Graduation and Certification

Graduation

In order to graduate students must apply for graduation one semester in advance. Students planning to attend graduation should make arrangements with the VSU Bookstore for purchase of cap, gown, and hood. The Registrar’s Office should be consulted early in the program (at least one semester before graduation) for procedures and deadlines. A $25 graduation fee must be paid at the Bursary prior to final evaluation. This fee is valid for one year beyond the initial term selected for completing degree requirements. A 3.0 cumulative GPA on all graduate courses completed at VSU after acceptance to the Graduate School is required for graduation.

The maximum time allowed for completion of the MEd. or Ed.S. degree is seven calendar years. No work completed more than seven years prior to degree completion will be accepted toward the degree, except with special permission from the student’s major professor and the Dean of the College of Education and approval from the Dean of the Graduate School.

Students will complete a portfolio that will be assessed by the faculty and school counseling advisory committee as part of the graduation requirements.  The portfolio submission date is set by faculty and is typically the midterm date of the student’s final semester of enrollment. The following table details the components of the portfolio.

Certification

Upon completion of the ME.d. program, students may apply for and be certified as a K-12 school counselor in the state of Georgia. In addition to the ME.d. in school counseling degree, students must take and pass the following examinations:

Praxis I

Students who have not completed the Praxis I or equivalent must complete this examination to be certified as a school counselor in Georgia, if their SAT or GRE or ACT scores are not above the cut-off point established by the state of Georgia.  The exemption scores are as follows:  SAT – Combined score of 1000; ACT combined score of 43; and GRE combined score of 297

* After July 2006 Praxis scores will no longer be used ALL educators for Georgia certification MUST take the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) examination.

GACE I and II

            Georgia requires that all students pass the GACE I & II specialty area in school counseling, with a passing score of 220 in each test, to become certified as a school counselor.  Copies of the scores must be given to the student’s advisor.