graduate programSchool Counseling M.Ed.

Overview

  • Elementary/Middle School Concentration: Prepares students to be a school counselor in grades K-8
  • Secondary School Concentration: Prepares students to be a school counselor in grades 9-12
  • Skills Gained: Counsel pupils, parents and teachers; assist students plan for college/career; coordinate resources of school/community to meet development needs of students; and 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.\

  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university
  • Interest in making an impact on K-12 students' college and career readiness
  • Ability to be a full-time student

  • A minimum of 60 semester hours is required to receive your degree
  • 6 semesters or 2 years
  • Typically, you will register for 9-12 credit hours per semester

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

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.

Contacts
CPS Admissions
cpsadmissions@gsu.edu
404-413-8200
Robert E. Rice, Ph.D.
rrice3@gsu.edu
404-413-8189
Faculty

Application Deadlines

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Application Requirements

  • Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) & GACE Program Admission or meets certification requirements in Georgia. GRE scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application. More information at www.gre.org
  • Three letters of recommendation. 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. Also, goals statement, resume and interview.
  • Undergrad GPA of 2.50

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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.


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