The Master of Education in Counselor Education degree is a CACREP-accredited program that prepares students for professional careers as either school counselors (60 hour program*) or counselors in clinical mental health or private practice settings (60 hour program).

A counselor sits with two parents and their child.

Some courses require outside field experiences, coordinated by the faculty, to help students gain a sense of professional responsibilities and expectations in the field. Courses are offered almost exclusively in the evenings to accommodate working individuals and the majority of our classes are offered in a face-to-face format.

*The school counseling program will change from a 48 hour to a 60 hour program beginning Fall 2022.

The mission of the Augusta University graduate programs in Counselor Education is to excel in the preparation of practitioners and leaders in professional counseling and school counseling settings for diverse populations in varied settings across the life-span; to utilize sound ethical values and personal integrity to provide and encourage professional and community service; and to collaborate in providing advocacy and leadership for the welfare of all individuals, society, and the counseling profession.

Program Objective 1 – Students will be able to apply ethical principles to counseling.                 

Program Objective 2 – Students will demonstrate how their own identity, values and beliefs can impact their practice of counseling. 

Program Objective 3 – Students will know and apply theories of individual and family development across the lifespan. 

Program Objective 4 – Students will identify factors that impact career development and illustrate a strategy for creating a career development program. 

Program Objective 5 – Students will demonstrate effective communication skills, conflict and stress management, negotiation, and problem-solving and decision-making skills, with consideration to diverse individuals and groups. 

Program Objective 6 – Students will demonstrate how to develop, recruit, and facilitate a group process. 

Program Objective 7 – Students will administer, score and interpret several assessment instruments and identify those characteristics that contribute to the quality of an instrument. 

Program Objective 8 - Students will identify methods and statistics used in research and how research methods can improve the practice of counseling. 

Program Objective 9 – Students will provide an accurate client assessment and develop a treatment plan. (Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

Program Objective 10 - Students will demonstrate understanding of and effective helping strategies and interventions for the academic, career, social, and personal development of children and adolescents in schools. (School Counseling)

Enrolled and prospective students may contact to request a course syllabus.

  1. A minimum of a 2.5 undergraduate GPA
  2. Letters of Recommendation - Applicants will have 3 recommendations submitted on their behalf. Upon application completion, a link will be shared with each listed reference to complete.
  3. Personal Autobiographical Essay - Applicants will write an
    autobiographical essay in which they discuss their reasons for wanting to
    become a counselor, what attributes they may possess which would
    contribute to their effectiveness as a counselor, what personal
    characteristics they possess that might hinder their relationships with
    clients, and how they are planning to address those issues. The essay
    must be double-spaced and three pages in length.
  4. Personal Interview - The personal interview with the faculty is the final
    requirement for full admission into the program. Shortly after the
    admissions deadline, faculty will select applicants to be invited to the
    interview based on the quality of the previous criteria.
    The interview is designed to assess:
    • Applicants’ potential for forming effective interpersonal
      relationships in individual and group contexts
    • Applicants’ openness to self-examination and personal and
      professional growth
    • Applicants’ potential to develop knowledge, skills and dispositions
      in the field
    • Applicants’ potential to work effectively with diverse populations
    • Applicants’ emotional stability
    • Applicants’ receptiveness to supervision
    • Degree to which the Program’s objectives and mission are
      consistent with the vocational and professional goals of applicants
    • The degree to which applicants display the potential for
      success in the counseling program and profession. After the
      interview, applicants are evaluated by the faculty with a rubric
      which considers all of these factors, including both academic and
      non-academic issues.
  5. Passing a criminal background check.

Contact Us

Prospective Student Inquiries
Allison Timmons

Application Inquiries
Lakeisha Thigpen
Admissions and Certification Coordinator

For questions about the M.Ed. degree program contact:

Dr. Meredith Rausch

Counselor Education Admissions Coordinator. 

  University Hall, Room 308


In order for an individual to be considered and then invited for an interview, the online application and all materials must be received on or before the deadlines below.

Application Deadlines:

Fall Application (Early): February 28th

Fall Application: April 2nd
Spring Application: November 2nd

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