M.S.Ed. School Counselor Education

Fort Valley State University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 48
Per Credit Hour Cost $219.00
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Program Description

Counseling is one of the most critical functions in education, particularly in grades K-12. Counselors help students identify, process, and overcome the mental, emotional, and physical obstacles to learning success, including family life challenges, learning difficulties, classroom maladjustment, and social problems. In addition, counselors help students understand their potential for success and facilitate alignment with the school resources and learning systems that can optimize their achievement and preparation for higher education or careers.

Program is 48 semester hours and offered totally online with a couple of weekend intensives during clinical courses (Theories and Group).

Graduates from FVSU’s Master of Science in Education (MSEd) Degree Program with a concentration in school counselor education will demonstrate knowledge, skills, technical competencies, and dispositions to function proficiently as school counselors in the 21st century. The School Counselor Education program emphasizes experiences in educational settings where our graduates will be sensitive to the context of all students. Proficient school counselors work in primary, elementary, middle, and high school settings and create an atmosphere where all students can learn.

The program meets all the educational requirements for the Professional School Counselor Certificate, Level 5. By taking three courses per semester, the program can be completed in almost two years, but most students will take fewer courses and extend their programs to almost three years. The program considers students’ backgrounds and adds knowledge, skills, values, and professional practices, which will allow them to be employed in Georgia schools and to build upon their interests and experiences.

The FVSU School Counselor Education program continues to produce proficient school counselors each year. Many of our graduates are securing jobs in the school counseling profession after graduation. Some are also choosing to pursue further degrees, such as the Education Specialist degree and doctoral degrees in related fields. Some graduates are pursuing licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors while working in school systems or other behavioral health facilities.

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges


Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs


Georgia Professional Standards Commission