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How long will it take?

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Does Not Admit
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: December 1 (firm deadline – all requirements must be met by this date)

Same dates for both Degree and Non-Degree Applications.

School Counseling, M.Ed.

The school counseling M.Ed. program is an on-campus learning experience dedicated to preparing you to use school data to design, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate school counseling programs.

We promote academic success, college and career readiness and personal/social skills.

There is also a non-degree version of our School Counseling program. View the requirements and deadlines in the Admissions Requirements tab below.

Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students who live or plan to live outside Georgia and are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. To help students find the best-known contact information for the appropriate state licensing board and for a list of Georgia State program contacts, visit the Student Consumer Information website.

Program Highlights

The What and Why of My Program

Find out what brought these two students to Georgia State to study School Counseling.

“The heart of Atlanta has a population that I’m highly interested in working with.” — Moya Grant

“I want to help students find their voice and make sure their voice is heard.” — Brittney Norment

Program Details

Application Requirements:

When applying to the School Counseling, M.Ed. program or the School Counseling non-degree program, you will need to submit several documents for review:

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (identify your recommender on the application)
  • Official Transcript: minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA required for admission
    • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to gradapplytranscripts@gsu.edu or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302

Please Note:

Interviews will be conducted by department faculty — you will be notified if you are selected for an interview.

The School Counseling M.Ed. degree program consists of the following requirements (credit hours in parenthesis):
  • Professional Studies (9)
  • Teaching Field/Major (42) – this includes 3 credit hours in electives and a choice of one (3 credit hours) class in one of the following: an introduction to play therapy, aspects of human sexuality or biopsychosocial aspects of addiction
  • Applied Practice (9)
Program total: minimum of 60 semester hours
For more information visit our catalog entry.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator

Our calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.

Our model for school counselor preparation is based on the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model for School Counseling Programs® and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards for school counseling programs.

Elementary/Middle School Concentration: Prepares students to be a school counselor in kindergarten through 8th grades.
Secondary School Concentration: Prepares students to be a school counselor in grades 9-12.
Skills Gained: Counsel pupils, parents and teachers; assist students in planning for college/career; coordinate school and community resources to meet development needs of students; and employ cooperative methods for working with administrators and data use for student advocacy.
Expertise: Child growth and development, assessment, group-process facilitation, interviewing and consultation skills, classroom intervention techniques, interpersonal dynamics and school curriculum.
Accreditation: Our program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation in School Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Approach: We follow the American School Counselor Association ASCA Model to prepare students to run a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program.

The program for the major in school counseling is designed to prepare students for certification. Degree requirements may exceed the minimum number of hours for professional certification. The ACA requires 700 hours of supervision during practicum/internship in School Counseling. In addition, the Counseling and Psychological Services Department requires 200 hours of supervision in school counseling during practicum/internship for students that do not possess a S-5 certification in Georgia Public Schools. The School Counseling program offers concentrations in either elementary/middle school or secondary school.

School Counseling Student Handbook

Current Model Program



Robert Rice, Program Coordinator
Erin Mason
Laura Shannonhouse



We have graduates who work as school counselors in the following area school systems (among others):

  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Cobb County School District
  • DeKalb County School District
  • Fulton County School District
  • Gwinnett County School District
  • Forsyth County School District


Counseling and Psychological Services

Mailing Address & Office Location
Counseling and Psychological Services
College of Education & Human Development
30 Pryor St. SW
Room 950
Atlanta, GA 30303

30 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.