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Counselor Education

Major Information

The Counselor Education Program at Georgia Southern teaches that individuals have an innate drive toward growth, health, and adjustment.  The application of the knowledge base is seen as the process of enhancing or facilitating normal growth and development in a dynamic society that is multicultural and global.  Students in the program look at growth and change patterns as applied to both self and others.  The program prepares students to be reflective learners so that they may better understand and help others directly, and indirectly as advocates in providing programs and services which assist others in their development.  Graduates employed as counselors within schools or agency settings address affective, cognitive, and behavioral concerns of their clientele, and facilitate the development and/or adjustment of those they serve. The Counselor Education program prepares Counselors for Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary, or Post-Secondary Educational and related agency settings.  Georgia Southern University offers students in the Counselor Education Master’s Program two degree program concentrations based on educational background and career goals. 

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Master of Education: Counselor Education

Concentrations:

  • Clinical Mental Health: Designed to prepare students for employment at the entry level as a professional counselor in diverse community settings such as community mental health, substance abuse treatment, and corrections.  
  • School Counseling: Prepares individuals for employment as counselors in public school settings.

Sample Occupations

*Requires additional education

  • Addictions Counselor 
  • Marriage and Family Therapists 
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Student Admissions Administrator*
  • Rehabilitation Counselors 
  • Residential Counselors 
  • School Counselors 
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Social and Human Service Assistants 
  • Student Personnel Administrator*
  • Student Affairs Administrator*

Sample Work Settings

  • Public and Private Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Camps & Youth Services
  • Non-Profit Agencies
  • Preschools & Day Care Centers
  • Churches & Community Centers
  • State and Federal Government Agencies
  • Behavioral Health Programs

Sample Employers

  • Bulloch County 
  • Gwinnett County
  • Savannah-Chatham County
  • Cobb County 
  • Fulton County
  • Houston County
  • DeKalb County
  • Columbia County
  • Quality Care for Children
  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Forsyth County
  • Henry County
  • Clarke County
  • Evans County
  • Pineland Behavioral Health
  • Georgia Cyber Academy
  • Georgia Virtual School
  • Georgia Regional Hospital

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Catalog

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2
bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $18

http://www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

Salary.Com

www.salary.com

Professional Organizations

American Counseling Association www.counseling.org

American Mental Health Counselors Association www.amhca.org

American School Counselor Association www.schoolcounselor.org

Assoc. for Counselor Education and Supervision  www.acesonline.net

Assoc. for Multicultural Counseling & Development www.multiculturalcounselingdevelopment.org

Council for Accreditation of counseling & Related Educational Programs www.cacrep.org

Professional Tips

  • Experiences are built into the program through practicum and internships.
  • Join the appropriate professional organization and attend conferences as a student to network
  • If interested in being a Licensed Professional Counselor, you must complete 4 years/4000 supervised counseling hours (1000 hours may be completed during school if CACREP accredited).  Also must pass the National Counselor Exam.  Be sure to check with the College of Education and the State of Georgia as licensure requirements often change. 

Résumé Tips

  • Master of Education: Counselor Education – Concentration __ (School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling).
  • Include relevant experience, including internships and volunteering.
  • School Counseling students are required to pass the GACE.

Last updated: 7/26/2022