• Tracks: Clinical Mental Health or School Counseling 
  • Total Credit Hours: 60
  • Degree Format: Hybrid


The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in Counselor Education requires a total of 60 semester hours. Students will begin in the summer semester (only) after being admitted to the program. The M.Ed. in Counselor Education allows students to focus on one of two tracks: School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The School Counseling track of the program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). The newly developed Clinical Mental Health Counseling track is CACREP-like and adheres to CACREP accreditation standards.


The VSU School Counseling Program is based on a small-cohort model with classes made up of 10 to 12 students who learn and excel together while providing support to one another along the way.


Students in both the School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health tracks of the Counselor Education program will learn foundational skills pertaining to each area. Those following the School Counseling track will learn to be school leaders who provide academic, social/emotional, and career knowledge and skills for students in P-16 educational settings. Students following the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track will develop effective counseling skills and gain broad-based expertise in order to work with different populations in a variety of settings. 



Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit and echecks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate)

  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the graduate school
  • Must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in any major.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.

GACE Program Admission Assessment

  • Passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or GACE Basic Skills Assessment or a qualifying exemption.
  • Qualifying exemptions on the ACT, GRE, and SAT, or a valid level 4 or higher Induction, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate or Life certificate:
  • SAT-1000 (Verbal plus Quantitative)
  • ACT-43 (English plus Math)
  • GRE-297 (Verbal plus Quantitative) or 1030 (Verbal plus Quantitative)for tests prior to August 2011

Goal Statement

  • A written statement (250-500 words) describing your plans to pursue a degree in Counselor Education for your chosen track (School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health). Please see the linked prompt for more guidance.

Case Studies

  • Candidates will respond to two case studies using the instructions provided in the above link and address the questions at the end of each case study.

Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test

  • Minimum GRE Requirements: 286 overall (Verbal score plus either Quantitative score or Analytical score) with a Verbal score no less than 146.
  • Minimum MAT Requirements: 380

Three Recommendations (General Recommendations Form Required) 

  • Recommendations from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic background.
  • The Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy Department prefers recommendations come from current or former professors who have had you in class. 

VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, Not prior to admission. 

Verification of Lawful Presence 

  • (Effective Fall 2011 for applicants who believe they qualify for in-state-tuition or a residency waiver.)
  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), not prior to admission  
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant’s responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Important Program Information 

Certification in School Counseling by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission requires the completion of a special education course.


International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program however, additional documentation may be required. Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System

Applicants whose first language is not English (base on country or citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirements.

Certificate of Finances

The Certification of Finances is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document. Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.

Evaluation of International Transcripts

Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework. This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc. The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.


  • Satisfactory completion of required coursework
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Passing comprehensive examinations
  • Completion of Dispositions Survey (Entry and Exit)
  • Completing competency requirements as required


  • Students complete a 100 hour practicum
  • Students complete two 300 hour internships


  • Career Counselor
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • 229.219.3550
  • Campus Address
    Department of Human Services
    Converse Hall, 2nd Floor
    1500 N. Patterson St.
    Valdosta, GA 31698 Family Therapy & FamilyWorks Clinic
    MFT Program: 229-219-1281
    FamilyWorks: 229-219-1281
    903 N. Patterson St.
    Valdosta, GA 31698 Social Work
    Health Science and Business Administration Building
    2525 N. Patterson St.
    Valdosta, GA 31698
  • Mailing Address
    1500 N. Patterson St.
    Valdosta, GA 31698