The Counselor Education program prepares professional counselors to work in school, community agency, and post-secondary educational settings. The course of study includes a comprehensive counseling knowledge base presented through didactic and experiential coursework and clinical field-based experiences, including a 600 hour internship. This knowledge base includes counseling skills and theories, developmental processes, multicultural issues, assessment, individual and group counseling, and professional ethics.
The M.Ed. in the Counselor Education program has two concentrations: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Both concentrations are accredited by CACREP (the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs). The program is designed to meet the academic requirements to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Courses are offered on the Georgia Southern Campus in Statesboro, GA
Program Contact Information:
Graduate Academic Services Center
Phone: (912) 478-1447
Concentration One: School Counseling
This concentration is designed for people who wish to pursue a career in school counseling. It does not require Professional Level Four Certification for admission. The concentration is designed for students to meet the requirements for school counseling certification in Georgia. (51 hours)
Concentration: Two: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
This concentration is designed for people who wish to provide clinical mental health counseling in community agency settings (public, non-profit, and for profit). (60 hours)
Concentration: Three: Student Services in Higher Education
This concentration is designed for people seeking employment in Student Affairs in a variety of post-secondary educational settings. This concentration does not lead to P-12 certification. (48 hours)
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|M.Ed. Regular Admission Requirements
|1.Complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
|2. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
|3. Present official report of scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (http://www.MillerAnalogies.com) or the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) (http://www.ets.org/gre).
|4. Submit complete Counselor Education Supplementary Documents (available in the online application for admissions.
|5. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 200 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional aspirations.
|6. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
|7. Participate in a pre-admission seminar.
8. For Concentration One, School Counseling, pass the GACE Program Admissions Assessment.
Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of B or higher in their first nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.
Counselor Education, M.Ed. Admissions Deadlines
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Acquiring School Counseling Certification for Those who Already Hold a Master’s Degree:
A. Persons who hold a master’s degree in a field other than School Counseling may earn the Program’s recommendation for the School Counselor Level Five Certificate by completing the M.Ed. in Counselor Education, School Counseling Concentration One. Up to three courses from a previous master’s program may be applied toward degree requirements.
B. Persons seeking initial certification in School Counseling and who hold a 51 hour (CACREP equivalent) master’s degree in a counseling field other than School Counseling may earn the program’s recommendation for the School Counseling Level Six Certificate by completing the Ed.S. in School Counseling, and all of the following school specialty courses: COUN 7445, COUN 7437, COUN 7448, COUN 7449, COUN 7738 (School Counseling Internship I), and COUN 7739 (School Counseling Internship II).
C. Persons seeking initial certification in School Counseling and who hold less than a 51 hour (CACREP curriculum equivalent) master’s degree in School Counseling or in a counseling field other than School Counseling may earn the program’s recommendation for the School Counselor Level Six Certificate by completing the Ed.S. degree program in Counselor Education and all of the course work in the M.Ed. in Counselor Education (School Counseling Concentration One), not completed previously.