School Counseling applicants do not need a teaching/education degree to apply to the program. All undergraduate degrees are eligible to apply.

The UNI School Counseling program has an outstanding reputation and received the NCACES Innovative Counselor Education Master's Degree Program Award in 1999. Our program is based on long-standing tradition and is delivered by highly energetic faculty who are extensively involved in research, practice, and professional service at the local, state, regional, and national levels. Graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills to implement a comprehensive, sequential, developmental program as described in the National Standards for School Counseling Programs. A teaching certificate and teaching experience are not required, but non-teaching majors must take 2 additional hours of coursework to meet state department requirements (see program planning sheet for non-teaching majors).

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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.


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 Health.

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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

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The UNI School Counseling Program:

  • Prepares graduates for K-12 certification
  • Includes courses specific to working with children, adolescents, and parents
  • Emphasizes practical applications of concepts in all coursework
  • Includes school-based practicum (150 hours) and internship (600 hours) with weekly individual supervision and group seminars by UNI faculty
UNI's counseling faculty expect that graduates of this program will:
  • Be highly competent MA school counselors.
  • Advocate for quality counseling services for all students.
  • Have a strong knowledge base as well as clinical skills.
  • Be sensitive to and knowledgeable about diversity.
  • Become accepted as credible school counseling professionals.
  • Promote counselor accountability with the public and the profession.
  • Be psychologically healthy persons who use high levels of self-awareness in their work.
  • Adhere to the ethical standards of the profession.

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.