Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Academic Programs
Graduate program director
Mary A. Hermann, J.D., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Counselor Education
Henry T. Clark, Ph.D.
Senior associate dean for academic affairs
Counselor Education, Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in school counseling
Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.
Counselor Education, Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in college student development and counseling
GRE or MAT
In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission:
The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.
It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.
General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU
The M.Ed. in Counselor Education with a concentration in college student development and counseling is a 48-credit-hour program designed to prepare counselors for higher education and community agencies throughout Virginia and the nation. The college student development and counseling concentration provides students with the specialized knowledge and skills necessary for employment as student affairs professionals in higher education settings. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs and requires a minimum of two years of study to complete.
The faculty makes every effort to assist students in individualizing a graduate program to match their professional needs and interests. However, individualization takes place in an environment of legitimate constraints revolving around institutional, accreditation and licensure requirements. Faculty members view each program as more than simply an aggregate of courses, and students should plan all program work with their faculty advisers.
Professional orientation/professional identity/continuing education
Helping relationships/group work/career development/wellness
Students display knowledge of theories of learning, personality development, transitions and resilience, and use this information as a basis for facilitating optimal development and wellness.
Social and cultural diversity/social justice and advocacy:
Students display knowledge and understanding of multiple factors that may affect personal, social and academic functioning, and possesses knowledge and skills to identify, evaluate and implement appropriate needs assessments and consequent interventions.
Students display knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation, including understanding of how data are used to inform decisions, and students display skills and professional practices in appropriate collection, analysis and use of data.
In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete course work in core and elective courses.
|Human development and learning|
|EDUS 604 Adult Development||3|
|Cultural, historical and philosophical|
|EDUS/CLED 631 American College and University||3|
|EDUS/CLED 633 Academic Leadership in Higher Education||3|
|EDUS 660 Research Methods in Education||3|
|CLED 600 Introduction to Counseling||3|
|CLED 601 Theories of Counseling||3|
|CLED 602 Techniques of Counseling||3|
|CLED 603 Group Procedures in Counseling||3|
|CLED 605 Career Information and Exploration||3|
|CLED 606 Assessment Techniques for Counselors||3|
|CLED 607 Multicultural Counseling in Educational Settings||3|
|CLED 608 Practicum: College Student Development and Counseling||3|
|CLED 620 Student Development Services in Higher Education||3|
|CLED 672 Internship||6|
|Total graduate credit hours required (minimum)||48|
A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.
Degree candidacy requirements
As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.
Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.
Students accepted into the counselor education program must make satisfactory progress toward their degrees. Students who earn unsatisfactory grades and/or exhibit unprofessional conduct may be terminated from the program. More specific information about satisfactory academic progress can be found on this website at www.pubapps.vcu.edu/bulletins/graduate/?uid=10045&iid=30075.