M.Ed. College Counseling and Student Affairs Concentration

M.Ed. College Student Dev & Counseling PicThe M.Ed. in counselor education with a concentration in College Counseling and Student Affairs is a 60-credit hour program designed to prepare students for careers as critically reflective counselors with specialized knowledge and skills required for placement in higher education institutions (i.e., college, universities). 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.

Through coursework and clinical experiences, students graduate having a knowledge of basic counseling theory and practice, competencies in essential counseling services, skills necessary to evaluate evidence-based research and implement it in practice, and a dedication to continuing professional development. Their professional identity as a professional counselor as a leader and advocate comes from applying this knowledge in diverse settings with diverse populations of adult learners in higher education.

The course sequence meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as set by the state of Virginia Department of Health Professions. The College Counseling and Student Affairs concentration meets the licensure requirements for others states; however, certain states have different requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to check with the state licensure board to verify the necessary requirements to be eligible for licensure and to plan on meeting those requirements.