• B.S.Ed. with a Major in Speech-Language Pathology
    B.S.Ed. with  Major in Speech-Language Pathology

    The B.S. in Education with a major in Speech Pathology is a pre-professional program that provides students with a basic knowledge of human communication and communication disorders in preparation fo graudation study in audiology and speech-language pathology. These professional courses focus on speech, and hearing anatomy and science, a wide spectrum of communication disorders, as well as the assessment and treatment of communication disorders. 

    To function as a fully independent speech-language pathologist, additional graduate coursework is required that leads to a Master of Education in Speech-Language Pathology. 

    (Please refer to the UWG Undergraduate Catalog for official program requirements.)

    Admissions

    To apply to the B.S.Ed. Program in Speech-Language Pathology, will go through the College of Education. You must schedule a meeting in the College of Education Advisement Center.

  • M.Ed. in Speech-Language Pathology 
    M.Ed. in Speech-Language Pathology 

    Thank you for your interest in our Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program; we think we have an excellent program. The program is administered under the College of Education at the University of West Georgia and is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

    The graduate program prepares students for a professional career in the identification, assessment, and treatment of all communication disorders, including language, articulation, voice, resonance, fluency, and swallowing disorders. Successful completion of program and other professional requirements is designed to lead the applicant toward obtaining a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) in Speech-Language Pathology, Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) certification, Georgia Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, and ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

    Applicants with undergraduate majors other than SLP may be admitted to the program, but they must complete an undergraduate prerequisite course sequence before taking graduate level courses in SLP. The undergraduate prerequisites are taken while enrolled as a graduate student and these courses lengthen the time required for obtaining the Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology by approximately one year, for a total time of approximately three years of full-time enrollment required to obtain the master's degree. The program requires two years of full-time enrollment if undergraduate prerequisites were completed prior to enrolling in the master's program. Additionally, students who are seeking PSC certification to work in the K-12 educational system must complete required education courses while enrolled as a graduate student. These courses are added to the student's program of study and may lengthen the time for obtaining the Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology as well.

    (Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for official program requirements.)

    Admissions

    The program currently seeks to admit approximately 20-25 fulltime students each fall semester, effective August, 2009.

    Minimal Considerations for Program Admission:

    3.0 or better GPA
    GRE Scores: 147 verbal & 147 quantitative & 3.5 Analytical (1000 combined: preferred; 800 GRE score minimum)
    3 Letters of Recommendation
    Writing Sample (The writing sample is required for only those who are chosen for an interview)
    Interview - By Invitation Only

    The University of West Georgia has restructured its operation of graduate education in order to better serve you. As of July 1st, the University has moved to a decentralized model for the administration of graduate education. Individual colleges will now personally handle all inquiries and procedures related to graduate programs.

    For questions about  graduate education, please contact the Graduate Studies Associate in the College of Education's Department of Graduate Studies at 678-839-5430.

     

  • M.Ed. in Professional Counseling (College Student Affairs)
    M.Ed. in Professional Counseling (College Student Affairs)

    The College Student Affairs program provides graduates with the knowledge, skills, and disposition required to work with college students in a variety of settings within higher education organizations. This program emphasizes a counseling foundation for preparing college student affairs personnel to foster student development. Completion of this degree does NOT meet the requirements for liscensure as a professional counselor or certification as a school counselor in Georgia and candidates will not be endoresed to either credential. 

    Mission

    The mission of the College Student Affairs program is to prepare graduate students for careers serving students in higher education by providing opportunities to: 

    • Develop advising and helping skills
    • Develop competencies as outlined by the NASPA/ACPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners
    • Understand and appreciate the student development experience and student diversity in higher education 
    • Understand and apply the practice-to-theory-to-practice model 
    • Gain focused practical experience through assistantships, internships, and practica to prepare graduates for successful careers in higher education

    Students in the College of Student Affairs program should either have a graduate assistantship or be working full-time in higher education. 

    For additional information about the College Student Affairs program, click here

     
  • M.Ed. in Professional Counseling (School Counseling)
    M.Ed. in Professional Counseling (School Counseling)

    The School Counseling Program at the University of West Georgia is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation runs through October 31, 2023. This program prepares graduates to meet the curricular qualifications for Georgia certification (S-5) in elementary, middle, and secondary school counseling. Completion of the M.Ed. in School Counseling meets one of the requirements for professional certication as a school counselor (S-5) in Georgia. A passing score on the GACE Basic Skills Assessment, GACE Content Assessment, and a recommendation from the University of West Georgia also are required. The School Counseling program also meets the educational requirements for national counselor certification (NCC). Students in the School Counseling program may also elect to take te additional academic courses needed for licensure as a Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia. For additional information on GA licensure law, please refer to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists website. 

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the School Counseling program is to educate Professional School Counselors. Through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, use of data, and action, our graduates will be competent at identifying and removing barriers that impede equal access to educational and career opportunities for all students. We are committed to educating Professional School Counselors skilled in needs assessment who are effective counselors and advocates for providing equal resources and support for all students.  We believe in and are dedicated to high academic achievement, career success, and personal/social development of all students.

    2015-2016 Program Information

    During Academic Year 2015/2016, the University of West Georgia M.Ed. in Professional Counseling (School Counseling) had 50 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 2015-2016 administrations of the GACE School Counseling Content Tests I & II:  96%. Of the admitted students to the School Counseling program, we have a completion rate of approximately 88%, with only 5% of students who went inactive for no known reason, and a job placement rate of approximately 90%.

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

  • M.Ed. with a Major in Professional Counseling (Clincial Mental Health)
    M.Ed. with a Major in Professional Counseling (Clinical Mental Health)

    The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of West Georgia is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation runs through October 31, 2023. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program was formerly a Community Counseling program, accredited under the 2001 CACREP standards. The Community Counseling program has been discontinued and all active majors must graduate by Fall 2015 in order to graduate from a CACREP accredited Community Counseling program, or they may transfer to the ongoing Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.)

    Graduates of the 60-hour M.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program meet all of the educational requirements for licensure as an LPC in Georgia. For additional rules and regulations related to licensure refer to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists website. Graduates are also eligible for certification as a NCC upon application and passing the National Counselor Exam (NCE). The post-master's experience and supervision requirements generally required for certification are waived for graduates of CACREP accredited programs. For more information on national certification, visit the NBCC website.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is to prepare skilled and knowledgeable professional counselors for careers in clinical mental health and community settings including hospitals, clinics, independent practice, managed behavioral care organizations, employee assistance programs, substance abuse treatment centers and other community agencies. Our program is designed to meet educational requirements for Georgia licensure as well as the 2009 standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational (CACREP) for Clinical Mental Health. Our graduates will be ethical, reflective practitioners competent in serving a diverse population. We are committed to the delivery of excellent client services, to understanding and respecting human diversity, to ethical and social responsibility, and to leadership in the counseling profession.

    2015-2016 Program Information

     During Academic Year 2015/2016, the University of West Georgia M.Ed. in Professional Counseling (Clinical Mental Health) had 87 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 2015-2016 administrations of the National Counselor Examination (NCE): 82%. Of the admitted students to the CMHC program, we have a completion rate of approximately 77%, with approximately 6% of students who went inactive for no known reason, and a job placement rate of approximately 90%.

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

     

  • Ed.S. in Professional Counseling
    Ed.S in Professional Counseling 

    The Ed.S. degree is designed for graduate students with a master's degree in counseling who desire further specialization as professional counselors and a higher level of competence of the master's degree. 

    Mission

    The mission of Ed.S. in Profesional Counseling and Supervision program is to provide professional counselors with advanced skills and knowledge to be exemplary practictioners and supervisors. 

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

  • Ed.D. in Professional Counseling & Supervision
    Ed.D. in Professional Counseling & Supervision

    The University of West Georgia's Department of Clinical and Professional Studies offers master's programs in school counseling (CACREP accredited), community counseling (CACREP accredited), and college student affairs; specialist degree in professional counseling; and, a doctoral degree in professional counseling and supervision.

    The Ed.D. in Professional Counseling and Supervision is offered for advanced counseling practitioners in a convenient, flexible, online setting. If you "Go West" you can be confident that you will earn a degree from a well respected university. We are a public, SACS accredited, brick and mortar institution with a full-time faculty who actively engage in systematic program assessment and planning to ensure program integrity.

    As a doctoral student, you will be able to build upon your current career success as a counselor while learning or expanding skills in evaluation, advocacy, and leadership. Our mission is to prepare you to positively influence your community of service with immediate application in your workplace of these new or enhanced skills.

    The program includes a mandatory 2 and 1/2 day orientation each summer for new students on the campus of the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA. After this, all course work including projects, assignments, discussions, written work, and dissertation will be exclusively online.