School Counseling (MEd)
The M.Ed. Program in School Counseling is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The 61-semester-hour degree program is designed around the eight core areas of:
Human Growth and Development
Social and Cultural Foundations
The Helping Relationship
Group Dynamics and Processes
Appraisal of Individuals
Research and Evaluation
The program is aimed to prepare students to design and implement comprehensive developmental school counseling programs in P-12 school settings, and to deliver services geared towards enhancing the career, academic, and personal/social development of children and adolescents. Curricular experiences include clinical supervision of a 100-hour practicum and two 300-hour internships in a school setting.The program is also designed to prepare students for state certification in School Counseling. The program offers a combination of hybrid, online, and face-to-face courses.
The program leading to the M.Ed. in School Counseling is designed to prepare students for state certification in School Counseling (neither teaching experience nor teacher certification is required for admission to the program).
|Area 1 Professional Core Required Hours||30|
|Ethics and Professional Issues in Counseling|
|Counseling Skills I|
|Research Methods and Design in Counseling|
|Diagnosis in Counseling|
|Career Development Counseling|
|Human Growth and Development|
|Cultural Perspectives in Counseling|
|Group Techniques and Procedures|
|Area 2 Concentration Required Hours||22|
|School Counseling Services|
|Applied Practice in School Counseling|
|Internship in School Counseling|
|Seminar in School Counseling|
|Seminar: Foundations of Collaborative Student Support|
|Area 3 Electives Required Hours||9|
|Select three courses from the following (or approved alternative):|
|Psychological Aspects of Substance Abuse|
|Family Therapy Process and Practice|
|Advanced Techniques in Marriage and Family Therapy|
|Marriage and Family Assessment|
|Marriage Systems Theory and Therapy|
|Students must also satisfy Georgia certification requirements|
|Total Credit Hours||61|
*Students must also satisfy Georgia certification requirements.
- An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
- A 2.75 (regular admission) or 2.5 (provisional admission) cumulative undergraduate GPA
- CSU and departmental applications
Applicants must apply to the CSU Admissions Office AND complete a departmental application. In addition, successful completion of an interview with departmental faculty is required. Interviews will be conducted only after potential candidates have applied for admission and are qualified, based on assessment of a completed application file. Applicants who reach the minimum scores designated above are not guaranteed admission, since multiple factors are considered in these decisions.
Deadlines: All applications are due on March 1st for consideration for Fall admission.
Additional Program Requirements
Evaluation of the student's performance is continuous and involves consideration of the student's coursework, as well as the student's performance in laboratory, practicum, and internship classes. All of these experiences are considered aspects of the student's academic performance, related to his/her professional development as a counselor. Furthermore, counseling faculty members hold staffing meetings each semester to review students' progress in the program. In order to graduate, students must also complete the required student portfolio assessment and a comprehensive exit exam. A student may be dropped from the program upon the recommendation from program faculty to the Dean of the College of Education and Health Professions or if the welfare of the student's clientele, prospective clientele, or the functioning of a school or agency is, in the judgment of the Counseling faculty, in jeopardy as a result of the student's behavior.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the role and functions of the professional school counselor regarding the provision of school counseling services including individual and group counseling and classroom guidance.
- Develop and demonstrate proficiency in P-12 students’ social/emotional development and career preparedness including proficiency in issues of diversity and providing leadership for a comprehensive school counseling plan for student success.
- Develop and demonstrate skills in using student outcome data to facilitate academic success, career preparedness, and social/emotional development for all students.
- Develop and demonstrate skills in collaboration with other professionals including referral and development of community initiatives that address student needs.
- Apply knowledge of the role and functions of the professional school counselor regarding the provision of school counseling services including individual and group counseling and classroom guidance.\ \ Apply knowledge in P-12 students’ social/emotional development and career preparedness including proficiency in issues of diversity and providing leadership for a comprehensive school counseling plan for student success.\ \ Apply knowledge in using student outcome data to facilitate academic success, career preparedness, and social/emotional development for all students.\ \ Apply knowledge in collaboration with other professionals including referral and development of community initiatives that address student needs.