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Counseling Department

Department of Counseling

Our counseling degree programs will prepare you for careers in clinical counseling, student affairs, and school counseling.

About the Department

The desire to help and serve others is a calling and the demand is high. Wayne State will help you develop your human interaction skills with a broad foundation in psychology and sociology. With a counseling degree, you will be prepared to help others cope with certain situations and even help them better understand what is happening in their lives. Wayne State College is one of the few colleges in the nation to offer a four-year degree in counseling that makes you ready for the work force.  

If a master’s degree in counseling is in your sights, our specialized coursework and graduate research opportunities will help prepare you for an excellent future.  Wayne State’s master’s degree in counseling ranks at the top for our program completion and job placement rates, low cost, accreditation length, licensing exam pass rate, and research productivity.

We are accredited by both The Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) and The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

Help Clinic

The Help Clinic provides quality counseling at no cost to residents of Northeast Nebraska. Our services empower individuals through support, hope, and healing to improve the quality of their lives. The clinic is staffed by graduate students in our counseling program and is equipped to help people who are dealing with personal concerns, relationship difficulties, substance abuse, grief, and more. 



Ethan Hanson

“I toured a lot of colleges my senior year of high school, but Wayne was so welcoming. It had a wonderful atmosphere and great advising. I like how often the college and community work together. Professors in the counseling major practice what they preach. They would go to the ends of the earth to help you. They are warm and inviting. I’ve noticed they truly want to know who I am, and they have all the tools to help you succeed.”


Ethan Hanson '17

Hometown: North Platte, Neb.
B.S. Human Service Counseling

Nationally Ranked Programs

Counseling programs at Wayne State are nationally ranked and recognized for incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

Most Affordable College in Nebraska, 2018 - College Affordability Guide

No. 1 in Nebraska

Most Affordable College in Nebraska, 2018

College Affordability Guide

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019 - College Factual

No. 1 in Nebraska, Top 1% in the U.S.

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019

College Factual

Most Affordable Counseling Master's Degrees, 2017 - Best Counseling Degrees. Cheapest counseling masters degrees award.

No. 1 in Nebraska;
No. 5 in the Midwest

Most Affordable Counseling Master's Degree, 2017-18

Best Counseling Degrees

Counseling Programs

Explore our human service counseling major, or take your career to the next level with a master's degree in counseling.

Program Name Bachelor's Pre-Professional or Affiliate Master's Minor Education Field Endorsement Education Subject Endorsement Supplemental Endorsement
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MSE) - Partially Online              
Counseling (MSE) - Partially Online              
Human Service Counseling              
Interdisciplinary Studies              
School Counseling (MSE) - Partially Online              
Student Affairs and College Counseling (MSE) - Partially Online              

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, and more.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

  • Active Minds – a student club that promotes mental health awareness and positive mental health, and educates peers
  • Chi Sigma Lambda – an international honor society for graduate students in counseling
  • Counseling Club – a student club that organizes community activities and promotes awareness within the counseling professions
  • Tau Upsilon Alpha – a national honor society for human service counseling
WSC Service-Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester. 

Student Opportunities


Conferences and trips – Conduct ongoing research projects and present your findings at the American Counseling Association conference in Montreal and the Nebraska Counseling Association conference. Advocate for a variety of issues when you attend the annual Legislative Day on the Hill and spend time with hundreds of counseling professionals while networking and opening the doors for future opportunities. 

Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors


Before graduating with a degree in counseling from Wayne State College, you’ll complete an internship at a local agency to gain field experience and earn credit toward your degree. Career Services is available to help students find internship opportunities. The Field Experience and Certification Office can also help you find opportunities and gain certification.

Counseling Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships for counseling students.

Cody Dickson

“Welcome to the Department of Counseling. We are proud of our department and the contributions our faculty make to support the missions of the School of Education and Counseling, Wayne State College, and the Nebraska State College System. The Department of Counseling strives to promote positive mental health and wellness as a central tenet of our programs. We prepare students in undergraduate human service counseling and interdisciplinary studies as well as graduate programs in clinical mental health counseling, student affairs and college counseling, and school counseling. Our faculty, students, and graduates are committed to meeting the needs of clients, families, and our communities through service. We work to cultivate community engagement and partnerships to meet the mental health and social service needs of the individuals across our region. This is accomplished with a focus on collaboration, professionalism, equity, and inclusion. We are here to help you develop your desire for helping others.”


Cody Dickson, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Counseling

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 86% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

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