Master of Education in Counseling - Student Affairs

Program Description

Our program meets Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) guidelines for student affairs preparation programs.

In addition, our counseling courses meet CACREP standards for counseling licensure. 

We have a vibrant student affairs division that offers assistantships in units such as:

  • residence life
  • multicultural affairs
  • student life
  • recreation services
  • center for international education
  • athletics
  • academic advising

Application Due Date

The M.Ed. Counseling - Student Affairs program is only at our Flagstaff location

  • Completed application files are reviewed and admission decisions are made twice* each year for the program.
  • Depending on your planned submission date, all application materials must be received by one of the two due dates (March 15 or August 1*).
  • Applications will be reviewed and admission notifications are sent to students by approximately April 15 or August 15
  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that his or her application file is complete. Incomplete files are not reviewed.
*The second admission date is dependent upon the number of applicants admitted from the first deadline.

Mission and Goals

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Mission Statement

Our program prepares graduate students for careers in higher education by combining the foundational principles of counseling and student development with college impact research.

We strive to educate graduate students to be globally aware and multiculturally competent, and who will lead in 21st Century higher education.

Program Goals

This program emphasizes a counseling foundation for preparing college student affairs personnel to foster student development, and to prepare student affairs professionals for employment within institutions of higher education.

The goal of the training program is to prepare college student professionals in the following areas through classroom instruction, fieldwork experience, practica, and internships:

  • human growth and development
  • social and cultural foundations
  • helping relationships
  • group work
  • career and lifestyle development
  • appraisal
  • research and program evaluation
  • professional orientation

Additionally, curricular experiences are provided in:

  • foundations of student affairs practice and theory in higher education
  • contextual dimensions: student affairs practice in higher education
  • knowledge and skills for the practice of student affairs in higher education
  • internship

Cohorts and Mentors

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Cohorts

You’ll enter our program with a small group of other students who share your interest in student affairs and higher education. Your cohort is a useful and needed source of support, entertainment, and friendship during your studies.

Your cohort also gives you a strong social network as you begin your career in the student affairs profession.

Our students are very active with internships and other projects. We encourage you to take a look at what some of our students are involved with and please let us know if you have any questions.

Mentoring Program

As a new student, you’ll be assigned a mentor. Mentors are continuing students or alumni who will help you adjust to the program.

Mentor partnerships are assigned a few weeks prior to the start of the term. Mentor partners meet at least four times per semester.

You can meet for coffee or lunch with your assigned mentor during the fall and spring semesters. You’re encouraged to come up with questions for your mentor; your mentor can provide useful tips and insights based on his/her own experiences. 

Program Policies

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  • Electronic portfolio: You must purchase and maintain an electronic portfolio through Task Stream, sections of which you will upload for review. We will use your portfolio to review our program and assess its outcomes. Data will also be submitted to NCATE and CACREP during review cycles.
  • Credit transfer and GPA policies: Visit the GraduateCollege website for more information about these policies. 

Program of Studies

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Prerequisites

Please review the online catalog for selected graduate courses where prerequisites are required. Please check with the department or a faculty adviser if you have any questions regarding prerequisites.

Program of Study

The program of study is the agreed-upon plan between you and your faculty adviser on completing program requirements.

It is used as a verification document when you apply for graduation. You should complete the program of study with your adviser during the first semester of graduate work.

The original, signed program of study should be given to the Department Chair to be placed in your file in the Educational Psychology Department and you and your adviser should both keep copies.

Amendments to your program of study can be made with your adviser’s approval.

The time line policy for completing a Masters degree can be viewed online through the Graduate College.

Clinical Hours

Please review the clinical hours table for the number of practicum hours and internship hours required in clinical, testing, and intervention Student Affairs classes.

Related Forms

EPS Course Offerings by Semester

Recommended Sequence of Courses
Program of Studies
Program of Studies Worksheet 

Professional Code of Ethics and Licensure Guidelines 

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Students in this master's program should follow the professional code of ethics and certification guidelines established by the following organizations:

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
American College Personnel Association
National Board for Certified Counselors
American Counseling Association 

Counseling - Student Affairs Faculty

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Dr. Thomas DeStefano, Professor
Phone: 928-523-6302
Thomas.DeStefano@nau.edu

Dr. Susan Longerbeam, Associate Professor
Phone: 928-523-8800
Susan.Longerbeam@nau.edu 

Dr. Eugene Moan, Professor
Phone: 928-523-9604
Eugene.Moan@nau.edu 

Dr. Timothy Thomason, Professor
Phone: 928-523-1341
Timothy.Thomason@nau.edu 

Academic Catalog Listing

See the academic catalog for full details on this degree, including a course listing.

Counseling - Student Affairs, Master of Education