The master’s degree program offers a curriculum that emphasizes the following core components: professional orientation and ethical practice; social and cultural diversity; human growth and development; career development; helping relationships; group work; assessment; and research and program evaluation. The MSEd in counseling includes two concentration areas: Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling.
School Counseling graduates meet requirements for the Virginia Licensed School Counselor credential. The school counseling concentration prepares graduates to act as systems-change agents throughout K-12 settings in order to address the academic and developmental needs of children, adolescents, and youth. Through the use of experiential and didactic instruction, graduates from the school counseling concentration learn to think systemically, lead effectively, and collaborate with other professionals and stakeholder groups in schools as well as communities. As advocates for children, adolescents, and youth, graduates are encouraged to embrace the belief that school counselors are a major force in closing the achievement gap and that changes in students and programs will be observable, measurable, and impactful. The school counseling concentration includes courses in school climate and culture, counseling children and adolescents, professional issues, and program development. School Counseling students who complete electives in diagnosis, addictions, and family dynamics can also meet the educational requirements for the LPC credential in Virginia.