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, Clinical and Mental Health Counseling, and College Student Affairs, are available.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    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, and College Student Affairs, are available. The School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Educational Related Programs (CACREP). The School Counseling program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours (2.5 years of full time study), and the Clinical Mental Health 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.

    FAQ Sheet: FAQs for School Counseling

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Program is partly online (about 1/3 online; 1/3 hybrid; 1/3 face-to-face)

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 60
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    Access to current technological tools is required along with a subscription to the TK20 portfolio and evaluation program.

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    Program is partially online (about 1/3 online; 1/3 hybrid; 1/3 face-to-face)

    General

    Program Sheet [PDF]

    • SPED-6706 - Special Education in the Regular Classroom

      Study of characteristics, identification, and support needs of exceptional children and youth. Includes basic teaching strategies and supportive techniques/resources for meeting needs of pupils with special needs in the regular classroom. Designed for non-special education majors. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in SPED 6706 or department approved alternative to meet the special education requirement of Georgia House Bill No. 671 and be recommended for educator certification in Georgia. The grade requirement of "B" or better is effective July 1, 2019, for courses completed on or after that date.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    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 the Graduate Admissions office. Files will be reviewed in the department only after all materials are received.  Admission to the M.Ed. Professional Counseling School Counseling are in the summer semester. 

    • 2.7 Undergraduate GPA
    • Resume
    • Minimum GRE composite score of: 286 with a minimum of 146 verbal and 140 quantitative, and a 3.5 analytical writing. Scores must be no more than 5 years old.
    • Passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment, Combined Test I, II, and III; or
      • The GACE Program Admission Assessment, Combined Test I, II, and III can be exempted with the following scores:
      • SAT Composite score: 1000 on Verbal and Math 
      • ACT Composite score: 43 on English and Math 
      • GRE Composite score: 1030 on Verbal and Quantitative (before 8/1/2011); or GRE Composite Score; 297 on Verbal and Quantitative on or after 8/1/2011)
      • Valid Teaching Certificate
    • 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.
    • 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.

    Application Deadlines

    Specific program deadlines are available via the Deadlines page

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here

     

    Contact

    Dr. Bethany Lanier
    blanier@westga.edu
    678-839-2289

    Graduate Admissions
    Phone: 678-839-1394
    Fax: 678-839-1395
    graduate@westga.edu

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives

    Learning Objectives:

    (1) Candidates will demonstrate professional dispostions consistent with  the field of professional counseling, as measured by an average rating of "proficient" or higher on a summaive administration of the Professional Dispositions and Behaviors Rubric.

    (2) Candidates will demonstrate professional skills consistent with the field of professional counseling, as measured by an average rating of "proficient" or higher on a summative administration of the Field Placement Evaluation.

    (3) Candidates will know the major concepts, theories, and practices articulated in current counselor preparation standards, as measured by a passing score on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).