Master of Arts in Counseling

UNI's Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling program was created with working professionals in mind. Courses are offered in the late afternoon and early evening in a flexible and accessible format. The 60-hour program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) and is intentionally designed over three years to create optimal development of counseling professionals.

During the first two years of the program, courses are offered in a traditional in-person format (fall and spring) with mandatory summer courses in a flexible format (in-person or online). The program's third year is also digitally delivered, to allow students flexibility in clinical placements (in or outside of the Cedar Valley).

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Counseling Program
235 Latham Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0332

Linda Davis
Secretary II, Counseling
Phone: 319-273-6414

Darcie Davis-Gage, Ph.D
Division Chair & Program Coordinator of Counseling
Clinical Coordinator of Mental Health Counseling
Associate Professor
Phone: (319) 273-4243

The Counseling Profession

The American Counseling Association defines counseling as a “professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals." Training as a counseling professional provides a strong foundation for professional identity, counseling skills and interventions, and theoretical framework.

In addition to the strong foundations in counseling, students at the University of Northern Iowa also are trained from a neuro-informed perspective in:

  • Group facilitation & counseling
  • Human development & wellness
  • Crisis & trauma
  • Career & life planning
  • Counseling children, adolescents & older adults
  • Family & relationship counseling
  • Self-care
  • Multicultural counseling & advocacy
  • Clinical supervision

This extensive training is unique compared to other paths of education, and helps students develop into counseling professionals equipped to work in a variety of mental health and school counseling settings.