Counselor Education and College Student Affairs

Welcome to Counselor Education and College Student Affairs!

We welcome your interest in our programs. Our faculty are committed to the preparation of professional counselors who will serve in community settings, mental health facilities, hospitals, college campuses, and schools. We offer the following programs:


Current counseling students, click here for Field Experiences!

Counselor Education and College Student Affairs Faculty Contacts

Counselor Education Program (CEP)
Dr. Mark S. Parrish, Interim Department Chair

M.Ed. Professional Counseling (Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling)
Dr. Julia Whisenhunt, Interim Program Co-Coordinator

M.Ed. Professional Counseling (College Student Affairs)
Dr. Matt Varga, CSA Program Director

Ed.S. Professional Counseling and Supervision
Dr. Julia Chibbaro, Interim Ed.S. Co-Coordinator

Ed.D. Professional Counseling and Supervision
Dr. Debra Cobia, Program Director



The University of West Georgia affirms the equal dignity of each person by valuing cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in students, faculty, and staff. The Department of Clinical and Professional Studies (CPS) is committed to recruiting a diverse student body and fostering an educational environment in which diversity is embraced. As such, CPS will not tolerate discrimination against any persons.


2013-2014 Program Information

During Academic Year 2013/2014, the University of West Georgia M.Ed. in Professional Counseling (Community and School) had 171 active majors and 18 graduates. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on the national counselor preparation, licensing and certification examinations. Of the reported scores, our graduates achieved the following pass rates on professional examinations: (1) the 2013/2014 pass rate for our graduates on the National Counselor Examination (NCE) was 88%; and (2) the 2013/2014 pass rate for our graduates taking the GACE School Counseling Content Tests I & II was 100%. Of the admitted students, we have a completion rate of approximately 95%, and a job placement rate of approximately 90%.




Click here for information about admissions requirements and deadlines for the M.Ed. in Professional Counseling programs.
Apply to the Counselor Education and College Student Affairs programs here!