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2020-2021

Counselor Education (Advising Track)

School of Education

Concentration(s):
College counseling and student affairs, Couples and family counseling, School counseling
Program description

Students interested in applying to graduate programs for counselor education are encouraged to follow this Major Map in addition to the Major Map for their undergraduate major.   This advising map details key courses, activities, organizations and resources that can best prepare you for successful candidacy for graduate study. 

The Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Counselor Education is a 60-credit hour program provides students with the specialized knowledge and skills required for placement in elementary, middle and high schools, as well as postsecondary institutions. Our programs are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (or CACREP), providing prospective students (and their potential future employers) a good indicator of their thoroughness.

Career opportunities

A Counselor Education master’s degree enables our graduates to empower others and effect change in the lives of students in both the K-12, higher education, and community setting. The program provides students with the specialized knowledge and skills to prepare graduates to support the varied needs of individuals. When our students enter the field as professionals, they do so equipped with a nuanced understanding of the day-to-day demands of the job and a commitment to meeting the challenges of counseling with strength and compassion. Coursework includes counseling, theoretical frameworks, to placement with knowledgeable experts in the required internship experience. Graduates can also find work through programs such as AmeriCorps, America Reads or The Literacy Lab.  

Change of major requirements

Students do not change into this program as this is an advising map for application to a future graduate program of study. Please see the program description for admissions requirements and contact the School of Education for questions about the admissions process as you near the end of your undergraduate program.


Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Career Coach/Counselor
  • College Academic Advisor/Student Services
  • College Counselor
  • Counselor/Therapist
  • Developmental Specialist
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Marriage, Couples and Family
  • Social and Human Services Assistant
  • Student Development Professional
Highest level of math required
    Science required
      Foreign language requirements
      Additional tuition/fees
      GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
      • 3.0 GPA in last 60 credits of coursework
      Department name:
      Department of Counseling and Special Education
      Building/room location:
      Oliver Hall Education
      Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
      Monroe park
      Phone:
      804-828-8160
      Email:
      soeadvising@vcu.edu 

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      Explore
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
      GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
      BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
      GET REAL EXPERIENCE
      • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists.
      • Consider applying for a federal work-study (FWS) job on- or off-campus through Handshake.
      • Create a draft resume and meet with a career advisor in VCU Career Services to discuss it.
      • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation with the da Vinci Center.
      • Follow the School of Education’s social media for workshops and events.
      PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      • Access your free credit report and begin making responsible credit choices to prepare for your future.
      • Build a LinkedIn profile, connect to at least 10 people, and check out the VCU alumni page.
      • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers in your field of study.
      • Join Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) to connect to VCU traditions, networking opportunities, and fellow Rams.
      • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility)

      Experience
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
      • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide. Ask questions about how to use the library.
      • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.  
      • Suggested courses: CLED 340, 405, and/or 440.
      • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes, and strategies for success in your program.
      GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
      BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
      GET REAL EXPERIENCE
      • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and other professional development events. 
      • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
      • Create an ePortfolio to document academic/professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections.
      • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
      • Join groups on LinkedIn reflecting specific careers or topics of interest.
      • Train to be a peer health educator through the Well.
      PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      • Attend an SOE information session or Open House.
      • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
      • Consider who you would ask to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.   
      • Get plugged into VCULink to connect with students and alumni.
      • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.

      Experience
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
      • Conduct independent undergraduate research.
      • Deepen your expertise at finding information in your discipline by working with your subject expert librarian & using research guides.
      • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
      • See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
      • Suggested courses: CLED 501 and/or 520.
      GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
      BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
      • Apply to be a Diversity Ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
      • Attend presentations and conferences pertinent to intercultural dialogue, history and issues.
      • Richmond is known for hosting a wide array of festivals! Learn about new cultures, food, and music by attending one of these events.
      • Update your resume to include how you have developed your communication and interpersonal skills for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
      GET REAL EXPERIENCE
      PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      • Attend the VCU Careers in Education Symposium.
      • Join job listserv sites that provide access to job postings in desired fields. Revist gap analysis assessment and continue adjusting strategic career plan with Career Services.
      • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
      • Research graduate/professional schools at least 1 year in advance of deadlines. Study for and complete any exams the summer before senior year. 

      Excel
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
      • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. 
      • Take suggested courses noted from previous years, not taken already.
      GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
      • Apply for a year-long service or fellowship opportunity after graduation through programs like Peace Corps, Fulbright Student Scholars, Literacy Lab, Richmond Teacher Residency, or AmeriCorps.
      • Attend professional conferences that offer student rates or scholarships (see professional organizations listed above).
      • Attend Virginia Counseling Association Conference or the Virginia School Counselors Association Conference.
      • Continue to find opportunities and organizations through SOC that can help you make a difference and make your mark.
      • Serve in a leadership role on campus or as a board member of a local community organization.
      BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
      • Attend Office of Multicultural Student Affairs I Love Diversity Week.
      • Attend OMSA Tunnel of Oppression.
      • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
      • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
      GET REAL EXPERIENCE
      • Continue to engage in research to create more content for your ePortfolio.
      • Explore applying to the Substitute Teaching the VCU Way program.
      • Present your research at conference/meeting such as UROP Undergraduate Research Symposium or other conferences. 
      • Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisors, alumni, professionals).
      PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      • Complete exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for after graduation.
      • Consider training to become an educator through programs like RTR, which prepares graduates from a variety of majors to become effective teachers in high-need schools.
      • Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and alumni chapter as you prepare to graduate.
      • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed and do a mock interview through InterviewStream or with a career advisor.
      • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
      Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
      Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
      Major map compass icon [View Image]
      2020-2021

      Counselor Education (Advising Track)

      School of Education

      Concentration(s):
      College counseling and student affairs, Couples and family counseling, School counseling
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      ExploreYear 1
      • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists.
      • Consider applying for a federal work-study (FWS) job on- or off-campus through Handshake.
      • Create a draft resume and meet with a career advisor in VCU Career Services to discuss it.
      • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation with the da Vinci Center.
      • Follow the School of Education’s social media for workshops and events.
      • Access your free credit report and begin making responsible credit choices to prepare for your future.
      • Build a LinkedIn profile, connect to at least 10 people, and check out the VCU alumni page.
      • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers in your field of study.
      • Join Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) to connect to VCU traditions, networking opportunities, and fellow Rams.
      • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility)
      ExperienceYear 2
      • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide. Ask questions about how to use the library.
      • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.  
      • Suggested courses: CLED 340, 405, and/or 440.
      • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes, and strategies for success in your program.
      • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and other professional development events. 
      • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
      • Create an ePortfolio to document academic/professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections.
      • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
      • Join groups on LinkedIn reflecting specific careers or topics of interest.
      • Train to be a peer health educator through the Well.
      • Attend an SOE information session or Open House.
      • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
      • Consider who you would ask to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.   
      • Get plugged into VCULink to connect with students and alumni.
      • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
      Year 3
      • Conduct independent undergraduate research.
      • Deepen your expertise at finding information in your discipline by working with your subject expert librarian & using research guides.
      • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
      • See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
      • Suggested courses: CLED 501 and/or 520.
      • Apply to be a Diversity Ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
      • Attend presentations and conferences pertinent to intercultural dialogue, history and issues.
      • Richmond is known for hosting a wide array of festivals! Learn about new cultures, food, and music by attending one of these events.
      • Update your resume to include how you have developed your communication and interpersonal skills for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
      • Attend the VCU Careers in Education Symposium.
      • Join job listserv sites that provide access to job postings in desired fields. Revist gap analysis assessment and continue adjusting strategic career plan with Career Services.
      • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
      • Research graduate/professional schools at least 1 year in advance of deadlines. Study for and complete any exams the summer before senior year. 
      ExcelYear 4
      • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. 
      • Take suggested courses noted from previous years, not taken already.
      • Apply for a year-long service or fellowship opportunity after graduation through programs like Peace Corps, Fulbright Student Scholars, Literacy Lab, Richmond Teacher Residency, or AmeriCorps.
      • Attend professional conferences that offer student rates or scholarships (see professional organizations listed above).
      • Attend Virginia Counseling Association Conference or the Virginia School Counselors Association Conference.
      • Continue to find opportunities and organizations through SOC that can help you make a difference and make your mark.
      • Serve in a leadership role on campus or as a board member of a local community organization.
      • Attend Office of Multicultural Student Affairs I Love Diversity Week.
      • Attend OMSA Tunnel of Oppression.
      • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
      • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
      • Continue to engage in research to create more content for your ePortfolio.
      • Explore applying to the Substitute Teaching the VCU Way program.
      • Present your research at conference/meeting such as UROP Undergraduate Research Symposium or other conferences. 
      • Reflect on the experiential learning you have engaged in thus far, and discuss with current or potential mentors (peers, faculty, advisors, alumni, professionals).
      • Complete exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for after graduation.
      • Consider training to become an educator through programs like RTR, which prepares graduates from a variety of majors to become effective teachers in high-need schools.
      • Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and alumni chapter as you prepare to graduate.
      • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed and do a mock interview through InterviewStream or with a career advisor.
      • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
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