Master of Arts in Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling

Thank you for your interest in The University of Northern Iowa’s counseling graduate program. Students in the counseling program can emphasize their study in either Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling. Our programs offer innovative and cutting edge opportunities to our students, and have been nationally CACREP accredited since 1990.

UNI’s Counseling Program caters to student needs by providing one-on-one advising, intimate class size, and small student-to-faculty ratios. Classes are largely based upon interactive discussion and application of counseling skills. Students gain valuable, hands-on experience through a rigorous practicum and internship with highly skilled and trained professionals currently in the field.

Courses Program Handbook Apply CACREP Accreditation Vital Statistics

#1 in the Nation

Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program was the first accredited program in the nation. We were also one of the first programs nationally to prepare K-12 and Elementary School Counselors.

Community Focused

Our students have the opportunity to work in and be of service to the Cedar Valley, with our practicum students working in the Waterloo School District and Unity Point Hospital.

Grounded in Wellness

Our program is grounded in a wellness philosophy and prepares students to work in multidisciplinary teams in the field.

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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
Fax: (319) 273-7096

Mission & Vision

The UNI Counseling Program is grounded in a wellness philosophy and is devoted to providing a culturally and developmentally responsive education in which students are encouraged and challenged to be exemplary counselors, innovative practitioners, and active agents of social justice in a diverse world through practical experiences and rigorous academic expectations.

The UNI Counseling Program strives to generate innovative, knowledgeable, and skillful counselors who will effectively address the challenges of the 21st century.

Integrated Locally, Connected Globally.


The University of Northern Iowa has a long history of providing leadership in the quest for excellence in the accreditation process. Leadership at UNI was instrumental in the development of accreditation procedures for establishment of standards for Counselor Education since serving as one of the two state colleges which initially tested the original Standards of Counselor Education Programs developed by ACES in 1964 and implemented in 1967.

The counseling programs at the University of Northern Iowa were first initiated over 40 years ago, during the National Defense Education era. At this time, the UNI Counselor Education faculty conducted several NDEA summer institutes. As a result of these institutes, UNI was requested to be one of the first two universities to implement elementary school guidance programming. This resulted in the implementation of one of the first yearlong institutes in elementary guidance. The U.S. Department of Education recognized this program as exceptionally creative and innovative. To date, the program has retained its regional and national leadership in the field and faculty members strive to maintain its distinction as a high quality program.

Student Learning Outcomes