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!

Clinical Mental Health: 2017-18, the University of West Georgia M.Ed. in Professional Counseling had 46 active majors and 17 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 the 2017-2018 administrations of the National Counselor Examination (NCE): 94%. Of the admitted students to the CMHC program, we have a completion rate of approximately 83%, and a job placement rate of approximately 98%.

School Counseling: 2017-18, the University of West Georgia M.Ed. in Professional Counseling () had 35 active majors and 25 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 the 2017-2018 administrations of the GACE School Counseling Content Tests I & II:  97%. Of the admitted students to the School Counseling program, we have a completion rate of approximately 100%, and a job placement rate of approximately 98%.

Counselor Education and College Student Affairs Faculty Contacts

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

M.Ed. Professional Counseling (Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling)
Dr. Christy Land, Program Inquiry Contact, Area of Counselor Education

M.Ed. Professional Counseling (College Student Affairs)
Dr. Dena Kniess, Program Coordinator

Ed.S. Professional Counseling and Supervision
Dr. Matt Varga, Program Coordinator

Ed.D. Professional Counseling and Supervision
Dr. Matt Varga, Director

Ed.D. Higher Education Administration
Dr. Matt Varga, 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 Communication Sciences and Professional Counseling is committed to recruiting a diverse student body and fostering an educational environment in which diversity is embraced. As such, we will not tolerate discrimination against any persons.

Click here for information about admissions requirements and deadlines for the M.Ed. in Professional Counseling programs.
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