M.Ed. in Professional Counseling
The M.Ed. in Professional Counseling is designed for graduate students preparing for employment as professional counselors in schools, clinical mental health agencies, and colleges or universities or for careers in college student services in colleges and universities. Three options of study, School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (formerly Community Counseling), and College Student Affairs, are available. The School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (formerly Community Counseling) programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Educational Related Programs (CACREP). The School Counseling program requires a minimum of 48 semester hours (2 years of full time study), and the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (formerly Community Counseling) program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours (3 years of full time study). The College Student Affairs program consists of a minimum of 42 semester hours and adheres to CAS standards. A student will receive faculty endorsement only for the relevant option and plan of study completed.
The Counselor Education Program at the University of West Georgia provides educational excellence in a personal environment through:
- challenging and supporting personal and professional development of students and faculty;
- promoting evidence based practice;
- teaching from a knowledge base grounded in research;
- affirming diversity of ideas, values and persons;
- upholding the highest ethical principles in professional conduct;
- communicating new knowledge and ideas through applied research; and
- engaging in collaborative relationships with colleagues, institutions, and communities.
We are committed to the education of exemplary practitioners through adherence to the highest professional preparation standards.