M.S.Ed in School Counselor Education
Graduates from the School Counselor Education (MSEd) program 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, students may complete the program 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, to build upon their interests and experiences.
Students are admitted once a year, in May.
The graduation requirement is a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, the successful completion of the Final Written Comprehensive Examination and a passing score on the GACE examination for School Counselors.
Applications for Internship should be made one semester prior to the semester in which the student anticipates participating in the internship. Late applications may be considered for the next cohort.
Classes are held evenings and Saturdays at the Fort Valley State University Warner Robins Center, 151 Osigian Blvd., Warner Robins, Georgia.
Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution (in a related field to meet pre-requisites) and submit the following:
- Admission application and fee
- Two transcrips demonstrating cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 from a regionally accredited institution
- Three letters of reference
- A personal or professional statement
- A resume containing prior work, educational, community service, and other relevant experience
- Immunization records and health forms are required except for military students
School Counselor Education candidates will also successfully complete the following three assessments during their first semester in the program or be subject to remediation rather than advance in the program:
- Acceptable rating on
- Action Rersearch Rubric
- Disposition and Professional Behaviors Rubric
- Writing Sample
- Clear background check
- Membership in a professional organization
- Proof of liability insurance
Awards are subject to availability, and selection criteria will be applied. Application forms are available in 320 Hubbard Education in Fort Valley or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students’ writing and reading proficiency will be assessed in Graduate Studies Orientation, and students in need of greater proficiency will be retested before they reach 18 hours.
The School Counselor Education Program requires a minimum of 48 semester hours. The content courses are:
Pre-Cohort Requirements (6 hours)
- EDUC 5503 Fundamentals of Research Design
- EDSC 5033 Career Counseling
Cohort Requirements (18 hours)
- EDSC 5123 Intro to School Counseling
- EDSC 5143 Counseling Theories
- EDSC 5223 Comprehensive School Counseling
- EDSC 5373 Group Counseling
- EDSC 5233 Counseling Interventions & Prevention
- EDLD 5203 Foundations of Professional Ethics and School Law
Non-cohort Requirements (12 hours)
- EDSC 5013 Evaluation & Testing in Education*
- EDSC 5103 Human Growth & Development*
- EDSC 5303 School & Family Consultation*
- EDSC 5203 Counseling Diverse Populations*
Field Experience (12 hours)
- EDSC 5793 School Counseling Practicum
- EDUC 5793 Applied Research Practicum
- EDSC 5893 School Counseling Internship I
- EDSC 5993 School Counseling Internship II
*Can be taken at any time in the program and are preferred but not required for placement in the Field Experience.
Important Note: If students wish to receive a clear renewable certificate for school counselors, they must complete and pass GACE, state technology competency certification, and the Introduction to Exceptional Child course (EDUC 5253). The Exceptional Child is required in addition to the course work specified on this balance sheet if the student has not previously taken a course in the identification and education of children with special needs, as required by “House Bill 671.”
Fort Valley State University School Counselor Education - Program Report 2012-2013
The FVSU School Counselor Education program continues to thrive as each year strong school counselor candidates graduate ready for the challenge of becoming proficient school counselors. The program is in its sixth year and preparing to start a new cohort this summer May 2014. SCE has graduated 42 students with nearly half of them securing jobs within schools and other counseling professions, where they can use their knowledge, skills, and abilities gained while in the program. Other graduates have elected to pursue a post graduate degree in the Educational Specialist program for School Counselors or complete doctoral degrees.
The SCE program graduates consistently pass the Georgia Assessment for Certified Educators (GACE) content exam for School Counselors. The pass rate is 100% and most students pass on the first attempt. Graduates and current students surveyed both remark that the study assistance provided by the program has been a contributing factor to their successful passing of GACE 103 and 104. According to the State reports, FVSU students pass the school counselor GACE content exams at or above the State rate. A new GACE examination system and professional standards policies has a two tiered system in place. The first tier being the Induction which student can pass at minimal levels. The other tier is the professional level which students exceed the passing criteria established by the state of Georgia. The majority of FVSU School Counselor Education students taking the exam are passing at the professional level.
Since the restart of the program in 2008, students move smoothly through the program. The SCE has a cohort format with a sequenced program of study. This aids our student graduation rate which is 95% of those entering the program. According to graduate survey results, students credit the cohort model as beneficial to meeting their needs and filling part of the program. The ongoing advisement and guidance are additional supports provided. They like the relationships they build with other students in the program and the faculty support.
In addition, most graduates have scored the program strongly with regards to their preparation towards becoming school counselors. They view the program has equipped them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform their job as school counselors well. Those who do not currently have a school counselor position, indicated that they feel confident in their preparation and the knowledge gained. Those who are pursuing licensure as professional counselors indicate that they value their learning and feel confident in the transition to becoming licensed professional counselors.
Overall the program has become a strong producer of school counselors in the State of Georgia. According to reports education trend reports, FVSU SCE was one of the top producers of school counselors in 2011 ranking with universities such as Augusta State University and University of Georgia-Athens.
Fort Valley State University School Counselor Education
The FVSU School Counselor Education program continues to grow and develop into a strong school counseling program. The program has graduated a total of 42 candidates since its inaugural cohort of 2008. A total of nearly half our graduates have secured jobs within the school counseling profession while some are choosing post graduate degrees, such as the Ed Specialist degree and doctoral degree. Other graduates are pursing licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors working in school systems or other behavioral health employment.
Our graduates consistently pass the Georgia Assessment for Certified Educators (GACE) 103 and 104 statewide test in order to become state certified school counselors. The pass rate is 100% with students most students needing two or less attempts to pass the tests. The program offers study assistance to all students taking the GACE. Student feedback has been positive and views the support as vital to their success.
Since beginning the program in 2008, students move smoothly through the program and can expect to complete the program within three years following the established sequenced course offerings. The graduation rate is 95%. According to students surveyed the cohort model and relationships with both students and staffs have been a contributing factor in their success.
Three semesters of clinical field experience totaling 700 hours are required. During practicum students observe, shadow, and perform minimum tasks (100 hours) to create a service learning project. During internship students perform the actual duties of a school counselor (600 hours) under the supervision of a practicing school counselor. Students should discuss placement with their advisor. Applications for the practicum and internship should be made the semester before practicum/internship field experience begins. Students should pick up a practicum internship handbook and become familiar with its content before application is made.
The practicum/internship must be performed in a school setting under the supervision of a certified school counselor.
To be eligible to enroll in practicum and internship, students must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B Average), and they must successfully complete the Pre-Cohort and Cohort courses. EDSC 5793 (Practicum) the semester before their placement and must have faculty approval. Students must successfully complete EDSC 5893 before they are eligible to enroll in EDSC 5993. Field experiences also are tied to other courses.