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Welcome to the Counseling Graduate Program


Austin Peay State University's (APSU), Counseling Graduate Program is committed to excellence and is currently pursuing accreditation through the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation will provide recognition that the content and quality of APSU's Counseling Graduate Program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. We project that the self-study portion will be completed by the the end of the 2017 spring semester.


The mission of the Master’s Program in Counseling is to provide both academic and clinical training that will prepare students to be highly effective professional counselors. Our goal is to influence students to be life-long learners who are sensitive to and appreciative of the developmental needs of individuals and groups in the context of a rapidly changing multicultural society. Students completing the school counseling concentration are eligible for Tennessee certification as school counselors pending their passing of the Praxis Exam. Students completing the mental health counseling concentration will have met the educational requirements for licensure in Tennessee as Licensed Professional Counselors with the Mental Health Service Provider designation.

The Master's Program in Counseling requires 51 to 60 credits, a 100-hour practicum, a 600 hour internship, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination. The program faculty are particularly committed to educating students who are dedicated to reducing disparities in society based on race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and other social group membership.

The Master’s Program may be focused in one of two ways:

All master's degree students complete a core curriculum that prepares counselors for professional practice in all settings. The core course work in the master's program covers a range of counseling and human development issues including approaches to individual and group counseling; ethical and professional issues in counseling; fundamentals of the counseling profession; counseling ethics; measurement and evaluation in counseling; lifespan and career development; research in counseling; and social and cultural issues.

Preparation for specialized practice in counseling includes two to four unique courses important for particular specializations and a 600 hour internship in a setting appropriate for the specialization chosen.

Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

* The Education Specialist Program is Not Currently Accepting Applications

The Education Specialist program is designed to permit students to achieve a degree level higher than the master's. The major is Education with concentrations available in Administration and Supervision, School Counseling, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education. The psychology department offers one concentration, School Counseling, under the Educational Specialist Programs of Study.

The School Counseling concentration consists of 32 to 33 hours of course work beyond the master's degree.


Respect for diversity and for values different from one's own is a central value of the M.S. in Counseling program at Austin Peay State University.  The valuing of diversity is also consistent with the counseling profession as mandated by the American Counselor Association's Code of Ethics (2014).  Students enrolled in the M.S. in Counseling program demonstrate these values. Please read our Values Statement addressing diversity in its entirety.


Dr. AsfawDr. Amanuel Asfaw
Assistant Professor
University of Wyoming
Counselor Education (CACREP-accredited) 
(931) 221-7243
Clement 307A


Dr. Shunda Brown
Assistant Professor
University of Virginia 
Counselor Education (CACREP-accredited)
(931) 221-7238
Clement 307B   


Dr. Deborah Buchanan

Dr. Deborah Buchanan
Associate Professor
Counseling Program Coordinator
University of Tennessee
Counselor Education (CACREP-accredited)
(931) 221-1247
Clement 215C

Dr. Kimberly Coggins
Assistant Professor
University of Wyoming
Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP-accredited)
(931) 221-7234
Clement 221B