The mission of the Department of Counseling at
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is to prepare professional school
counselors, clinical mental health counselors, and counselor educators
and supervisors who are actively engaged in practice, scholarship, and
The Department of Guidance and Counseling was formed in 1966 with three faculty members. The new master’s program was designed to prepare school counselors. In 1969, the Counseling Services Program was added to the department to respond to students wanting to work in community agencies. In the early 1970s, the department changed its name to Counselor Education, and later became the Department of Counseling in 1996.
Since then, the department has grown to a total of nine faculty members. CACREP accreditation was received in July 2008, and continues until October 2024. Both the MEd and MA degree programs are offered in Indiana and the Pittsburgh area (IUP Pittsburgh East).