Degree Programs

Two degree options are available to students pursing a career in school counseling: The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree. 

Master of Education in School Counseling

Master of Education (M.Ed.) students are trained to become scholars/practitioners, who think critically and apply their knowledge with skills and compassion. This program requires a total of 48 semester hours along with competency in curriculum, special education, and computer usage. The courses for the ME.d. program consist of a combination of on-ground, hybrid, and online core and school counseling specialty courses. These courses are provided in a sequence where students must take those advised by their faculty advisor. Students attending on a full time schedule normally take 9 to 12 credit hours per semester including the summer sessions. Those attending on a part time schedule usually take 6 to 9 credit hours per semester including the summer sessions. All students in the M.Ed. program are required to take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Students take this national exam the semester before beginning their final internship (II). An application and fee are required to take this exam. A review of topics covered is available for all students through the Odum Library Reference Desk

Additional program information can be found in the School Counseling M.Ed. Program handbook and in the Graduate Catalog.

The M.Ed. School Counseling Program is a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accredited degree program. 

Admissions

Admissions information for the M.Ed. program can be found on the Graduate School website or on the right-hand side of this page.

Contact

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Teddi Cunningham 
M.Ed. Program Coordinator
Email: tjcunnin@valdosta.edu
Phone: 229-333-5930

Education Specialist in School Counseling

Education Specialist (Ed.S.) students are trained to become leaders and researchers in school counseling. For these already certified school counselors*, the program is designed to enhance and advance their knowledge and skills beyond the Master's level. Students are required to complete a total of 27 semester hours in the area of counseling, supervision, leadership, consultation, research, and mental health care systems. The courses in the Ed.S. program consists of a combination of on-ground, hybrid, and online core and advanced program courses. Course descriptions and other information can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

Admissions

Admission information for the Ed.S. program in school counseling can be found on the Graduate School website or on the right-hand side of this page. 

Contact

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Teddi Cunningham 
Ed.S. Program Coordinator
Email: tjcunnin@valdosta.edu
Phone: 229-333-5930

*An applicant to the Ed.S. program must have one year experience working as a certified school counselor in a school setting.  Proof of certification is required with the application to the program. The applicant must hold professional standard renewable certification in school counseling because this is a degree only program, not a certification program.  The one year of experience may not include practica and internships.