M.Ed. School Counseling Concentration

A group of students holding signs celebrating National School Counseling Week.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.