School of Counseling, Higher Education, Leadership and Foundations

Advance your career and transform lives

Hone your leadership, professional and research skills through theory-based coursework, flexible schedules and in-depth practical experiences. 

Graduate Admissions 2022

School of Counseling, Higher Education, Leadership and Foundations

Invest in degrees with a record of success 

The School of Counseling, Higher Education, Leadership and Foundations encourages students to combine classroom knowledge and skills with their personal and professional values. Graduates transform lives and organizations throughout the state, nation and world. We maintain high standards of academic and professional competence consistent with state and national standards and accrediting bodies. Several programs – clinical mental health counseling, school counseling and educational leadership (principal and superintendent) – lead to professional licensure.

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Our multidisciplinary programs are designed to help you prepare for meaningful careers in a variety of fields. Graduates of the School of Counseling, Higher Education, Leadership and Foundations work in schools, universities, agencies, hospitals, healthcare organizations, business and industry, government and other human resource organizations. Many graduates enter competitive doctoral programs.
  • Counseling
  • Higher education
  • Student affairs
  • Cross-cultural and international education
  • Leadership

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Graduate Programs

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This certificate program serves as continuing education for professionals currently working in administrative roles in colleges and universities, community agencies, K-12 schools, and beyond.
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This program is for students who have a master’s degree and want to pursue initial administrative licensure. Students complete the administrative courses required for principal licensure in Ohio.
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BGSU’s mental health counseling master’s provides state-of-the-art training to prepare highly qualified, ethical and culturally competent licensed counselors.
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The researched-based program prepares graduates to be effective leaders in cross-cultural and international education arenas. Students complete a cross-cultural/international internship.
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This is a post-master’s certificate program consisting of a minimum of 15 credit hours leading to superintendent licensure in Ohio. Students must hold valid principal licensure in the state of Ohio.
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This certificate is designed for administrative professionals in colleges and universities, community agencies, K-12 schools, and beyond to gain enhanced leadership skills.
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Get your M.Ed in educational leadership from BGSU on your schedule. Meet 3-4 times a semester plus a mix of asynchronous and synchronous online classes.
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A student affairs master's focused on close interplay of theory and practice with internships, practicums and a capstone project. BGSU also offers a Ph.D. Program
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Graduate Admissions 2022

Graduate prepared for the next stage of your career

When it’s time to put your education into practice, you will be able to hone your skills with internships in schools, universities and other settings in Ohio, across the country and around the world. We also offer courses and experiences in international education and global understanding, as well as opportunities for travel abroad.

While studying, our cohort model offers a sense of community, and our student-centered faculty are strong mentors invested in your success. While at BGSU and after, you’ll have the opportunity to network and learn from alumni and experts who’ve been where you are.

Engage in meaningful research

Our faculty are active researchers who welcome collaboration with graduate and undergraduate students. You also have opportunities to work with faculty on research and conduct your own. Graduate assistantships are available in all programs. Faculty and students in the School of Counseling, Higher Education, Leadership and Foundations research a wide range of topics, including:

  • Strategic leadership, planning and organizational change
  • Urban educational leadership
  • Disability, gender, class and LGBTQ+ issues in education and counseling
  • Cultural consciousness
  • Comparative international education
  • Immigrant and refugee education
  • Adolescent development
  • Emotional labor
  • Education law
  • School finance
  • Program evaluation
  • Assessment and evaluation in education

Undergraduate contact

Dr. Sherri Horner
Assistant director,
Undergraduate Education
419-372-7343
shorner@bgsu.edu

Graduate contact

Dr. Chris Willis
Assistant director,
Graduate Education
419-372-0249
wchris@bgsu.edu

Updated: 01/05/2024 10:30AM