F. Program Mission & Documents

OSU Counselor Education
Mission, Foundational Beliefs, & Program Expectations

• We believe that regardless of setting or specialty, we are all counselors, with a shared set of core values and identity that unite us in a professional community
• We believe that counseling needs to be informed by compassion and humanistic understanding of the human condition.
• We believe that all clients, colleagues, and students need to be appreciated for their inherent dignity and worth and their unique diversity constellation.
• We believe that all individuals should be empowered to speak up for what they need and that counselors and counseling students should be social justice leaders who advocate on behalf of underserved populations as well as on behalf of the counseling profession.
• We believe that our program is more than courses – it is an intentionally designed community of students, faculty, alumni, and supervisors who care about each others’ wellbeing.

The mission of the Counselor Education Program at The Ohio State University is to prepare highly qualified, ethical and culturally competent, professional counselors and counselor educators who exemplify compassion, social justice, and empathy for the human condition. We draw from a pool of international applicants and prepare graduates for careers in schools, agencies, universities and community and clinical placements using evidence-based best practices, quality pedagogy, and intensive cohort-based classroom and supervised field-based experiences.

Every student, faculty member and field supervisor is expected to exhibit these values at all times for the purpose of promoting success in the lives of our clients:

  • The development of a Professional Identity as a Counselor that is built on the highest academic and professional standards
  • An ongoing Advocacy and Social Justice Approach infused with ethical and social responsibility
  • The use of a Practitioner-Scientist Model that uses Evidence-Based Best Practices in counseling
  • A commitment to a Wellness and Strength-Based Approach with an emphasis on lifelong personal and professional growth
  • An understanding of the importance working toward systemic change through Leadership, Collaboration and Service within the Community
  • A Respect for Diversity and the importance of culture, family, and values in the counseling process
  • An Intellectual Curiosity that drives the development and dissemination of new knowledge and best practices in professional counseling and counselor education
  • A commitment to helping each member of the OSU Counselor Education family Flourish in the Field of Counseling through a discovery of each individual’s passion that lies at the intersection of research, teaching, service, and practice for the betterment of the people we serve, the counseling profession, and our own lifelong journeys as professional counselors.


For all handbooks, programs of study, and practicum and internship manuals, go to “Info for Current Students.” There is a link on the list that appears on the right side of this page.