College of Education Offers New Degree

Friday, April 25, 2008

The University of West Georgia will begin offering a new doctoral degree next year after the Board of Regents granted the request from the UWG Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology this month.

The new doctoral program in Professional Counseling and Supervision is a culmination of years of planning and preparation by the faculty, said Dr. Brent Snow, professor and chair of the department.

“This is a faculty that has been identified by the Education Trust as a national leader and pioneer in counseling,” said Snow. “In addition, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Applied Research & Educational Improvement has also identified this department as having achieved both state and national recognition with faculty being looked to as leaders in the field.”

Classes for the Ed.D in Professional Counseling and Supervision are expected to begin in the summer of 2009 with applications being accepted in the spring of 2009. 

The CEP department is one of six university departments in the United States to receive funding from the Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund to transform school counseling at the graduate level and subsequently in the schools. The department received $450,000 over a three-year period to implement the initiative. That grant is the largest private funding grant in the history of UWG.

The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology is part of the UWG College of Education. COE Dean Kent Layton said the new degree is another way the university will serve the community.

“This is an exceptional opportunity not only for the university, but for those individuals in the West Georgia region and beyond who are interested in increasing their knowledge of counseling, evaluation, leadership, advocacy, supervision and mentoring,” said Layton. “The new doctoral degree was designed especially for currently practicing professional counselors and for providing application of new knowledge that impacts P-12 schools and agencies in the surrounding communities.

West Georgia has been named as one of four institutions in the state as a comprehensive doctoral granting universities in the “robust tier” of University System of Georgia. As a result, more doctoral programs will be developed at UWG.

The doctoral program will appeal to outstanding school and community counselors desiring to further education in professional counseling, leadership, supervision and evaluation.