One Eleven Initiative

Professional Counseling (School/Community): Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Program Description

A School Counselor is a licensed professional educator who assists students, teachers, parents, and administrators through counseling, consulting and coordinating. The School Counseling track is a 48 credit hour program.

A Community Mental Health Counselor is a licensed professional who provides mental health services which includes, but is not limited to, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, individual counseling, and counseling with couples, families, groups and organization. The mental health track is a 60 credit hour program.

Both counseling tracks require that all students successfully complete a range of program experiences. These experiences include satisfactory completion of required courses and course experiences, development of basic counseling skills, performance in practicum and internship, and demonstration of specific clinical competencies beyond class requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an approved institution with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on the course work attempted.
  • A 2.7 undergraduate grade point average, or 3.0 on the last 60 hours, may allow one to enter on a probationary basis.
  • Complete a Graduate School application online which includes official transcripts, and GRE scores (less than five years old with verbal, quantitative, and writing component sub-scores)
  • Upload the following supplemental materials to the Graduate School application:
    • Current resume
    • Participate in an interview with faculty

Career Opportunities

The School Counseling track provides the student with minimum qualifications to serve as a licensed school counselor at the elementary, middle, or high school level. The Mental Health track qualifies the student to sit for the Licensed Practicing Counselor (LPC) Examination. Pending successful passing of LPC licensing examination, the student then becomes an LPC and may work for different organizations that utilize the services of counselors. The LPC may also open their own private practice.

Online/Regional Campus Options

The program does offer a few online courses. In addition, students are able to take courses at the Tupelo or Oxford Regional centers.

For More Information

Virginia Barnett
Graduate Activities Assistant
Department of Leadership & Counselor Education
School of Education
The University of Mississippi
137 Guyton Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-2020
(662) 915-7230 Fax
vlbarnet@olemiss.edu