Counselor Education

The Department of Counselor Education offers a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision and master’s programs in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling. The master’s programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).* The Master of Arts degree in Counseling is a 60-credit-hour program with areas of emphasis in school counseling or clinical mental health counseling. The clinical mental health counseling program meets state academic requirements for those seeking Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) status. The school counseling program meets the academic requirements for those seeking the Colorado K-12 school counselor licensure.

The Counselor Education Program is designed to serve all students interested in a quality education. In particular, it focuses on the needs of students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds within rural Colorado. The Counselor Education Program provides an excellent educational experience by creating a supportive and challenging environment that integrates personal and professional growth for students. Through the use of research and applied experiential learning, students will develop a solid knowledge base, comprehensive skills, and an ability to self-challenge. The program develops competent counselors who are proactive, ethical, and capable of recognizing and affirming the diversity of people, ideas, and values. They will be persons of integrity who will be advocates for individual and societal growth. They will have the sensitivity, flexibility, and knowledge to serve the needs of diverse populations. They will be capable of developing collaborative relationships with community agencies, organizations, public schools, and families in rural and urban centers.

*Both the clinical mental health counseling and school counseling tracks are CACREP accredited in all delivery models Adams State University uses (on-campus and online).

2022-2023 Degrees

Department Faculty


  • Cheri Meder, Ph.D.


  • Laura Bruneau, Ph.D.
  • Mark Manzanares, Ph.D.

Associate Professors

  • Courtney Allen, Ph.D.
  • Neil Rigsbee, Ph.D.
  • Jared Thiemann, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

  • Christina Harrell, Ph.D.
  • Sandra Gavin, Ph.D.
  • Rebecca Meidinger, Ph.D.

Clinical Faculty

  • Bethany Adams, Ph.D.
  • Becky Caple, Ph.D.
  • Carol Cotter, Ph.D.
  • Janessa Henninger, Ph.D.
  • Theresa O’Halloran, Ph.D.
  • Melissa O’Neill, Ph.D.
  • Penny Sanders, Ph.D.
  • Madeleine (Maddy) Stevens Ph.D.
  • Kirk Thiemann, Ph.D.
  • Mark Vander Ley, Ph.D.

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