School Counseling

The school counseling program within the Counseling and Psychological Services department is an on-campus learning experience dedicated to preparing students 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. Three programs are offered.

School Counseling M.Ed. School Counseling Ed.S. Initial Certification in School Counseling 

GSU School Counseling 2013-2014 CACREP Outcome Data Report

The Department accepts a maximum of 25 students each year. Ninety five percent of accepted students graduate in the expected time period, i.e., two years for full-time students and three years for part-time students. Approximately 40 students are currently enrolled in the program, and an average of 20 students graduate each year.

Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates for the required Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) and the voluntary National Board for Certified Counselors’ National Counselor Exam (NCE). The pass rate for graduates taking the GACE during the years 2010 to 2014 was 100%. Graduates who chose to take the NCE during those years had a pass rate of 100%.

Typically, 100% of program graduates actively seeking jobs are employed as school counselors. For the 2013 graduating class, 100% secured a school counseling position. For the 2014 graduating class, 95% secured a school counseling position--approximately 47% in elementary schools, 20% in middle schools, and 33% in high schools.


(Academic Year)

Active MED SCO Students

GACE Pass Rate

*NCE Pass Rate

Number of MED SCO graduates

**Job Placement Rate

Number of EdS Graduates

2009-2010 43 100% 100% 28 100%


2010-2011 35 100% 100% 24 100%


2011-2012 31 100% 100% 20 100%


2012-2013 34 100% 100% 13 100%


2013-2014 41 100% 100% 16 95%


*NCE Examination Pass Rate This represents the pass rate of school counseling students who have chosen to take the NCE to become nationally certified.

**Job Placement Rate The job placement rate provided above represents only the program graduates who were actively seeking employment as school counselors.

Today’s professional school counselors work as educational leaders in a diverse urban and/or suburban school community to help all students maximize their potential for success in the world. Now, as graduates, they are poised to influence and shape the community, bringing unique insights to the historic, cultural, artistic, commercial and scientific opportunities throughout the city.

CACREP logoAccreditation

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.

Program Contacts

CPS Admissions
Robert E. Rice, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator

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