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Counselor Education

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 able to understand and help others directly, and indirectly as advocates in providing programs and services which assist others in their development. Graduates employed as student services professionals or 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 Masters Program three degree program emphases/concentrations based on educational background and career goals.

General Information
College of Education
Department Website Counselor Education
Degree(s) Offered Master of Education in Counselor Education Education Specialist in Counselor Education
Possible Areas of Concentration
Clinical Mental Health Counseling 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 K-12 public school settings.
Possible Employment Settings
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Camps & Youth Services
  • Non-profit Agencies
  • Nursery Schools
  • Preschools & Day Care Centers
  • Churches & Community Centers
  • State and Federal Government Agencies
Occupational Opportunities
  • Addictions Counselors
  • Counseling Psychologist*
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Personal and Home Care Aides
  • School Psychologist*
  • Social Services Worker
  • Student Personnel Administrator

*Requires additional education and/or certification
**Certification depends on area of specialty

  • Student Affairs Administrator
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Residential Counselors
  • School Counselors
  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Social Workers*
  • Resource Teacher*
  • Student Admissions Administrator
  • Training Specialist
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
Professional and Student Organizations
Professional Organizations GS Student Organizations (MyOrgs)
American Counseling
Association (ACA)
Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators
American Mental Health
Counselors Association (AMHCA)
Chi Sigma Iota Professional Honor Society (CSI)
American School
Counselor Association (ASCA)
Licensed Professional Counselor Organization Student Affiliate Organization (LPCA SAO)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Multicultural Counseling Center
Counselor Education Association
Salary Information
Internet Resources

Last updated: 2/17/2020