Counselor Education

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The Master of Education program in Counselor Education, with concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC), Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) and School Counseling (SC), offers excellent choices for persons interested in becoming a professional counselor. Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals (Kaplan, D. M., Tarvydas, V. M., & Gladding, S. T., 2014).  Each of these concentrations is designed for individuals with a passion for listening and helping others and who want to enter the counseling profession with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed across a variety of career options.

The Counselor Education Program prepares highly trained and empathetic professional counselors to serve the mental health needs of the citizens of Georgia, the nation, and abroad. The program’s graduates will have the power to inspire change and have a profound impact in the lives of those they serve. The mission of this online Counselor Education Program at Albany State University is to produce professional counselors who are proactive in promoting educational achievement, career success, mental health, personal and social development, equity, and access for the individuals that they serve.  Our program is flexible enough to meet a broad range of individual student needs. Students can begin classes in the summer or fall semesters, on a full-time or part-time basis.
Program Strength and Uniqueness

  • The Program is 100% online
  • Students can work at their own pace, choosing either the accelerated path or traditional path.
  • The program prepares candidates to take the National Counselor Examination.
  • Students graduate with a direct path to licensure.
  • Students can complete fieldwork locally

Program faculty are committed to student achievement and maintain active status in the counseling profession by providing service, leadership, developing and conducting research. For more information, please contact the program coordinator, Dr. Annie Lewis at annie.lewis@asurams.edu.

Program Objectives

Objective 1. The program will prepare candidates who demonstrate a professional identity consistent with professional counseling, based on an understanding of historical, current, and emerging trends that shape the counseling profession.
Objective 2. The program will offer curricular and co-curricular opportunities that provide candidates with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills that are meaningful and relevant for serving a multicultural, pluralistic society in diverse settings.
Objective 3. The program will prepare reflective practitioners who integrate theory into practice through the application of counseling, learning, and motivational theories; data driven decision-making; and the infusion of technology.
Objective 4. Program candidates will identify systemic barriers that inhibit the maximum development of the populations that they serve and impede their ability to access opportunities and advocate for the removal of these barriers.
Objective 5. Counseling faculty will develop professional growth and learning opportunities for practitioners in Southwest Georgia and beyond.

School Counseling Program Outcomes Report

2017 CACREP Report
  2016 - 2017
# of Completers 8
GACE Pass Rate 100%
Completion Rate

The completion rate provided represents the number of1d from the program in a three-year time period.st-time degree seeking students who enrolled and graduate

45%
Placement Rate
Many students in our school counseling program are employed as teachers and retain those positions. The job placement rate provided above represents only the program graduates who are employed as school counselors or work in the human service system providing clinical and social services.
66%

CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

Clinical mental health counseling is a proactive mental health profession that treats mental illness, addresses life distress and adjustment issues, and facilitates wellness in individuals, families, and their related contexts (Shallcross, 2013). Clinical mental health counselors are highly-skilled professionals who provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution. Clinical mental health counselors may qualify as both a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and a licensed professional counselor (LPC).

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling
specialization prepares individuals to provide evaluations, referrals, and short-term counseling services to help people prevent or remediate personal problems, conflicts, and emotional crises. Includes instruction in human development, psychopathology, individual and group counseling, personality theory, career assessment, patient screening and referral, observation and testing techniques, interviewing skills, professional standards and ethics, and applicable laws and regulations.

CLINICAL REHABILITATION COUNSELING

Clinical Rehabilitation Counselors are professional counselors trained specifically to serve individuals with disabilities. The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specialization prepares professional counselors to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their personal, career,

Clinical Rehabilitation Counselors work in a variety of settings, such as in private practice, in rehabilitation hospitals, community rehabilitation centers, and senior citizen centers; state and federal government agencies, insurance companies and other organizations working with people with disabilities. Clinical rehabilitation counselors are employed in organizations that focus on advocacy and community engagement as relating to special populations. Clinical rehabilitation counselors may qualify as both a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) and a licensed professional counselor (LPC). The Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specialization provides instruction in counseling, assessment, rehabilitation services including planning, securing or returning to productive, meaningful work, consultation, advocacy, applicable laws, regulations, and professional standards and ethics.

 SCHOOL COUNSELING

School counselors are certified/licensed educators who, at a minimum, hold of a master’s degree in school counseling.  Their training qualifies school counselors to address all students’ academic, career and social/emotional development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success.  Important members of the school’s educational leadership team, school counselors help students in the areas of academic achievement, career, and social/emotional development. School counselors are employed in elementary, middle/junior high and high schools; in district supervisory positions; and counselor education positions.  Overall, school counselors help to provide the foundation from which students become productive, well-adjusted citizens.

The School Counseling specialization prepares professional School Counselors who use the theories and principles of counseling and career development to support students’ personal, social, educational, and vocational development.  School Counseling candidates acquire identified professional competencies, learn legal and ethical requirements, and learn to utilize the National School Counseling Model to develop and implement comprehensive school counseling programs that emphasize accountability and positive student outcomes.  School counselors may qualify as both a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and a nationally certified school counselor (NCSC)

Admission to the Counselor Education Program

The Counselor Education Program admits cohorts for the summer and fall semesters only. Individuals seeking admissions to Counselor Education must apply to Albany State University Graduate School.
Information concerning required materials and processes are available through Graduate Admissions.

The following Counselor Education Program specific supporting documents must also be submitted:

In lieu of GRE/MAT scores, applicants seeking Georgia School Counseling certification must submit passing scores on the Georgia Assessment of Content for Educators (GACE) Program Admission assessment (formerly named the GACE I or GACE Test of Basic Skills) or documented exemption.
Counselor Education applicants are invited to interview with the Counselor Education Admissions Committee. Admission decisions in the Counselor Education Program consider a number of factors, including grade point average (GPA), test scores, references, employment history and other experiences, previous graduate work, professional goals, and interviews.

Successful applicants may be admitted into one of the following statuses:

 Regular Admission:

  • An undergraduate grade point average of 2.8 or better;
  • A minimum standardized test score of:
    402 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or 146 Verbal and 140 Quantitative on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); or, for individuals seeking Georgia certification in School Counseling: Passing scores on all three tests within the GACE Program Admission assessment are required. The GACE Program Admission tests may be exempted if the applicant holds a current or expired Georgia Clear Renewable (professional) certification or sufficient scores are obtained on the SAT® (1000 Verbal/Critical Reading, and Math), ACT® (43 English and Math), or GRE® (1030 Verbal and Quantitative; after 8-1-11, 297 Verbal and Quantitative). Students who enroll in the School Counseling but later apply to change concentrations must provide MAT or GRE scores.

 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: 374 on the MAT or 143 verbal and 138 quantitative on the GRE; or, for individuals seeking Georgia certification in School Counseling: Passing scores on all three tests within the GACE Program Admission assessment are required. The GACE Program Admission tests may be exempted if the applicant holds a current or expired Georgia Clear Renewable (professional) certification or has obtained sufficient scores on the SAT® (1000 Verbal/Critical Reading, and Math), ACT® (43 English and Math), or GRE® (1030 Verbal and Quantitative; after 8-1-11, 297 Verbal and Quantitative). Students who enroll in the School Counseling track but later apply to change tracks must provide MAT or GRE scores.
  • A student remains in the provisional academic status until all of the School Counseling admission requirements are met and the student is notified in writing of the approval of a change in status by the department chair. Applicants admitted in this status may not enroll in Area C courses until full admission status is attained.

A student who is admitted in provisional academic status remains in this status until the Counselor Education admission requirements are met and the student is notified in writing of the approval of a change in status by the Graduate School. Applicants admitted in this status may not enroll in Area C courses until full admission status is attained.

Readmission

  • Candidates who have not been in attendance in the Counselor Education Program for two semesters must apply through the graduate admissions office for readmission.
  • Candidates who have been out of the Counselor Education Program for three or more semesters must apply for readmission and complete a successful interview with the Counselor Education admissions committee.

Transfer Students

Transfer students' transcripts may be evaluated to determine if the graduate courses previously taken may be transferred. Up to 12 semester hours from a CACREP accredited graduate program may be transferred to the Counselor Education Program. 

Transient Students

Transient applicants who are enrolled in another college or university and receive permission from the Registrar of that institution to seek temporary admission for up to 9 semster  hours at Albany State University may be accepted. Transient students must be in good standing at their home instituion. Additionally, students enrolled in Counselor Education at Albany State University may receive permission from the department and Registrar to take up to 9 semester hours at another university with a CACREP accredited program and have those courses transferred to ASU Counselor Education Program. The student must be in good standing at Albany State University. 

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Counselor Continuing Education

Counselor Continuing Education provides non-degree options for individuals who seek personal enrichment and renewal as well as additional educational experiences needed to obtain certification or licensure. Applicants who wish to take courses but who are not seeking a degree, counseling licensure or counselor certification must subit their application for graduate admission, Masters's level transcript(s) and three current letters of recommendation to the Office of Graduate Amdissions.

The Advanced Counseling Certificate Program provides three non-degree, continuing education options to meet the needs of professionals seeking Georgia counseling credentials. Applicants for the Advanced Counseling Certificate Program must: 

  • Have a master's degree in counseling or closely related clinical fields from an accredited college or university;
  • Complete and submit the application for graduate admission (does not apply to the Advanced Counseling Certificate in Clinical Practice);
  • Complete and submit the Counselor Education Program application form;
  • Provide official transcripts;
  • Submit three current letters of recommendation; and, 
  • Complete an interview with the Counselor Education admissions committee.

The Advanced Counseling Certificate allows individuals with master's degrees in counseling or closely related clinical fields who need 1-3 additional courses in order to meet the requirements Georgia professional counselor licensure (LPC) or Certified Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) to fill those deficits. Candidates who have no clinical training or who would need more than 9 semester hours of additional coursework would not be eligible for the certificate program. 

The Advanced Counseling Certificate in School Counseling allows individuals with master's degrees in counseling or closely related clinical fields from GaPSC-approved colleges and universities or CACREP accredited programs to complete up to 18 semester hours of coursework in order to meet the requirements for Georgia certification in School Counseling. Applicants submit an Application for Evaluation for Counselor Certification to the Certification Office in the School of Education to determine their eligibility and develop a personalized program of study. Applicants must also provide passing scores on the Georgia Assessment of Content for Educators (GACE) Program Admission assessment (formerly named the GACE i or GACE Test of Basic Skills) or documented exemption before being considered for admission; passing scores on GACE 103 and 104 may also be required.

The Advanced Counseling Certificate in Clinical Practice provides supervised post-master's degree clinical practice that can be applied to the 3000 hours required for Georgia professional counselor licensure (LPC). Advanced Counseling Certificate in Clinical Practice offers a needed service in the region due to the scarcity of licensed counselors available to provide supervision.

Certification and non-degree seeking candidates must submit their Master's level transcript(s) and an Application for the Evaluation for Certification to the Certification Office in the School of Education to receive a personalized transcript evaluation. Candidates for the Advanced Counseling Certificate in Clinical Practice apply through the School of Education's Continuing Education coordinator.