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The Ed.S. degree is for school counselors already holding professional certification in school counseling. It is fully online. The M.Ed. degree in Counselor Education, school counseling track, is for those wishing to pursue a career in school counseling at the master's level. It is offered on campus and includes some courses online. 

The school counseling track of the Counselor Education M.Ed. program at Valdosta State University is a 60 credit hour CACREP accredited program and approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The program is designed to prepare students to become certified school counselors who promote the academic, career, and social/emotional development of P-12 students.

The Counselor Education faculty of the Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy welcome all future and current Ed.S. and M.Ed., school counseling track, to school counseling at Valdosta State University. We are committed to making students' educational experience positive and to increasing the educational, personal, and professional growth of students. It is our goal to assist our students in developing the skills and competencies needed to work effectively with the students in the P-12 school system and to assist students in working toward their professional goal as a school counselor. 

The mission of the Counselor Education and Ed.S. programs at Valdosta State University School Counseling Program is to educate professionals who will be leaders in the school environment and who accept responsibility for removing barriers and offering equal access to services for all students. The main emphasis of the School Counseling Program is to train school counselors who function as leaders utilizing data, advocacy, collaboration and consultation to provide academic, career, and social/emotional counseling and services to assist students from diverse backgrounds in achieving high levels of academic success.       

The vision of the Counselor Education and Ed.S. programs is to educate and train school counselors dedicated to promoting success for all students by:

  • developing and implementing comprehensive developmental school counseling programs that will assess and meet academic, career, and psychosocial needs of all students;
  • developing community partnerships that provide support to the school counseling program;
  • facilitating communication between students, family, school professionals, and the community through teaming and collaboration;
  • serving as leaders and role models for students as a means of promoting positive student contributions to the school and community;
  • and working with teachers and other school personnel to create a learning environment that will provide students with the skills necessary for academic, career, and personal success in a rapidly changing and diverse society.