graduate programSchool Counseling M.Ed.

School counseling with a concentration in elementary/middle school, master of education (M.Ed.)

The M.Ed. degree in school counseling at the elementary and middle school level is designed for those who want to work as school counselors for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

This program gives students the skills to counsel pupils, parents and teachers; to advocate for students and parents; to assist students in becoming college and career ready; and to coordinate the resources of the school and the community in order to meet the developmental needs of their students.

Students will also learn leadership skills, cooperative methods for working with administrators and data use for student advocacy. Students will gain expertise in child growth and development, assessment, group process facilitation, interviewing and consultation skills, classroom intervention techniques, interpersonal dynamics and school curriculum.

School counseling with a concentration in secondary school, master of education (M.Ed.)

The M.Ed. degree in school counseling at the secondary school level is designed for those who want to work as school counselors for students in ninth through 12th grade.

This program gives students the skills to counsel pupils, parents and teachers; to advocate for students and parents; to assist students in becoming college and career ready; and to coordinate the resources of the school and the community in order to meet the developmental needs of their students. Students will also learn leadership skills, cooperative methods for working with administrators, and data use for student advocacy.

Students will gain expertise in child growth and development, assessment, group process facilitation, interviewing and consultation skills, classroom intervention techniques, interpersonal dynamics and school curriculum.

Both programs follow the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) national model and is accredited by Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Resources

Course description and classes

View the GSU Graduate Catalog 

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.