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Counselor Education, M.Ed

About the Program

The Counselor Education program prepares professional counselors to work in school, community agency, and post-secondary educational settings.  The course of study includes a comprehensive counseling knowledge base presented through didactic and experiential coursework and clinical field-based experiences, including a 600 hour internship. This knowledge base includes counseling skills and theories, developmental processes, multicultural issues, assessment, individual and group counseling, and professional ethics.

The M.Ed. in the Counselor Education program has two concentrations: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Both concentrations are accredited by CACREP (the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs). The program is designed to meet the academic requirements to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Courses are offered on the Georgia Southern Campus in Statesboro, GA.

Concentration One: School Counseling
This concentration is designed for people who wish to pursue a career in school counseling. It does not require Professional Level Four Certification for admission. The concentration is designed for students to meet the requirements for school counseling certification in Georgia. (60 hours)

Concentration: Two: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
This concentration is designed for people who wish to provide clinical mental health counseling in community agency settings (public, non-profit, and for profit). (60 hours)

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Admission Requirements

  1. Complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Present a cumulative 2.50 (4.0 scale) grade point average or higher on all undergraduate and graduate work combined.
  3. Submit a personal statement of purpose, not to exceed 1000 words, that identifies the applicant’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and how admission into the program relates to the applicant’s professional goals and aspirations.
  4. Submit a current resume.
  5. Submit two letters of recommendation
  6. Submit a completed “Disclosure and Affirmation Form” that addresses misconduct disclosure, criminal background check, the Code of Ethics for Educators, and tort liability insurance.
  7. Participate in an on-campus interview.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (

Applicants may be approved for provisional admission based on the quality of the admission material presented. Provisional students must earn grades of ‘B’ or higher in their first nine (9) hours of course work after admission and meet any other stipulations outlined by the department to be converted to regular status.

Acquiring School Counseling Certification for Those who Already Hold a Master’s Degree:

Persons who hold a master’s degree in a field other than School Counseling may earn the Program’s recommendation for the School Counselor Level Five Certificate by completing the M.Ed. in Counselor Education, School Counseling Concentration One. Up to three courses from a previous master’s program may be applied toward degree requirements.



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February 1*

*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Program Contact Information

Graduate Academic Services Center

Last updated: 6/22/2023