Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counselor Education
The Master of Education in Counselor Education program has two professional counseling tracks: School Counseling (SC) & Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC).
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 51 credit hour program.
A Clinical 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.
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
- Statement of purpose
- Contact information for three references
- Participate in an interview with faculty
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 Clinical Mental Health track qualifies the student to sit for the Licensed Professional 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.