M.S. School Counseling
The Master of Science in School Counseling is designed to prepare students to function as professional school counselors in public and private P-12 school settings and to be certified by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) at the S-5 level.
Today’s school counselors are vital members of the educational team whose role is essential to facilitate academic achievement, personal and social growth, and career development for all students. Professional school counselors are employed in elementary, middle, and high schools and in district supervisory, counselor education and post-secondary settings. Mercer University’s Master of Science in School Counseling prepares candidates to serve the education community in this essential role.
The School Counseling program at Mercer University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Mercer University counseling graduates have consistently averaged pass rates of 95% and above on their first attempt of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Having completed this program, the school-counseling student becomes a reflective practitioner, advocating for the needs and rights of students, while collaborating and establishing partnerships with parents, schools, other professionals, and communities. Students are also prepared to be certified by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) at the S-5 level.
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PROGRAM DELIVERY MODEL
The schedule is designed especially for working adult students with evening classes held once per week in a 16-week Fall/Spring semester format (summer is 8 weeks long.) The length of the program is approximately two years. During the first year of study, intensive coursework immerses the student in the history, foundations, theory, and skills necessary for a Professional School Counselor.
During this time, the student prepares academically for the role of the School Counselor and supplements academic training with field observations in local schools. The student will proceed with clinical instruction in the second year within the culture of the school working with diverse populations under supervision. The supervised field experiences provide counseling candidates with broad-base practical experiences in school settings. Students relate academic and theoretical learning to field experience in the five areas of comprehensive developmental school counseling:
- Teaming and Collaboration
- Counseling and Coordination
- Assessment and Use of Data
Location(s) where program is delivered include: