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Welcome to the Department of Counseling and Human Services!
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The Department of Counseling and Human Services of East Tennessee State University prepares competent, ethical, self-reflective, and caring counseling and human services professionals committed to improving the human condition and affirm the unique identifies of the individuals they serve through supportive wellness, counseling, and educational services. In addition, we seek improvement in accessibility, accountability, and coordination of services for all. Each of our degree and service programs provides students with the skills, knowledge and awareness to succeed in their chosen field.
The Department of Counseling and Human Services, and the program within, do not condone or engage in discrimination based on age, color, culture, disability, ethnic group, gender/gender identity, religion, sexual/affectional orientation, marital status, veteran status, or socioeconomic status. See our Mission, Purpose, and Goals statements.
Specific opportunities and curricular/extra curricular requirements are listed under the respective programs. Each of our programs incorporates clinical or service opportunities, such as practicums, internships, or other field placements congruent with program standards and the professional goals of students.
This is an exciting time for us. We continue to have new initiatives as well as to review current offerings to assure we are offering quality programs and services to our students, the Clemmer College of Education, ETSU, and our community. We hope you find what you are looking for on our site. Please contact us for more information!
The undergraduate program in Human Services leads to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and is designed to provide a human, social, and behavioral science background for persons to work in a variety of settings for a broad range of organizations dedicated to helping others transition through their developmental and contextual issues and processes.
We offer two minors that are complementary to a variety of majors: Human Development and Learning and Family Studies. The HDAL minor is designed to provide students with a solid knowledge base in human development through the life span. The Family Studies minor offers students a theoretical and practical understanding of the family as a social institution and a vital social system.
The M.S. degree in Human Services enhances the capability of human service professionals to implement key services competently while addressing a variety of client needs throughout their life stages. Graduate preparation maximizes the academic and professional growth of students seeking additional qualifications to advance in their careers.
The Counseling Program prepares highly skilled practitioners to work in a wide range of professional settings. Our Master's of Arts degree in Counseling has four CACREP accredited concentrations:
We offer the Ed. S. in Counselor Leadership concentration of the Educational Leadership major in collaboration with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The program is a unique 31 credit hour, post-masters degree program that leads to an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Counselor Leadership.
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The Counseling and Human Services Department offers our support, encouragement, and respect for the student-led Black Lives Matter events. While we wish to continuously seek social justice for persons of all identities in accord with our department values, we believe it is important to speak as allies with our Black and Multi-racial community in response to the recent incident on campus. We know what while this was an overt, especially horrific incident, there is a continuing struggle for equality and respect. The ETSU Community Dialogue that took place Wednesday, 9/28 was a powerful display of unity and open conversation. See this link for the video of the ETSU Community Dialogue. Several of our Counseling Program students spoke throughout. The times they spoke are a follows: 30:14 - Emily Hand; 33:40 - Jared Davis; 36:54 - Lauren Penley; 1:09:00 - Jasmine Quailey; 1:48:54 - Kelli Hess; and 1:54:13 - Jared Davis.