Who: Individuals who professionally identify as counselors and whose work environment is an institution of higher learning.
Where: Higher education settings including colleges, universities, and community and technical colleges. Specific offices include but are not limited to: student affairs, campus counseling centers, residential services, career service centers, campus crisis response teams, admissions offices, academic advisement offices, financial aid, disability services, and campus diversity and multicultural programs. Click here to go to the ETSU Student Affairs website to find out more about these offices/departments.
What: Professionals in higher education advocate for and work to meet the needs of students. The focus of counselors in higher education is supporting and encouraging academic, social, personal, and career development and success of students. Provision of services for students is a collaborative effort, and professional social workers, medical practitioners, therapists, counselors, clergy, career counselors, psychologists, and personal counselors all play a role in supporting student success.
Why are counselors and other service professionals specializing in higher education important on campus?
College is a very unique time in one’s life. Traditional aged students are young and may be away from their homes for the first time. Nontraditional students may be restarting their education with a family at home and the responsibility of beginning a new career. Whatever reason students have for being in college, there is great potential for growth during the time they are enrolled. Service professionals in the college environment are in unique positions to advocate for students’ needs and welfare. Whether a counselor is serving in a traditional mental health role or serving in a student services role, this program prepares you for this career in higher education.
We continue to work on developing partnerships with college and university offices to serve as internship sites for our higher education concentration students. Our students intern at various sites on the ETSU campus (Counseling center, Office of Disability Services, academic advising, peer career center, athletic department). In addition, students may intern at Northeast State Community College, and other area institutions. There are great opportunities available! The ETSU Counseling program has several graduates employed at ETSU and surrounding community colleges and universities.
Students can design their program to prepare them for eligibility as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). This concentration is the only one in the state of Tennessee to be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Counseling Students participate in the campus Wellapalooza event sharing information about counseling services, mental health and wellness.