Winona State Counselor Education

Winona State University’s counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). Throughout your journey with the counselor education department you will learn communication skills, group development, career counseling, how to join with others in an experiential learning environment and much more.

A wealth of knowledge and experience will be gained through your academic and applied learning experience during your program of study, and you will find that upon graduation you are well-prepared for entry into a variety of professional counseling settings.

Winona State University’s Counselor Education Department partners with schools, mental health agencies and area organizations to provide authentic learning experiences to students necessary to excel in a variety of counseling fields.

Program Features

  • Evening and weekend classes
  • Rochester and Winona campuses
  • Progressive online, hybrid and face-to-face learning environments
  • Community-based learning experiences
  • Strong and flexible internship opportunities throughout Southeast Minnesota and across the nation as available

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Counselor Education Department (CED) is to prepare competent school and clinical mental health counselors capable of (a) building professional helping relationships that empower individuals, groups, and families to accomplish mental health, educational, wellness, and career goals, and (b) providing socially conscious competent prevention, remediation, and growth-enhancing interventions to individuals, groups, and families within a multicultural and pluralistic society.