MEd Counselor Education

The Counselor Education Master of Education (MEd) 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).

A counselor sits with two parents and their child.

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:

Admission Requirements

  1. At least a 2.5 undergraduate GPA
  2. Passing a criminal background check (see COE Graduate Program
    section of catalog for complete requirements).
  3. Required Assessments for Admission
        A. GRE or MAT (All applicants must submit scores that are within the last
        five years.)
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE must have been taken within the last five years)
      Regular admission: minimum of 300 on the test overall
      (Or a score of at least 146 on the Verbal subtest)
    • Miller’s Analogy Test (MAT must have been taken within the last five years)
      Regular admission: minimum of 388
        B. Successful performance on the GACE Program Admissions Assessment. 
        Passing scores include a score of 250 or above. (All applicants for School
    must submit scores that are within the last five years). School
        Counseling applicants may exempt GACE Program Admission with:
              SAT – composite of 1000 using verbal and math scores
              ACT – composite of 43 using verbal and quantitative scores
              GRE – combined score of 297 using verbal and quantitative (re-centered
                         from 1030)
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation Applicants will include at least
    three professional recommendations using specified forms.
  5. 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.
  6. 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:
    • Applicants’ potential for forming effective interpersonal
      relationships in individual and group contexts
    • Applicants’ openness to self-examination and personal and
      professional growth
    • 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
      non-academic issues.
  7. Passing score on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Basic Skills test (School Counseling program applicants only)

Contact Us

   Dr. Richard Deaner 

   University Hall, Suite 325
   2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904


In order for an individual to be considered and then invited for an interview, the online application and all materials must be received on or before the deadlines below.

Application Deadlines:

Fall (Early): February 28

Fall: April 2

Spring: November 2

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