Masters of Counseling Education (School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, & Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling)
The Master of Education program in Counselor Education, with concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC), Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) and School Counseling (SC), offers excellent choices for persons interested in becoming a professional counselor. Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals (Kaplan, D. M., Tarvydas, V. M., & Gladding, S. T., 2014). Each of these concentrations is designed for individuals with a passion for listening and helping others and who want to enter the counseling profession with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed across a variety of career options.
The Counselor Education Program prepares highly trained and empathetic professional counselors to serve the mental health needs of the citizens of Georgia, the nation, and abroad. The program’s graduates will have the power to inspire change and have a profound impact in the lives of those they serve. The mission of this online Counselor Education Program at Albany State University is to produce professional counselors who are proactive in promoting educational achievement, career success, mental health, personal and social development, equity, and access for the individuals that they serve. Our program is flexible enough to meet a broad range of individual student needs. Students can begin classes in the summer or fall semesters, on a full-time or part-time basis.
The Counselor Education Program admits cohorts for the summer and fall semesters only. Individuals seeking admissions to Counselor Education must apply to Albany State University Graduate School. Information concerning required materials and processes are available through Graduate Admissions.
The following Counselor Education Program-specific supporting documents must also be submitted:
- Counselor Education Program application form
- Official MAT, GRE, or GACE Test Scores
- Professional Statement of Purpose
- Three current references
- All official transcripts from all institutions attended
In lieu of GRE/MAT scores, applicants seeking Georgia School Counseling certification must submit passing scores on the Georgia Assessment of Content for Educators (GACE) Program Admission assessment (formerly named the GACE I or GACE Test of Basic Skills) or documented exemption.
Counselor Education applicants are invited to interview with the Counselor Education Admissions Committee. Admission decisions in the Counselor Education Program consider a number of factors, including grade point average (GPA), test scores, references, employment history and other experiences, previous graduate work, professional goals, and interviews.
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs