The Master of Education in Counselor Education degree prepares students for professional
careers as either school counselors (48 hour program) or counselors in clinical mental
health or private practice settings (60 hour program).
Some courses require outside field experiences, coordinated by the faculty, to help
students gain a sense of professional responsibilities and expectations in the field.
Courses are offered during evening hours, on Saturdays, or in hybrid or online formats
to accommodate those who may already be working.
Areas of Study:
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- School Counseling
- A minimum of a 2.5 undergraduate GPA
- Official GRE or MAT Score Reports
Candidates pursuing the School Counseling Concentration must take and pass the GACE
Program Admissions Assessment. A 250 or higher on each section (Reading, Math, and
Writing) are considered passing scores.
- GRE (must have been taken within the last five years)
minimum of 300 (Quantitative and Verbal combined)
or a score of at 146 on Verbal subtest
- MAT (must have been taken within the last five years)
minimum of 388 on total score
- NOTE: GRE/MAT exam scores for applicants will be optional for the Spring/Fall 2021
entry terms as a consequence of challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The absence of GRE scores will not be considered as negative by the admission committee
You may exempt the GACE Program Admissions Assessment if:
SAT – scored 1000 or higher (Critical Reading and Math combined)
ACT – scored 43 or higher (English and Math combined)
GRE – scored 297 or higher (Quantitative and Verbal combined)
- Letters of Recommendation - Applicants will have 3 recommendations submitted on their behalf. Upon application
completion, a link will be shared with each listed reference to complete.
- Personal Autobiographical Essay - Applicants will write an
autobiographical essay in which they discuss their reasons for wanting to
become a counselor, what attributes they may possess which would
contribute to their effectiveness as a counselor, what personal
characteristics they possess that might hinder their relationships with
clients, and how they are planning to address those issues. The essay
must be double-spaced and three pages in length. The essay should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Personal Interview - The personal interview with the faculty is the final
requirement for full admission into the program. Shortly after the
admissions deadline, faculty will select applicants to be invited to the
interview based on the quality of the previous criteria.
The interview is designed to assess:
Passing a criminal background check.
- Applicants’ potential for forming effective interpersonal
relationships in individual and group contexts
- Applicants’ openness to self-examination and personal and
- Applicants’ potential to develop knowledge, skills and dispositions
in the field
- Applicants’ potential to work effectively with diverse populations
- Applicants’ emotional stability
- Applicants’ receptiveness to supervision
- Degree to which the Program’s objectives and mission are
consistent with the vocational and professional goals of applicants
- The degree to which applicants display the potential for
success in the counseling program and profession. After the
interview, applicants are evaluated by the faculty with a rubric
which considers all of these factors, including both academic and