Counselor Education M.Ed.

Degree Requirements: 48-60 Credit Hours

Program Intent

The Counselor Education program prepares counselors to work in school and community settings. There are two degree program concentrations based on educational background and career goals, and both concentrations are accredited by CACREP:

Concentration One

School Counseling - This concentration is designed for people who wish to work as school counselors. The concentration is designed for graduates to meet the requirements for school counseling certification in Georgia.

Concentration Two

Clinical Mental Health Counseling - This concentration is designed for people who wish to work as clinical mental health counselors in community agency settings (public, private, or non-profit). 

Admission Requirements

Note: Admission to the graduate program is required. Non-degree status to achieve initial certification is not permitted.

Regular

  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 current official report of scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE).
  4. Submit completed Counselor Education Supplementary Documents (available at College of Education or College of Graduate Studies website).
  5. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 1000 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional goals and aspirations.
  6. Submit a current resume.
  7. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
  8. Participate in an on-campus interview.
  9. For Concentration One, School Counseling, pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment.

Provisional

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) credits of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

Acquiring School Counseling Certification for People who Already Hold a Master's Degree

  1. People who hold a master's degree in an area other than School Counseling may qualify 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.
  2. People seeking initial certification in School Counseling and who hold a 48 credit hour (CACREP equivalent) master’s degree in a counseling area other than School Counseling may qualify for the School Counseling Level Six Certificate by completing the Ed.S. in Counselor Education, and all of the following school specialty courses: Ethics and Foundations of School Counseling (COUN   7445), School Counseling Program Coordination and Curriculum (COUN   7437), Leadership, Consultation and Intervention in the Schools (COUN   7448), Family/School/Community Collaboration (COUN   7449), Counseling Internship I (COUN   7738), and Counseling Internship II (COUN   7739).

Concentration One: School Counseling, 51 Credit Hours

Credit Hours
Professional Education Core Requirements
EDUF   7130Learning Theories and Applications3
EDUR   7130Educational Research3
Specific Requirements
COUN   7332Theories of Counseling3
COUN   7333Counseling Skills and Techniques3
COUN   7334Group Counseling and Group Work3
COUN   7335Counseling Assessment and Appraisal3
COUN   7336Career Counseling3
COUN   7337Multicultural Counseling 3
COUN   7338Life Span Development3
COUN   7737Counseling Practicum3
School Counseling Requirements
COUN   7445Ethics and Foundations of School Counseling4
COUN   7437School Counseling Program Coordination and Curriculum3
COUN   7448Leadership, Consultation and Intervention in the Schools4
COUN   7449Family/School/Community Collaboration4
COUN   7738Counseling Internship I3
COUN   7739Counseling Internship II 3
Total Credit Hours51

Concentration Two: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 60 Credit Hours

Credit Hours
Professional Education Core Requirements
EDUF   7130Learning Theories and Applications3
EDUR   7130Educational Research3
Specific Requirements
COUN   7332Theories of Counseling3
COUN   7333Counseling Skills and Techniques3
COUN   7334Group Counseling and Group Work3
COUN   7335Counseling Assessment and Appraisal3
COUN   7336Career Counseling3
COUN   7337Multicultural Counseling 3
COUN   7338Life Span Development3
COUN   7737Counseling Practicum3
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Requirements
COUN   7231Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
COUN   7232Addictions Counseling 3
COUN   7233Family Counseling3
COUN   7234Counseling Psychodiagnosis3
COUN   7235Short Term Counseling Strategies3
COUN   7236Counseling and Sexuality3
COUN   7738Counseling Internship I3
COUN   7739Counseling Internship II 3
COUN   8533Professional Practice and Ethics3
ESPY   8135Crisis Intervention and Prevention3
Total Credit Hours60
Credit Hours
Professional Education Core Requirements
EDUF   7130Learning Theories and Applications3
EDUR   7130Educational Research3
Specific Requirements
COUN   7332Theories of Counseling3
COUN   7333Counseling Skills and Techniques3
COUN   7334Group Counseling and Group Work3
COUN   7335Counseling Assessment and Appraisal3
COUN   7336Career Counseling3
COUN   7337Multicultural Counseling 3
COUN   7338Life Span Development3
COUN   7737Counseling Practicum3
Higher Education Requirements
COUN   7131Student Affairs in Higher Education3
COUN   7132Contemporary College Student3
COUN   7133Administration and Leadership in Higher Education Student Services3
COUN   7134Ethical and Professional Issues in Student Services3
COUN   7798Internship I in Higher Education3
COUN   7799Internship II in Higher Education3
Total Credit Hours48

Other Program Requirements

  • For all concentrations, successful completion of assessments identified at each program transition point and successful completion of a Professional Portfolio Examination. 
  • Maintain an active account with the COE electronic data management system.
  • For Concentration One, claim Georgia Southern University as your program provider in your MyPSC Account during your first term of enrollment (see information under MyPSC Account in Graduate Catalog, College of Education).

Advisement

Department of Leadership
Technology and Human Development
Dr.Brandon Hunt
P.O. Box 8131
Statesboro, GA 30460
(912) 478-0502
bhunt@georgiasouthern.edu
Fax: (912) 478-7104
http://coe.georgiasouthern.edu/coun/programs/