Mar 27, 2023
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The mission of the Professional Counseling and Supervision program is to prepare School and Community Counselors to be exemplary leaders in professional counseling and supervision and in program evaluation. In addition, they will demonstrate a commitment to helping marginalized and underserved populations in the communities, schools, and agencies they serve. The program consists of 117 graduate hours, 30 hours beyond a 60 hour CACREP accredited (or CACREP equivalent) master’s degree and 27 hour Ed.S. degree in counseling. After a rigorous screening process, cohorts are selected in March of each year, and students will be notified of their acceptance in April. The fully online degree program begins in the summer semester. The program is designed to be completed in two full years (6 semesters, including summers, for the 39-hour track) or three years (9 semesters, including summers, for the 60-hour track) Successful completion and defense of a dissertation are required.
Admission Requirements Include:
- Licensed or License-eligible in counseling or related field
- Cumulative minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Official GRE scores not older than 5 years with preferred scores of
- Verbal 151
- Quantitative 142
- Writing 3.5
- Masters in counseling or related field
- (e.g. psychology, counseling psychology, clinical social work, mental health counseling, community counseling, professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, school psychology, school counseling, school social work)*
- *If the program was not CACREP accredited at the time of the applicant’s graduation, the applicant must demonstrate that the program was substantially CACREP equivalent or the accrediting body that accredited the degree is equivalent to CACREP standards.
- Minimum of three years of counseling experience in private or public schools, community agency, university, hospital, or private practice
- If all of the above are met, then the application requires the following:
- A 300-500 word essay presenting the applicant’s professional goals and the relationship between those goals and the program mission
- Official transcripts from all schools attended for all degrees including schools attended only for transfer credit
- Three recommendations from professionals who are familiar with the applicant’s professional qualities and academic potential. The electronic Recommendation Request form will be available after you submit your application
- Please see website for further information: https://www.westga.edu/academics/education/cspc/eddpcs/
For Students Entering without Ed.S.
Core Class Credits: 48 Hours
Credits with 4 Elective: 12 Hours
For Students Entering with Ed.S.
- Candidates will apply administrative supervision principles to the development of an administrative supervision plan.
- Candidates will demonstrate advanced knowledge of professional counseling intervention through the creation of an advocacy plan to improve services for marginalized, underserved populations.
- Candidates will demonstrate advanced knowledge of professional counseling through the creation of a professional association presentation.
- Candidates will analyze relevant literature and develop a comprehensive dissertation literature review.
- Candidates will apply knowledge of research through the development of a scientifically credible dissertation research method.
- Candidates will analyze and evaluate dissertation research data to draw scientifically credible conclusions.
- Candidates will create an integrated dissertation discussion that synthesizes dissertation findings within the framework of existing literature and offers data-driven recommendations for practice.
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