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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, Area Coordinator

M.Ed. Professional Counseling, School Counseling concentration
Dr. Susan Boes, School Counseling Coordinator
Dr. Mark S. Parrish, Area Coordinator

M.Ed. Professional Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (formerly Community Counseling) concentration
Dr. Mark S. Parrish, Community Counseling Coordinator

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

Ed.S. Professional Counseling and Supervision
Dr. Mark S. Parrish, Ed.S. Coordinator

Ed.D. Professional Counseling and Supervision
Dr. Debra Cobia, Program Director
Dr. Mark S. Parrish, Area Coordinator

 

2012-2013 Program Information

During Academic Year 2012/2013 the University of West Georgia had 37 graduates from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (formerly Community Counseling) and School Counseling programs. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on the national counselor preparation, licensing and certification examinations: (1) our students consistently perform at least one standard deviation above the national mean on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE); (2) the 2012/2013 pass rate for our graduates on the National Counselor Examination (NCE) was 96%; and (3) the 2012/2013 pass rate for our graduates taking the GACE School Counseling Content Tests I & II was 95%. Of the admitted students, over the past 3 years, 91% graduate from the program within the expected time period, and 75% of those program graduates who responded to surveys are actively seeking jobs, or are employed in the counseling profession.  

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at University of West Georgia is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation runs through October 31, 2016. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The counseling program intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines.)

 

 

Admissions

 

M.Ed. in Community and School Counseling and Iniitital Certification
-2.7 Undergraduate GPA
-Minimum GRE composite score of: a.  800 (before to August 1, 2011, minimum of 400 verbal and 400/3.5 quantitative or analytical writing), or b.  286 (after August 1,2011, minimum of 146 verbal and 140/3.5 analytical writing)
-Resume
-Written personal narrative describing the reasons for applying to the program, an analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses related to chosen option, career goals, and anticipated benefits from the program.
-Interview with faculty. This interview will focus on the assessment of factors such as emotional maturity, professional related experience, readiness for the program, life experiences, attitude, compatibility with department goals, and communication/interpersonal skills.

School Counseling Applicants ONLY:
a.  Passing score on the GACE Basic Skills exam (http://www.gace.nesinc.com)
b.  The GACE Basic Skills exam can be exempted with the following scores:
1. SAT Composite score: 1000 on Verbal and Math
2. ACT Composite score: 43 on English and Math
3. GRE Composite score: 1030 on Verbal and Quantitative (before 8/1/2011) GRE Composite score: 297 on Verbal and Quantitative (on or after 8/1/2011)

M.Ed. in College Student Affairs
-2.7 Undergraduate GPA
-Minimum GRE composite score of: a.  800 (before to August 1, 2011, minimum of 400 verbal and 400/3.5 quantitative or analytical writing), or b.  286 (after August 1,2011, minimum of 146 verbal and 140/3.5 analytical writing)
-Written personal narrative describing the reasons for applying to the program, an analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses related to chosen option, career goals, and anticipated benefits from the program
-Interview with faculty. This interview will focus on the assessment of factors such as emotional maturity, professional related experience, readiness for the program, life experiences, attitude, compatibility with department goals, and communication/interpersonal skills.
-Resumé

Ed.S. in Professional Counseling
-Master's degree in counseling or very closely related field
-3.0 graduate GPA
-Minimum GRE composite score of 800 (prior to August 1, 2011, minimum of 400 verbal and 400/3.5 quantitative or analytical writing) or GRE composite score of 286 (on or after August 1, 2011, minimum of 146 verbal and 140/3.5 quantitative or analytical writing)
-Resume'
-Written personal narrative describing the reasons for applying to the program, an analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses related to chosen option, career goals, and anticipated benefits from the program.
-Interview with faculty. This interview will focus on the assessment of factors such as emotional maturity, professional related experience, readiness for the program, life experiences, attitude, compatibility with department goals, and communication/interpersonal skills.

Ed.D. in Professional Counseling and Supervision
- An official transcript of all graduate level work
- Applicants must have an Education Specialist degree in Counseling Education from an accredited program. Applicants must have a master’s degree in counseling from a CACREP accredited program.  If the program was not CACREP accredited at the time of the applicant’s graduation, the applicant must demonstrate that the program was CACREP equivalent.
- A cumulative minimum graduate grade point average (PGA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is required for all graduate course work.
- Copy of certification or licensure. 
- Applicants must be certified as a Professional School Counselor and/or licensed as a Professional Counselor.
- GRE scores.  A minimum composite score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) of 1000 with at least 450 on the verbal section and 450 on the quantitative or analytical section is required for tests taken before October 2002.  Tests taken after October 2002 require verbal and quantitative scores. NEW GRE scoring effective August, 2011.  Minimum expected scores are:  Verbal Reasoning 151 and Quantitative Reasoning 142.
- A 300 - 500 word essay.  The essay presents the applicant's professional goals and how the doctorate in Professional Counseling Supervision will contribute to achieving those goals.
- Three recommendations on the Professional Counseling and Supervision recommendation form. The recommendations must be from professionals who are familiar with the applicant’s professional qualities.
- A vitae listing contact information, educational background, employment history, awards and recognitions, presentations, etc. is required.
- Applicants must have at least three years of experience in private or public schools, community agency, hospital, or private practice.
- A letter from the applicant’s administrative supervisor indicating support for their doctoral studies and related activities.
- An interview with a team of faculty members to be scheduled (BY THE PROGRAM) after the review of submitted materials.
- An on-site writing sample.

 

 

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