Degrees and Programs
The department of Psychology and Counseling offers programs leading to the M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees with a major in school counseling. These programs train and endorse students specifically for employment in the public school setting. Students in these programs are required to satisfy all Georgia Professional Standards Commission requirements for Certification as a component part of the degree programs.
Master of Education (M.Ed.) students are trained to become scholars/practitioners, who think critically and apply their knowledge with skills and compassion. This program requires a total of 48 semester hours along with competency in curriculum, special education, and computer usage. The ME.d. School Counseling Program is a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited degree program.
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) students are trained to become leaders and researchers in school counseling. For these already certified school counselors, the program is designed to enhance and advance their knowledge and skills beyond the Master's level. Students are required to complete a total of 27 semester hours in the area of counseling, supervision, leadership, consultation, research, and mental health care systems.Program Information
The courses for the ME.d. program consist of core and school counseling specialty courses. These courses are provided in a sequence where students must take those advised by their faculty advisor. Students attending on a full time schedule normally take 9 to 12 credit hours per semester including the summer sessions. Those attending on a part time schedule usually take 6 to 9 credit hours per semester including the summer sessions.
The courses in the Ed.S. program consist of core and advanced program courses.
All students in the ME.d. program are required to take the following examinations to demonstrate competency in the profession of counseling with a specialty in school counseling.
Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) - Students take this national exam the semester before beginning their final internship (II). An application and fee are required to take this exam. A study guide is available for all students through the Odum Library Reference Desk.
A Comprehensive Developmental School Counseling Program (CDSCP) portfolio - Students complete the various components of this portfolio as class assignments during their course of study. The CDSCP portfolio is completed and turned in (electronically and as a hard copy) during their last internship.
Students are expected to become members of a professional organization and also make one presentation at a professional conference. Most students choose to join and present at the Georgia School Counselors Association (GSCA), however some do join the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).
New Student Orientation
All newly admitted students are required to attend a one hour program orientation during the first month of the first semester you are admitted to the program. The New Student Orientation is usually one hour in length and is held just before a class (4 - 5pm). During this meeting each student is given a current student handbook which details the programs' requirements and expectations.