The Counselor Education Program at Georgia Southern University is a full-time residential program offered on the Statesboro campus with two concentrations: School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP Program Outcomes Report (PDF)
Mission and Vision:
The Counselor Education Program prepares students to practice as professional counselors and to become leaders and advocates committed to professional and personal growth, ethical practice, and social justice in clinical mental health, higher education, and school settings. Graduates are reflective, dedicated professionals committed to meeting the needs of a diverse population and pluralistic society. The Counselor Education Program is committed to the preparation and continual development of counselors-in-training and professional counselors.
Why Study Counselor Education at Georgia Southern University?
- The focus of the Counselor Education program is on training professional counselors.
- The Counselor Education concentrations in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling, have been CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accredited since January 2009.
- Courses are taught by Counselor Education Faculty on campus using an experiential focus with implications for real-world practice.
- Students engage in field-based clinical experiences (i.e., practicum, internship) that support surrounding communities.
- Georgia Southern faculty, staff, and students embrace core values expressed through integrity, civility, kindness, collaboration, and a commitment to lifelong learning, wellness, and social responsibility.
- Faculty, graduates, and students regularly participate in professional organizations and assume leadership positions in these organizations.
- The Counselor Education program has two active student organizations: LPCA of Georgia Student Affiliate Group, and Gamma Sigma chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (an international honor society for professional counselors).
- Faculty are actively engaged in national service as well as counseling research and have received national and international recognition for their research and service.
- The program has a high job placement rate of graduates.
Depending on your experience, you can pursue one of two graduate school options. If you have a bachelor’s degree, take a look at the Master’s of Education in Counseling Education.
There are two degree concentrations offered in the Master of Education in Counselor Education program. Concentration One, School Counseling and Concentration Two, Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Both concentrations are offered in a hybrid format on the Statesboro campus. See details from the following links:
- School Counseling, M.Ed. 60 hours – This concentration is designed for people who wish to work as school counselors. The concentration is designed for graduate students to meet the requirements for school counseling certification in Georgia.
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.Ed. 60 hours This concentration is designed for people who wish to work as clinical mental health counselors in community agency settings (public, private, or non-profit).
A Student Perspective
Professional Certification Disclosure
The College of Education anticipates that graduates of the Counselor Education Certification program will seek state licenses or certifications.
The program listed above leads to a Georgia Certificate Upgrade. Visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for more information. The College of Education has not determined where its programs will qualify a graduate to take the required exams in other states or territories. Check the requirements of your state or territory using the link provided.
For all Online Programs:
Federal Law requires colleges and universities to make certain disclosures to prospective students of these programs. These disclosures include information on the University’s authority to operate outside of Georgia, complaint processes, adverse actions, and refunds.
For required disclosures in general with regard to online programs offered by the University, visit the Office of Legal Affairs website.