Academic programs

M.Ed. in counselor education

The M.Ed. in counselor education provides students with the specialized knowledge and skills required for placement in elementary, middle and high schools, as well as postsecondary institutions.

Our programs are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (or CACREP), providing prospective students (and their potential future employers) a good indicator of their thoroughness.

Admission to these 48-hour programs is highly competitive, and the faculty makes every effort to assist students in individualizing a graduate program to match their professional needs and interests.

Program concentrations

College student development and counseling

The college student development and counseling concentration prepares critically reflective counselors with specialized knowledge and skills required for placement in postsecondary institutions.

Through coursework and clinical experiences, students obtain knowledge of basic counseling theory and practice, competencies in essential counseling services, skills necessary to evaluate evidence-based research and to implement it in practice, and a dedication to continuing professional development.

The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and requires a minimum of two years of study to complete.

Degree requirements for the college student development and counseling concentration »

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.

School counseling

Our school counseling concentration of the M.Ed. program prepares graduates to be critically reflective, with a professional understanding of basic counseling theory and practice, competencies in essential counseling services, the ability evaluate evidence-based research and implement it in practice, and a dedication to continuing professional development.

For students who already have a master’s degree in education, the 36 credit hours of program core courses in the school counseling concentration also will lead to recommendation for licensure as a school counselor. Students who wish to gain this licensure must meet with the department chair and file a plan of study.

The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and requires a minimum of two years of study to complete.

Degree requirements for the school counseling concentration »

Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.

Contact us

For more information, please contact:

Donna Gibson, Ph.D.
Program coordinator
Phone: (804) 828-1332
Email: dgibson7@vcu.edu