The Master of Education in Counselor Education degree is a CACREP-accredited program that 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).

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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.


Augusta University's Counselor Education Program trains professional counselors at the graduate level in the specializations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. The program acknowledges a commitment both to the students who will pursue preparation as professional counselors and to the larger public served by our graduates, for whom we all share a responsibility. It is due to this commitment that the faculty holds high standards in the process of training professional counselors. 

As the second largest metropolitan area in Georgia, Augusta has a large urban population; yet, we also serve suburban and rural communities. From this unique vantage point, we recognize the need to address the economic, educational, and sociocultural inequalities that exist in our community. As a result, we expect students to develop a commitment to community service, both for the prevention and remediation of life's problems, and to the pursuit of excellence in the counseling profession. Both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and School Counseling program have purpose statements more specific to each specialty area: 

M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Purpose Statement 

The purpose of the AU Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is to prepare highly skilled professional counselors for work in a range of community and agency settings.  Graduates effectively assess client needs, prepare relevant treatment plans, and utilize theoretically driven therapeutic services that facilitate client growth, resiliency and wellness in both individual and group formats. They respect human diversity, demonstrate leadership capabilities, demonstrate an understanding of the organizational and administrative aspects of delivering counseling services, and apply appropriate ethical principles of the profession. 

M.Ed. in School Counseling Program Purpose Statement 

The purpose of the AU School Counseling Program is to prepare highly skilled professional school counselors for work in a range of K-12 school settings. Through training in leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and systemic change, graduates provide individual, group, and classroom guidance services that enhance K-12 students' academic success and increase student social/emotional development and career preparedness. Graduates implement prevention and intervention measures that promote wellness and resiliency and demonstrate leadership, service, and advocacy for systemic change. Graduates adhere to the ethical principles of the profession, respect human diversity, and are knowledgeable in needs assessment, program development and evaluation, and the overall management of a comprehensive school counseling program. 

  1. A minimum of a 2.5 undergraduate GPA
    • MAT (must have been taken within the last five years)
      minimum of 388 on total score
    • Official GACE Program Admissions Assessment (GACE Basic Skills)
      Passing Scores (score of 250 or higher required in each section) OR combined total (all three sections) of 750

      May exempt GACE Basic Skills if:
      SAT - scored 1080 or higher (Critical Reading and Math combined), if after July 1, 2019; scored 1000 or higher (Critical Reading and Math combined), if before July 1, 2019
      ACT - scored 43 or higher (English and Math combined)
      GRE - scored a 297 or higher (Quantitative and Verbal combined)
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Passing a criminal background check.

Contact Us

      Dr. Meredith Rausch 

  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 28th

Fall: April 2nd

Application: November 2nd
Supporting Documents: November 20th

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CEP CACREP Vital Stats

CEP CACREP Program Evaluation Report