Masters Program Details
The Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Professional Counseling is designed for graduate students preparing for employment as professional counselors in schools, community agencies, and colleges or universities or for careers in college student services in colleges and universities. Three options of study, School Counseling, Community Counseling, and College Student Affairs, are available.
The M.Ed. in Professional Counseling is designed for graduate students preparing for employment as professional counselors in schools, community agencies, and colleges or universities or for careers in college student services in colleges and universities. Three options of study, School Counseling, Community Counseling, and College Student Affairs, are available. The School Counseling and Community Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Educational Related Programs (CACREP) and each consists of a minimum of 48 semester hours (2 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.
Method of Delivery
Program is partially online (about 1/3 online; 1/3 hybrid; 1/3 face-to-face)
Credit & Transfer
Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 48
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
Tuition & Fees
Access to current technological tools is required along with a subscription to the TK20 portfolio and evaluation program.
Program is partially online (about 1/3 online; 1/3 hybrid; 1/3 face-to-face)
Description: An introduction to selected, prominent counseling theories with emphasis placed upon short-term therapies. Focus is on relating theory to practice and on comparing and contrasting the key concepts, techniques, counselor and client roles, counselor-client relationships, methods of assessment and the contributions and limitations of each theory.
Description: An overview of basic, therapeutic interviewing skill building through practice and feedback to develop personal strengths in counseling. This course also provides students with an orientation to professional counseling organizations, the developmental history of the counseling profession, as well as ethical, legal and professional issues.
Description: This course provides an overview of professional community counseling including historical perspective; ethical and legal issues; licensure, certification, and other credentialing; as well as rules and functions of professional community counselors. Students will have opportunities to interact with community counselors and clients, assess community mental health needs, and learn about the organization and function of community counseling agencies. Additionally, counseling implications of multi- culturalism and technology will be discussed.
Description: Methods for the assessment of individuals in counseling will be taught, including clinical interviewing techniques, mental status exam, test selection, administration, scoring, interpretation, and reporting of results. The selection and interpretation of assessment tools will be organized around the symptoms of mental and emotional disorders as defined in the most recent edition of the APA Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
Description: This course introduces group work as practiced in community agencies and schools. The principles and practices of group procedures, and the nature and types of groups useful in specific settings will be included.
Description: Advanced professional counseling experience for graduate students in community counseling program must be taken for a maximum of 6 hours credit as part of M.Ed. program. May be repeated for credit as part of Ed.S. program with prior approval of advisor.
Description: This course emphasizes supervision of individual and group counseling conducted in both laboratory and community settings. Audio/videotaping of sessions is required. In addition to onsite supervision, individual and group faculty supervision is a requirement of the course. A minimum of 150 hours is required. The breakdown of these hours is specified in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Practicum and Internship Handbook.
Description: This course is designed to provide an understanding of abnormal behavior in the context of the diagnostic categories as described in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder and the multiaxial diagnostic system. Particular emphasis will be placed on the processes of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders and factors influencing these.
Description: This course focuses on career development as related to guidance and counseling across the life span. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of the world of work, career development for students and clients, and applied career theories. Counseling strategies are emphasized in the context of advocacy for equal access opportunities for all students.
Description: An examination of selected issues relevant to understanding multicultural lifespan differences, counseling process and practice.
Description: This course emphasizes 'theory to practice' by providing experiences that allow students to assess and develop their personal leadership while emphasizing the values, knowledge and skills required for effective advocacy and brokering of services through consultation and collaboration Special emphasis is placed on the development of skills in planning, organizing, coordinating and delivering programs that generate systematic change. Use of data to identify needs, remove barriers and mobilize resources from schools and communities in order to increase options for students and clients are primary themes throughout the course.
Description: This course is designed to provide counselors with the research knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate individual and group counseling interventions, as well as educational programs. An emphasis will be placed on the collection and use of quantitative and qualitative data to evaluate programs. Counselors in training will also learn how to communicate data and findings to others to effect change and to act as advocates for students/clients.
Description: This graduate course is a study of human growth and development from birth through aging and death. The course focuses on areas of physical, cognitive, social, personality, and emotional development as a series of progressive changes resulting from the biological being's interactions with the environment. Special emphasis is placed on the development characteristics of school age youth within a multicultural and diverse society.
This describes the general information about faculty for this program.
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
- International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
- Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.
Program-specific Admittance Guidelines
The admission process begins with application to the Graduate Studies. The application and all materials are submitted to Graduate Studies. Files will be reviewed in the department only after all materials are received. Admissions to the M.Ed. Professional Counseling (Community or School) and the Initial Certification programs are made each semester (summer, fall, spring). Admissions to the M.Ed. Professional Counseling (College Student Affairs) are made only in the fall semester with application deadline in the prior February.
1. 2.7 Undergraduate GPA
2. 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) 3. School Counseling Applicants ONLY:
a. Passing score on the GACE Basic Skills exam (GACE Website: http://www.gace.nesinc.com/)
4. 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.
5. 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.
Fall Admission application deadline is June 3
Spring Admission application deadline is October 7
Summer Admission application deadline is March 2
Admission Process Checklist
The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/apply-now.php
One exception: If you will not ever be travelling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
Dr. Mark S. Parrish, Ph.D., LPC
Coordinator, Area of Counselor Education & College Student Affairs
Dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc:
- Fall semesters http://www.westga.edu/registrar/index_15929.php
- Spring semesters http://www.westga.edu/registrar/index_18490.php
- Summer semesters http://www.westga.edu/registrar/index_15835.php
Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines:
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions consistent with professional orientation and ethical practice
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions consistent with career development
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions consistent with social and cultural diversity
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions consistent with human growth and development
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions consistent with helping relationships
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions consistent with group work
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions consistent with assessment
- Demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions consistent with research and program evaluation