When does the program start?

Candidates are admitted in the fall and spring of each year.

When and where will classes meet?

All classes meet on Mercer’s Atlanta campus for instruct or-led evening classes requiring attendance just one night a week per class. Classes meet from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm and/or 7:45 pm to 10:15 pm Monday through Thursday.

Who may apply?

Applicants must hold a master’s degree in school counseling, counseling with a school counseling add-on, or a counseling-related field from a regionally accredited college or university. Preference is given to graduates of CACREP/NCATE programs and applicants who are currently certified as a School Counselor and/or have leadership experience in the field.

How long will it take?

The program takes a minimum of four semesters, including summer. The semesters include coursework, a 300 hour internship, a comprehensive exam, and a capstone project. Many people take two years to complete the program because of the demands of working and at tending school simultaneously.

Can I keep my job and do this program?

Yes, however there is a 300 hour internship requirement that requires candidates to engage in an on-site field experience in chosen career path relating the school counseling profession.