M.Ed. in Counselor Education
Earn your Master of Education in Counselor Education and help guide the academic, career and social-emotional development of today’s youth. Our program prepares you to become a school counselor in the K-12 setting. Graduates become leaders, advocates, collaborators and systematic change agents in schools.
At a Glance
- Apply by: January 5, 2020 for fall start.
- Duration: 2 years, full-time.
- Location: Charlottesville, Virginia.
The M.Ed. in Counselor Education degree prepares you to become a counselor in both public and private schools with the support of a diverse and accomplished faculty.
This CACREP-accredited program teaches you how to become a leader, an advocate, a collaborator and a change agent – with an emphasis on promoting equity, access, and justice as a K-12 school counselor. With team work built into the curriculum you will get the opportunity to collaborate with your classmates in a supportive and close-knit environment. Plus, student diversity in Charlottesville and the surrounding school systems grants excellent internship learning opportunities in both urban, suburban, and rural settings.
“I am passionate about creating a safe, supportive and positive learning environment for students to grow and realize their full potential. This program has taught me how to be an advocate for systemic change.”– Heather Ramey, 2017 M.Ed. graduate
The application submission deadline is January 5. Admission decisions will be available 6 weeks after the deadline.
Selected candidates will be interviewed in Charlottesville on February 1, 2019. Invitations for interviews are issued via email in January.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.
The program meets the pre-degree academic and internship requirements established by the Commonwealth of Virginia State Department of Education for licensure as preK-12 school counselors.
Typically 12-18 hours in each regular semester, spring and fall, in addition to summer course work. Practicum is part of the first spring semester. Your second year is also a year of internship at a school, working under the supervision of a professional school counselor.
Content-based courses have 20-30 students, practice-based courses such as Essential Counseling Skills have 10-15 students or less, Practicum and Internship have no more than 10 students each.
Fall 1 EDHS 7210 Intro to the Counseling Profession 3 credit hours Fall 1 EDHS 7230 Theories & Techniques of Counseling 3 credit hours Fall 1 EDHS 7290 Essential Counseling Skills 3 credit hours Fall 1 EDHS 7291 Essential Counseling Skills Lab 1 credit hour Fall 1 EDHS 8310 Introduction to School Counseling 3 credit hours Fall 1 EDLF 5160 Lifespan Development 3 credit hours Spring 1 EDHS 7220 Career Interventions 3 credit hours Spring 1 EDHS 7240 Group Counseling Procedures 3 credit hours Spring 1 EDHS 7300 Multicultural Counseling 3 credit hours Spring 1 EDHS 8290 Practicum in School Counseling 3 credit hours Spring 1 EDHS 8340 Counseling Children & Adolescents 3 credit hours Spring 1 EDHS 8982 Individual/Triadic Supervision 3 credit hours Fall 2 EDHS 8390 Internship in School Counseling 6 credit hours Fall 2 EDLF 7180 Tests and Measurements 3 credit hours Fall 2 EDHS 7270 Research & Evaluation 3 credit hours Spring 2 EDHS 8350 School Counseling Leadership, Advocacy, & Consultation 3 credit hours Spring 2 EDHS 8390 Internship in School Counseling 6 credit hours Spring 2 EDHS 8240 Substance Abuse Counseling 3 credit hours
To matriculate successfully through the Counselor Education program, students must:
- Maintain a 3.0 while in the program.
- Obtain at least a B- in each course for degree credit and satisfactory (S) grades in practicum and internship.
- Successfully meet the Curry School of Education and Human Development's comprehensive examination requirement.
- Successfully meet the Key Professional Disposition requirements of the Counselor Education program, which are evaluated at the end of the first three semesters.
Our mission is to prepare ethical, culturally competent school counselors who address individual and systemic barriers to educational achievement and personal development in the context of a comprehensive school counseling program. Our graduate students will demonstrate a commitment to advocate for their PK-12 students, the systems in which they live and work, and the school counseling profession. Upon graduation, our students will be competent in promoting the academic, career, and social-emotional development of students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Our students will demonstrate competency in the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive school counseling program.
The Counselor Education program aims to prepare:
1. Graduates who can demonstrate professional, personal and cultural self-awareness and knowledge about how it influences their service delivery
2. Graduates who have developed the skills to lead and advocate for systemic change, including addressing barriers to students’ academic success and social/emotional development
3. Graduates who respond to school and students’ mental health and educational needs with developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive counseling skills and interventions
4. Graduates who can design, implement and evaluate components of a comprehensive school counseling program
5. Graduates who promote equitable student achievement, college access and career readiness
6. Graduates who apply and adhere to ethical and legal standards in working with students and all other educational stakeholders
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The Counselor Education program area at the Curry School of Education and Human Development is CACPREP accredited. All master's degree students in counseling are required to take 34 credit hours of core courses in the eight foundational areas as specified by CACREP. In addition to the core courses, students must take 24 credit hours of courses specific to their area of specialization (e.g. School Counseling).
The University of Virginia Counselor Education Program, School Counseling Specialty Area is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through October 31, 2019. The program will comply with CACREP’s policy and standards in order to maintain this accreditation status through that date. Any substantive changes will be made known publicly and reported directly to CACREP.
Professional associations are vital to the productive professional life of counselors. Faculty members expect students to join appropriate associations. Membership dues are usually less for students, and members receive professional newsletters, journals, announcements of professional activities, updates about federal legislation and policies that have an impact on counseling services and on professional counselors, and opportunities to network. In addition, members are offered professional liability insurance at reduced rates.
Application forms for the American Counseling Association (ACA) are available through ACA. ACA also has a number of divisions that focus on specialty areas (e.g., counselor education and supervision, group counseling, mental health, school, assessment, creativity in counseling, spirituality). You may access information about ACA and its divisions at: http://www.counseling.org. You may also contact ACA at 5999 Stevenson Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304-3300; or 1-800-347-6647.
The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to more than 27,000 professional school counselors around the globe. http://www.schoolcounselor.org/
The Virginia Counselors Association (VCA) is a state branch of the ACA. Similarly, the Virginia School Counselor Association (VSCA) is a state branch of the ASCA. These are excellent ways to learn more about our profession and to become involved in issues and activities that can influence the delivery of counseling services in Virginia. You can learn more at www.vcacounselors.org and www.vsca.org.
Other professional associations:
- American College Counseling Association
- Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
- American Mental Health Counselors Association
- Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program
- National Board for Certified Counselors
- Virginia Board of Counseling
- Virginia Department of Education - School Counseling and Guidance
- Virginia Department of Education - Licensure Requirements for School Counselors
Counselor Education Program Vital Statistics and Program/Student Outcomes
University of Virginia
Institution Type: Public
Location: Southern Region
School Counseling Program
Minimum Credits: 58
Current Enrollment: 40
School Counseling Program and Student Outcomes
Number of graduates in past year: 20
Program completion rate in 2019: 95%
Exam Passing Rates
School Counseling License: No Exam Needed
National Certified Counselor Exam: 100%
Job Placement Rate in 2019 100%
Faculty and Student Demographics
Number: 7 full‐time (43% female; 57% male)
57% Ethnic/Racial Minority
Number 40 (82.5% female; 17.5% male)
27.5% Ethnic/Racial Minority
Each year the Counselor Education program collects data from program graduates, employers of graduates, and site supervisors, as well as monitors student learning outcomes. The program faculty review this data and use the findings to inform program modification and curriculum changes with advisement from the Counselor Education Advisory Council. Below please find the links to the annual reports.
World Class Faculty
From left to right - Paul Harris, Blaire Cholewa, Joseph Williams, Antoinette Thomas, Julia Taylor, Derick Williams, and Amanda Flora
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School Counseling Summit
The Counselor Education program hosted its annual School Counseling Summit on November 4, 2019.Learn More
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.