students, tour our facilities, and learn about our program and our profession. All sessions will be held in the PAES Building (305 Annie & John Glenn Avenue), on the 4th floor. You do not need to make a reservation to attend these events.

Open House/Information Sessions for individuals interested in the OSU Counselor Education Program:

Upcoming Information Sessions
PAES Building, 305 Annie & John Glenn Avenue, Columbus OH 43210

  •  Thursday, April 18, 2-4 pm Room 476 of PAES Building
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2-4 Room 412 of PAES Building
  • Monday, July 22, 2-4 Room 412 of PAES Building

If you are unable to attend one of these in-person information sessions, you can watch this presentation online, which is the PowerPoint presentation from the information session:

For Specific Program Requirements:
Please see the OSU Counselor Education Academic Page for program requirements. Look under “Master of Arts in Counselor Education” or “PhD in Educational Studies: Counselor Education”.


  • U.S. News & World Report Ranking
    • Number 1 in the nation (2020)
  • CACREP Accreditation
    • 8 year accreditation (highest allowable amount) for all three programs
    • 2016-2024
  • Licensure Pass Rate
    The OSU Counselor Education Program once again has the highest possible passing rate on the Professional Counselor Licensure Exams.

    • LPC Exam:
      • The national pass rate for the National Counseling Exam or NCE – (for licensure as an LPC, or Licensed Professional Counselor) is 78%
      • The Ohio State University pass rate (on the first try!) for the National Counseling Exam is 100%
    • School Counseling Exam
      • The Ohio State University pass rate for the School Counseling Exam is 100%


Focus on Student & Faculty Strengths

Each week in the 2018-2019 academic year, the OSU Counselor Education Program will again highlight a personal strength (based on the VIA strength finder, available at: viacharacter.org). Students & faculty with each of these strengths will be celebrated each week. Congratulations to all of our students & faculty who use their strengths to be outstanding counselors, educators, and advocates.


Orientation: August 20, 2018

Counselor Education Picnic: September 16, 2018

Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention: October 7, 2018

All Program Field Trip to the Athens Asylum (historical tour of 150 anniversary): October 9, 2018

Human Library: October 27, 2018

All Ohio Counselors Conference: November 7-9, 2018

OSU Reception: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Distinguished Alumni Award – Presented to Jason Durell, M.A. ’08

Jason Durell (M.A. ’08) is the 2018 recipient of the Susan Sears Distinguished Alumni Award. Pictured here with OSU Faculty at the Awards Reception

Deadline for Applications (Autumn, 2020): December 1, 2019

Admissions Interview Day for PhD Program (by invitation only):  admissions are now closed

Admissions Interview Day for M.A. Program (by invitation only): admissions are now closed

M.A. Comprehensive Exams: March 8, 2019

Specialized Training through the SMART Lab: April 12, 2019

Year-End Banquet: May 4, 2019


Congratulations to doctoral student Rosie Bauder, a presenter, with other colleagues, at the American Association of Suicidology Conference in Denver in April on the topic: “Different lens, same goal; Suicide prevention in practice, research and lived experience.”

Congratulations to doctoral students Gayle Garcia, Shelby Coen, & Damon Drew, presenters, with Dr. Dollarhide on “Developing Social Justice Competencies: Pedagogy and Research in Counselor Education” at the American Counseling Association Conference in New Orleans in March.

Congratulations to doctoral student Shelby Coen, presenter, with Dr. Darcy Haag Granello, on “Does Language Matter? Veterans’ Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Help” at the American Counseling Association Conference in New Orleans in March.

Congratulations to Dr. Brett Zyromski, and all of the volunteers at the 2019 Evidence Based School Counseling Conference for an amazing and successful conference! Well done, everyone!

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Granello and Damon Drew (PhD student) who were quoted in the Columbus Dispatch on March 18 in an article about the SMART Lab. Click here to go to a copy of the article.

Congratulations to doctoral students Emily Baker, Sarah Clapp, & Shelby Coen, presenters at the American College Counseling Association Conference in San Diego, CA in February, on the topic “Serving Veterans on Campus and Their Intersectional Identities.”

Congratulations to doctoral student Shelby Coen, presenter with OSU Suicide Prevention Program Assistant Director Laura Lewis (M.A. 10), and Mike Carrell, OSU Assistant Vice President & Director for Military & Veterans Services, on the topic “Stronger Together: Office Collaboration to Promote Suicide Prevention for Military Affiliated Students” at the NASPA Symposium on Military-Connected Students in Las Vegas in February.

With gratitude to all of the current M.A. & PHD students who participated in the 2019 M.A. admissions day. We could NOT have done this without you. you all help our applicants feel supported, and you show them what the program is all about. EVERY applicant commented on how amazing you all are and what great ambassadors you are for the program – and the profession. THANK YOU to PhD volunteers: Krishna Arjune, Meghan Breedlove, Damon Drew, Emily Herman, & Tyler Hudson.
THANK YOU to M.A. Volunteers: Kelly Adkins, Libby Bauman, Grace Bergmann, Shelby Bitter, Thomas Boggs, Kayleena Brashear, Megan Brickman, Alec Carey, Mary Kate Dressel, Logan Fang, Kelsey George, Madison Getz, Josh Goldstein, Stephanie Grissett, Shelby Hursh, Jenny Huynh, Bushra Ismail, Lindsey Johnston, Lydia Jones, Peri Kahraman, Samantha Kigar, Andrew Kirsop, Erin Kitchen, Louie Krolak, Sarah Lanning, Megan Lesheski, Kate Levine, Edward Luersman, Ryan Max, Hannah McClellan, Alexis McDonagh, Dexter McNabb, Victoria Morin, Kaelan Mortensen, Alicia Nunez, Emily Panzero, Shana Parker, Jenna Robinson. Carley Roe, Megan Ruiz. Katie Strimbu, Amy Young

Dr. Z and his parents, Deanne & Ed Zyromski

Congratulations to Dr. Brett Zyromski, who received the Herman Peters Award at the All Ohio Counselors Conference. This award is presented to “one who promotes innovative ideas and theories in the counseling field and has a significant impact on future trends.” Dr. Zyromski is pictured here with his parents, who were able to attend the awards ceremony.




Congratulations to Drs. Brett Zyromski & Colette Dollarhide, alumni, Dr. JP Oehrtman (Ph.D, ’18) & Halley Clarke (M.A. ’17), and doctoral student Sarah Geiger on the publication of a manuscript about complex trauma in the Journal of Humanistic Counseling.
Click here for a link to the article.

Once again, OSU Students, Alumni, and Faculty are well represented as presenters at the All Ohio Counselors Conference! Click here for a full listing of OSU presenters at the conference.

Congratulations to Dr. Darcy Haag Granello who was interviewed and featured in the October 2018 issue of Counseling Today, the magazine of the American Counseling Association. The cover story is an article about working with clients who are suicidal, and is on pages 18-25 of the issue, with the interview on pages 24-25. Direct link to the story.

Congratulations to Dr. Colette Dollarhide, on the publication of her new book, Theories of School Counseling for the 21st Century, with Oxford University Press.

Congratulations to Dr. Colette Dollarhide, who was promoted to FULL PROFESSOR!

Doctoral Student Damon Drew was quoted in the New York Times on August 2, 2018. Damon spoke about the SMART Lab, created by Dr. Paul Granello, as a method to help today’s college student’s cope with the stress they are facing in college. Scroll to the middle of the story, under the inset “from Nature to Instagram” – under ‘mental wellness’ – here’s the link!

Counselor Education Faculty, staff, and alumni participated in the Ohio Opioid conference. Congratulations to volunteers Dr. Colette Dollarhide, Dr. Brett Zyromski, Emily Herman (PhD student), Louie Krolak (MA student), Madi Sayre (alumni) Kelsey George (alumni) and Nora O’Donnell (alumni). Here is a link to the article.


Orientation – August 20, 2018









Counselor Education Picnic 2018


Click here for more pictures of the picnic!






Counselor Education Team in the Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention 2018


Click here for more pictures of the walk!









Program-Wide Field Trip to the Athens, Ohio Historical Asylum

Click here for more pictures from the trip




The OSU Counselor Education Listservs

COUNSED – listserv for ALL M.A. & PhD students & faculty in OSU Counselor Education
COUNSDOCS – listserv for PhD students & faculty in OSU Counselor Education
COUNSALUMS – listserv for alumni & faculty in OSU Counselor Education
COUNSGRADS – listserv for graduate students in Counseling Programs nationwide

To subscribe, unsubscribe, and send messages on COUNSED, COUNSDOCS, COUNSALUMS, and COUNSGRADS, go to the following websites:

Professor Susan Sears

The OSU Counselor Education Program is deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Susan Jones Sears, Professor Emeritus, in spring 2012. Dr. Sears was an inspiration to the entire counseling profession and a leader in both clinical mental health and school counseling.
Click here for a brief biography of Dr. Sears

Chi Sigma Iota Officers for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

President- Peri Kahraman
Vice President – Grace Bergmann
Secretary – Alexis Froning
Treasurer – Ryan Max
Social Chair- Summer Luckey

Link to OSU Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota

Counselors for Social Justice Officers for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

President – Bushra Ismail
Vice President – Alicia Nunez


Chi Sigma Iota Officers for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

President: Mary Kate Dressel
VP: Alec Carey
Secretary: Jenny Huynh
Treasurer: Erin Kitchen
Social Chair: Shana Parker

Counselors for Social Justice Officers for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

President: Madison Getz
Vice President: Emily Panzero

Testing Lab & Library –

Counselor Education Testing Library GTA: Tyler Hudson
Office: PAES A418 – desk #8

Spring 2019 hours:

Mondays: 3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. & 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Materials from the Testing Library (PAES A405) can
ONLY be checked in & out with Tyler.


Program Contact Information

448 PAES Building, 305 Annie & John Glenn Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-8183

The OSU Counselor Education Program is housed in the
Department of Educational Studies
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University