Prepare to serve as a professional counselor in a variety of community mental health settings with the MEd in Professional Counseling (Community Counseling).
This two-year, full-time, cohort-based program covers a broad range of topics for working with many different populations. Our coursework will help you develop effective counseling skills and gain broad-based expertise to serve in settings such as community mental health agencies, hospitals, juvenile justice settings, outdoor therapeutic programs, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, and private practice.
The master's program in Community Counseling is currently pursuing accreditation through MPCAC (Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council). MPCAC is currently not recognized as an accreditor with the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Students who complete the master's program will, however, be considered to be graduates of an accredited program as the University of Georgia is regionally accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). Graduates of the program will be eligible for Georgia licensure because of UGA's SACSCOC accreditation and because the program's coursework and content is substantially similar to other CHEA-recognized psychology and counseling accreditation bodies.
The MEd in Professional Counseling will prepare you for the practice of individual, couple, family, and group counseling. Our program places special emphasis on working with diverse, underserved, and oppressed populations and developing strategies to address social justice issues. We provide the coursework necessary for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Georgia.
During your time in the MEd program, you may choose a concentration for your studies. Options include:
To receive your master's degree, you will take a minimum of 48 semester hours of academic credit. Your coursework includes:
You may also take elective courses within the departments of psychology, social work, or child and family development.
In addition to classes, you will take a series of practica and internships. These experiences will help you develop your clinical skills in practice under the close supervision of faculty and on-site counselors. Our program will assign your practicum/internship based upon your clinical interests, needs, and availability.
Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.
Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.
Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.
Our faculty and staff support you in your initial job search and doctoral program placement and can serve as a resource throughout your career.
As an active member of our Community Counseling Student Association (CCSA), you will have an opportunity for personal growth, community service, professional development, and peer support.
Though it is not a requirement of the program, you can become involved in many different research projects outside of the classroom through our department and with individual faculty.
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