Master of Education with a Major in Counselor Education
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- Student-centered program where mentoring is emphasized and wellness is promoted
- Small intimate classes where individual academic needs are honored, facilitated, and supported
- Award winning faculty in areas related to social justice, mentoring, scholarship, and teaching excellence
- Faculty provide opportunities for students to collaborate with professional presentations, research, and scholarship
About the Program
The Counselor Education Master of Education (MEd) prepares candidates for professional careers as counselors in schools or clinical mental health settings (including private practice). Each program is structured in a meaningful manner that allows the candidate to grow personally, educationally, and professionally as a dynamic counselor who is prepared to enhance the lives of diverse students and/or clients across the lifespan.
Both the School Counseling and the Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This nationally recognized CACREP-accreditation ensures that both programs adhere to the highest standards regarding training counselors. The notion of social justice is promoted within the programs as candidates become aware of social barriers and possibilities regarding future professional aspirations. Both programs provide learning opportunities and experiences whereby candidates build awareness, knowledge, and skills as a culturally sensitive counselor while aspiring to become a change agent in schools and communities.
SCHOOL COUNSELING The School Counseling MEd program prepares candidates who are eligible to become certified school counselors.
CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) MEd program prepares candidates who are eligible to become Licensed Professional Counselors.
Applicants seeking a degree in Counselor Education come from a diverse range of disciplines and seek to support children, adults, families, and underserved populations in the school and community. Prior work experience in mental health or educational settings is not required in order to apply to programs. Applicants have included recent graduates from undergraduate programs as well as individuals seeking meaningful paths toward career advancement and change.
What can I do with an M.Ed. in Counselor Education?
A degree in School Counseling allows an individual to become eligible to earn certification as a school counselor and to work in P-12 schools. A degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) allows an individual to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
According to current Georgia licensure requirements, a graduate with an M.Ed. (from a CACREP – accredited program) must accrue three-years post-master’s clinical experience under the supervision of an approved clinical supervisor in order to earn LPC status. An M.Ed. in CMHC will allow an individual to gain employment in settings such as hospitals and/or community agencies (military and civilian) while earning LPC status. Once a candidate earns LPC status, they will be able to seek employment as an LPC in a private practice setting.