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The Initial Certification program in school counseling is a non-degree program. This program is designed for students who already have a graduate degree in counseling (such as mental health counseling, professional counseling, or community counseling) but need the courses to pursue state certification in school counseling. Applicants wishing to pursue the initial certification/non-degree program in school counseling must hold a master's degree in counseling from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Department of Counseling and Psychological Services offers the initial certification/non-degree program in school counseling to students who have a graduate degree in counseling (such as mental health counseling, professional counseling, or community counseling) but need the courses to pursue state certification in school counseling.

Students wishing to pursue the initial certification/non-degree program in school counseling must hold a master's degree in counseling from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

An applicant can contact CACREP at 1-800-347-6647 ext. 301 to see if his/her program is a CACREP program. An applicant can also review the CACREP site list at http://www.counseling.org/.

If you DO NOT have a CACREP accredited master’s degree in counseling already, but are still interesting in school counseling, please view our School Counseling M.Ed..

If you DO have a CACREP accredited master’s degree in counseling and are, therefore, eligible for the initial certification program in school counseling, please see the information below to learn more about the initial certification program in school counseling.

Students interested in the initial certification/non-degree program must submit the same application materials required by the School Counseling M.Ed. program. View the admissions information below for application requirements and deadlines. The application for the initial certification program in school counseling is due on the same date as the application for the School Counseling M.Ed. program.


CPS Admissions
cpsadmissions@gsu.edu
404-413-8200
404-413-8475

Deadlines
  • Fall » Does not admit
  • Spring » Does not admit
  • Summer » December 1
Entrance Test GRE and GACE program admission or meets certification requirements in Georgia
Undergrad GPA 3.30 graduate GPA and master's degree from a CACREP accredited program
Recommendation Letters Three letters of recommendation
Other Supporting Materials Goals statement, resume, interview
Contact cpsadmissions@gsu.edu
Graduate Admissions Information

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  • Take note of the deadlines.
  • “GACE Program Admission” means that the applicant must have passed all three basic skills areas of the GACE Program Admission Assessment.
  • “Georgia Educator Ethics — Program Entry Assessment” means that the applicant must take this assessment (applicants to Educational Leadership programs take the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership — Program Entry Assessment, instead). You will receive a certificate once you complete the assessment.
  • GRE scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application.
  • All documents and materials submitted in consideration for admission to a program become the property of Georgia State University and cannot be returned at any time.

Ph.D. GRE Admission Guidelines

An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is required for admission to Ph.D. programs in the College of Education and Human Development. While it is important to note that GRE scores are used along with other criteria established by departments and programs when determining admission, a score of 155 or higher on the verbal section and 151 or higher on the quantitative section will make the application more competitive.

GACE Program Admission & Georgia Educator Ethics (Program Entry) Assessments

Students seeking admission to a program for initial certification from the State of Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) are required to pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment (or provide an exemption — Attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of Master’s degrees) and the Georgia Educator Ethics — Program Entry Assessment (applicants for the Educational Leadership programs take the Georgia Ethics for Educational Leadership — Program Entry Assessment, instead). Applicants who are already certified or meet certification requirements in the State of Georgia do not have to meet this requirement. For more information about these assessments, visit GACE & Georgia Educator Ethics.

The GACE Program Admission Assessment can be exempted based on certain scores from the GRE, the SAT or the ACT (Attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of Master’s degrees). The current options for satisfying the GACE Program Admission Assessment, including exemptions (attention: GSU will not exempt for holders of master’s degrees), are outlined here  (scroll to “Options to Satisfy the Program Admission Requirement”) Go to GACE’s “about” page for more information about the GACE Program Admission Assessment, including test dates and registration.