Are you looking for a fulfilling career involving interpersonal relationships and social empowerment? The Department of Psychology and Counseling at Southeast Missouri State emphasizes the understanding of how people think, feel, and act.  

Students in the department acquire a strong knowledge base and critical thinking skills through a comprehensive and flexible curriculum to achieve their professional goals and also become leaders in their communities by working with faculty members from diverse backgrounds in research, internship, and student organization opportunities. Ultimately, students are prepared to apply their knowledge and skills to empower individuals, couples, families, communities, businesses, and other organizations to reach their full potential. 

Academic Programs

The Department of Psychology and Counseling has programs including bachelor's degrees, minors, and graduate studies in the psychological discipline. Programs are offered on campus and online.

The Department of Psychology and Counseling

  • Internships

    There is no better experience than hands-on learning in the real world. Internships give students the opportunity to get out of the classroom and work directly in the field. They can take knowledge from their coursework and see the real-world applications necessary for their field. 
  • Independent Research

    Independent Research is intended for upper-division students who are interested in developing their own research projects and are encouraged to enroll in one of our research courses, which have different prerequisites. Research is a great opportunity for students to get real-world professional experience and work directly with faculty members 
  • Career Development

    The Department of Psychology and Counseling's mission is to help students achieve their professional goals. One important step of this process is to help students choose a professional field that fits their interests and competencies. According to the American Psychological Association and American Counseling Association, there are several major categories of professional careers. The department offers a wide range of academic programs designed to help students enter and succeed in their chosen fields. 
  • Graduate Programs

    We offer a wide range of graduate degrees including psychology, mental health counseling, behavior analysis, school counseling, school psychological examiner, and education specialist in counseling. Graduate programs help students gain more knowledge and broaden their careers but are designed for busy professionals. 

Accreditations and Verifications

The Will to Do

  • CACREP (Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
  • Association for Behavior Analysis International


Southeast Missouri State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools 

The Mental Health Counseling Program and School Counseling Program at Southeast Missouri State University are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). These programs are accredited through the eight-year accreditation cycle ending October 2022. Students graduating from a CACREP program are assured a quality educational experience. Counseling students can be certified counselors by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) once they have passed the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE). As a result of the accreditation, the NCE is administered on the Southeast campus. 

Association for Behavior Analysis International Verification 

The Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis program at Southeast Missouri State University is verified by the Association for Behavior Analysis International. The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the Applied Behavior Analysis courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board-Certified Behavior Analyst ® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst ® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

Counseling Program Mission Statement

Individuals in today’s society face many complex challenges. To effectively manage these multi-faceted issues, individuals require effective maturation in self concept and personal development, positive adjustment to social, cultural, familial and personal relationships, productive vocational skills, and mastery of the cognitive, behavioral and emotional dynamics that permeate the human experience. For this reason, the Counseling Program has as its primary mission the preparation of a diverse group of learners from the Southeast Missouri region, the nation and the world community who can competently and ethically implement psychological principles, developmental understanding and counseling techniques to provide clients with the best opportunity to achieve a healthy functioning in the areas of educational, personal, social, and career development. Working within the human services and education fields demands well-rounded professionals. For this reason, program offerings and extracurricular activities challenge students to develop professionally, personally, and socially. Graduates of the Counseling Programs are prepared to deliver effective service in a variety of professional job placements (Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, School Psychological 6 Examiner) and are eligible to stand for licensure or certification in their respective area of specialty

The following program outcomes assist faculty in identifying key assessments in order to measure whether students in the counseling program are meeting/exceeding expectations:

Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate Discipline Specific Knowledge, Disposition, and Performance as required to maintain the programs as established by CACREP (MA in Mental Health, and School Counseling) and CAEP (MA in School Counseling) accreditation standards in preparing entry-level professional counselor as outlined in the program objectives (see appendix).

Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the basic issues in nine core counseling areas, these are: human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, counseling theory, counseling skills, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research and program evaluation, and professional orientation and ethical issues.

Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate basic interviewing and counseling related skills.

Objective 4: Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate competence in oral and written communication.

Outcome 5: Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze issues and to apply theories to specific cases.

Outcome 6: Research Skills: Students will demonstrate the ability to do and consume research.

Outcome 7: Workplace and Graduate/Professional School Preparation: Students will demonstrate that they are prepared to succeed in the work place or graduate/professional school.

Office Location
Scully 404
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 5700
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701