Application and Admissions

Application & Admission

Counselor Education & Student Affairs

Application Procedure 

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For ALL Applicants

___ _ Completed Application Form located on the Graduate Admissions Webpage.

____  Processing Fee.

____  3 professional and/or academic letters of recommendation written within the last 3 years.  Acceptable professional references would be from a current or former: Professor, colleague/co-worker, supervisor. If you have graduated within the last three years, you must provide AT LEAST one ACADEMIC reference. 

_____ Bachelor degree transcripts received (3.0 GPA)* or a Master's level transcript with a 3.0 or better.

_____ One-page typed resume of employment and education history.

_____  Academic Goal Statement: The Kutztown University Counselor Education and Student Affairs Programs are designed to develop the competencies necessary for individuals to function as professionals within their discipline.  In a brief 2-3 page essay (Times New Roman 12 point font, double spaced), discuss how your personal career goals align with the program goals of your selected course of study.  Your essay should answer the following:  1) What experiential factors informed your interest in your chosen program of study (school counseling; clinical mental health counseling; marriage, couple and family counseling; student affairs in higher education).  2) What challenges will you face in graduate school? What strategies or support system will you use to work through these challenges?  3) What character traits do you possess that may serve as strengths as you learn the role of a professional and what necessary areas of growth can you identify?

Conditional Admission:  *If GPA is below the 3.0 requirement, the application will be considered for Conditional Admission by the Department's Admissions Committee.  The Admissions Committee will determine if the other components of the student's application are strong enough for conditional acceptance.  To remain in the program, Conditionally Admitted students must achieve a B or better in a minimum of two COU courses.  

--To begin study in the Fall Semester - February 1 for early review and decision; March 1 for regular review and decision. (For Student Affairs and Addiction Counseling programs only: April 1 for late review and decision.)

--To begin study in the Spring Semester - September 1 for early review and decision; October 1 for regular review and decision. (For Counselor Education Programs only)

Applicants who are offered admission to department programs must confirm acceptance by May 10 (for fall semester start) and December 10 (for spring semester start).

Post-Master School Certification Admissions

Applicants holding a counseling or counseling-related degree, returning only for School Counseling Certification can apply by completing the regular graduate admissions process. Transcripts will be reviewed after the application to determine related courses. If accepted, the COU faculty will assist in course selection and enrollment.    

Post-Master School Certification (Second Certification)

Applicants holding a School Counseling Certification in one area (Elementary or Secondary) may return to complete the requirements for the PreK-12 Certification by completing the regular graduate admissions process.  If accepted, the COU faculty will assist in course selection based on the requirements specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).      

Post-Master Licensure Credit Admissions

Applicants, who hold a Master degree in Counseling or a Counseling-related field, can meet the 60 credit hour Licensed Professional Counselor requirement by Professional Credit admission.  Applicants pursuing this option will contact the Licensing Board prior to application.  The Licensing Board will review the applicant's transcript and identify the courses needed to meet the Licensure requirements.  The applicant will then provide the Department with a list of courses required by the Licensing Board to meet the current licensure requirements

Professional Credit Admissions

The Professional Credit option gives students the opportunity to take courses in non-degree status. Departmental approval is required for professional credits students wishing to enroll in COU courses. Professional Credit students are not eligible for financial aid and must be paid for out of pocket or by an employer. Successfully completing courses as a Professional Credits student does not guarantee admission into a KU Master degree program.  

Application Limit: Applicants to COU Programs may re-apply only once after the initial application has been denied. Regardless of the situation, the Department will not accept a third application to any of its programs.