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. A program sheet, which provides a required coursework sequence, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • 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 (formerly Community 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 Clinical Mental Health

    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)

    Downloads

    General

    • CEPD-7155 - Substance Abuse Counseling

      This course is designed for counselors and other human service providers working in a variety of settings, including schools, community agencies, private practices, and hospitals. Topics covered include the classification of drugs and their effects on users; various models of addiction; the use of assessment, diagnosis, and prevention strategies with individuals, families, and groups; relapse prevention; and legal, ethical and multicultural issues associated with addictions work.

      View Instructors, Syllabi and Other Details

  • 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 Graduate Studies. The application and all materials are submitted to Graduate Admissions. Files will be reviewed in the department only after all materials are received. Admissions to the M.Ed. Professional Counseling Clinical Mental Health are in fall semester. 

    • 2.7 Undergraduate GPA
    • Resume
    • Minimum GRE composite score of: 286 with a minimum of 146 Verbal and 140 Quantitative, with a 3.5 Analytical Writing. Scores must be no more than 5 years old.
    • 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

    One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

    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 Admissions (Undergraduate Only), 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 dispositions consistent with the field of professional counseling, as measured by an average rating of "proficient" or higher on a summative administration of the Professional Dispositions and Behaviors Rubric.

    (2) Candicates will demonstrate professional skills consistent with the filed 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).