Dr. Thomas Jarvis, Department Chair
Phone: (478) 825-6636
Dr. Thomas Jarvis, Department Chair
About the Program
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, 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, to build upon their interests and experiences.
The graduation requirements are a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, passing scores on the GACE content exams which serve as the departmental comprehensive exam, and successful completion of an action research project.
Fort Valley State University School Counselor Education
The FVSU School Counselor Education program continues to produce proficient school counselors each year. A majority of our graduates are securing jobs within 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.
Data from the 2016-2017 academic term confirms the viability of our program:
- Number of graduates: 12
- Completion rate: 92%
- GACE certification exam pass rate: 100%
- Job placement rate: 55% of our recent graduates are working as school counselors or counseling-related positions. Another 36% are continuing employment in school systems until they obtain a school counseling position.
This data confirm that the majority of students entering our program are completing the program, passing the certification exams, and obtaining employment as counselors. Our cohort model, quality instruction, and the low faculty to student ratio contribute to students’ success in the program.
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 transcripts 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
- GACE Program Admissions (unless exempt)
- GACE Ethics Pre-test
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 55133 Introduction to School Counseling
Cohort Requirements (18 hours)
- EDSC 5033 Career 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.”
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.