The 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 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 (formerly Community Counseling), and College Student Affairs, are available. The School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (formerly Community Counseling) programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Educational Related Programs (CACREP). The School Counseling program requires a minimum of 48 semester hours (2 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.

    Plan of Study: Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Program of Study Sheet

    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 courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • 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 for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

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

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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 Graduate Admissions Office.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    Please review the admission requirements for your specific concentration option.

    Clinical Mental Health

    School Counseling

    College Student Affairs

    Application Deadlines

    Admission: Summer

    Priority Application Deadline: February 1st

    Interview: March

    Notification of Acceptance: April

    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. Christy Land, Ph.D. 
    Area of Counselor Education
    cland@westga.edu
    678-839-6116 / 678-839-6084

    Graduate and International Admissions
    Phone: 678-839-1394
    Fax: 678-839-5451

  • 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 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).