College of Education

School Counseling
Admission Requirements Degree

Admission to the School Counseling Program

The school counseling program admits potential candidates for the summer and fall semesters only.
Applicants do not have to be certified teachers to gain admission to the program.

Degree Seeking Candidates:

Regular Admission:

  • An undergraduate grade point average of 2.8 or better;
  • A minimum score of 44 (405) on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or 151 (49 verbal; 48 quantitative) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  • A passing score on the Georgia Assessment of Content for Educators (GACE) test of Basic Skills or documented exemption from this requirement as indicated by one of the following (1000 combined Math and Verbal score on the SAT; a combined Math and Verbal score of 44 on the ACT; a Master’s degree from an accredited college or University as approved by the GAPSC; or the Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Social Worker credential granted by the Georgia Composite Board of Examiners);
  • Three current letters of recommendation;
  • A successful interview with the admissions committee, including completing a writing sample at the interview.

Provisional Admission:

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate grade point average of 2.2 or higher;
  • A minimum score of 32 (386) on the MAT or a minimum score of 145 (24 verbal; 23 quantitative) on the GRE;
  • A passing score on the Georgia Assessment of Content for Educators (GACE) test of Basic Skills or documented exemption from this requirement as indicated by one of the following (1000 combined Math and Verbal score on the SAT; a combined Math and Verbal score of 44 on the ACT; a Master’s degree from an accredited college or University as approved by the GAPSC; or the Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Social Worker credential granted by the Georgia Composite Board of Examiners);
  • Three current letters of recommendation;
  • A successful interview with the admissions committee, including completing a writing sample at the interview.
  • You may not enroll in Area C courses until you attain full admission status.

Certification (NonDegree Seeking) Candidates:

Certification and non-degree seeking candidates must submit their Master’s level transcript(s) and an Application for Evaluation for Teacher Certification to the Certification Office in the College of Education to receive a personalized transcript evaluation.

Add-On Certification

Applicants must:

  • Show evidence of Georgia educator certification
  • Have a Master’s degree in an educational field with a cumulative graduate grade point average of at least a 3.0
  • Have a passing scores on the Georgia Assessment of Content for Educators (GACE) test of Basic Skills or documented exemption from this requirement as indicated by one of the following (1000 combined Math and Verbal score on the SAT; a combined Math and Verbal score of 44 on the ACT; a Master’s degree from an accredited college or University as approved by the GAPSC; or the Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Social Worker credential granted by the Georgia Composite Board of Examiners).
  • Submit three current letters of recommendation;
  • Complete a successful interview with the admissions committee, including completing a writing sample at the interview.

Initial Certification

Applicants must:

  • Have a Master’s degree in counseling or a closely related field with a cumulative graduate grade point average of at least a 3.0
  • Have a passing scores on the Georgia Assessment of Content for Educators (GACE) test of Basic Skills or documented exemption from this requirement as indicated by one of the following (1000 combined Math and Verbal score on the SAT; a combined Math and Verbal score of 44 on the ACT; a Master’s degree from an accredited college or University as approved by the GAPSC; or the Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Social Worker credential granted by the Georgia Composite Board of Examiners).
  • Submit three current letters of recommendation;

Readmission

  • Candidates who have not been in attendance in the School Counseling Program for one or more semesters must apply through the graduate admissions office for readmission.
  • Candidates who have been out of the School Counseling Program for three or more semesters must also complete a successful interview with the admissions committee, including completing a writing sample at the interview.

Provisional and Non Degree Students

  • Only nine (9) semester hours taken in provisional or non-degree status may be applied towards a Master’s degree at Albany State University.
  • A student remains in the provisional academic status until notified in writing of the approval of a change in status by the department chair.  For admission to the School Counseling Program, students must also complete all of the School Counseling prerequisites.  You may not enroll in Area C courses until you attain full admission status.

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Details concerning required materials and processes are available through Graduate Admissions.