A group of students holding signs celebrating National School Counseling Week. [View Image]The M.Ed. in counselor education with a concentration in school counseling is a 60-credit-hour program designed to prepare counselors for elementary, middle and high schools. The school counseling concentration leads to school counseling licensure and preparation for advanced graduate work at the post-master’s level. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) and requires a minimum of two years of study to complete.
The school counseling concentration prepares students for positions as professional school counselors. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible for licensure or provisional licensure as school counselors in pk-12 settings. In addition to meeting the academic requirements delineated below, students in the School Counseling concentration must meet the technology standards approved by the Virginia Board of Education and supply proof of Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training and the Dyslexia Awareness Training Module.
In addition to school counseling licensure, the course sequence also meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as set by the state of Virginia Department of Health Professions.
Program core (48 credit hours)
Foundation of Education courses (nine credit hours)
Students have the option to start their program in the summer semester or fall semester. In addition, there is a full-time and part-time course option. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor and pick one of those course scheduling options. The course scheduling options can be found in the Counselor Education M.Ed. Student Handbook (link is below in the Resources section).
A final, comprehensive examination is required of all degree candidates. In order to be eligible to take the comprehensive exam, students must have completed CLED/EDUS 615 and EDUS 660 and all counseling core courses (excluding Practicum and Internship). Students are exempt from these requirements if they are graduating in the semester in which the exam is given. Students must be enrolled during the semester in which they take the exam.
The comprehensive exam information can be found in the Counselor Education M.Ed. Student Handbook [PDF].