What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Does Not Admit
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: December 1

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.

There will be no disadvantage for applicants to the School Counseling M.Ed. program who decide not to submit GRE scores for the December 1, 2020 deadline.  The GRE requirement is waived for 2021 applicants.

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.

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.

There will be no disadvantage for applicants to the School Counseling M.Ed. program who decide not to submit GRE scores for the December 1, 2020 deadline.  The GRE requirement is waived for 2021 applicants.

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.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Does Not Admit
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: December 1

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

Careers

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

Program Details

Non-Degree Application Deadline:

Fall: May 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 1

Degree Application Deadline:

Fall: Does Not Admit
Spring: Does Not Admit
Summer: December 1

Application Requirements:

When applying to the School Counseling, M.Ed. non-degree and degree programs, 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 transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

GRE scores:

  • Institution code 5251
  • Scores may not be more than five years old at time of application submission.

If you do not already meet certification requirements in Georgia, you will also need to complete the following prior to program admission:

  • GACE Program Admission Assessment
  • You may exempt this test if you have received appropriate minimum scores on the ACT/GRE/or SAT.
  • For exemption score details, click here.
  • Click here for information and how to register for the GACE Program Admission Assessment.

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 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.

Fellowships

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.

Description

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

 

Faculty

Robert Rice, Program Coordinator
Erin Mason
Laura Shannonhouse

Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinator
Robert E. Rice, Ph.D.
rrice3@gsu.edu

Counseling and Psychological Services
cpsadmissions@gsu.edu
404-413-8200

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

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