School of Education
James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.
323 Rufus E. Clement Hall
Atlanta, GA 30314
The Department of Counselor Education offers programs leading to Master of Arts degrees in Community Counseling and School Counseling. The Counseling Programs further Clark Atlanta’s mission by preparing students to assume roles of leadership and service in society as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Certified School Counselors through Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards-based programs. The curricula of the department are designed to prepare candidates who are knowledgeable, competent, ethical, reflective and critical thinkers. This preparation takes place in a pluralistic teaching and learning environment that incorporates all educational means, including didactic courses, practicum and internships, research, and community service.
The mission of the Counselor Education Department is to prepare candidates to assume roles of leadership and service in society as licensed professional counselors, in accordance with Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and Professional Standards Commission (PSC) standards and guidelines for diverse groups in a global society.
The Department of Counselor Education will prepare a diverse pool of candidates who are knowledgeable, critical thinkers, and ethical change agents, to promote a more just and humane society through counseling in collaboration with school and community partnerships and continued accreditation and counselor education programs.
Master of Arts (M.A.) in School Counseling
The Master of Arts degree in School Counseling is a minimum of 51 hours (postbachelor’s) program and is designed to prepare professional counselors to work in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Upon completion of the program, graduates qualify for endorsement for initial certification by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as a School Counselor (SC-5).
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Community Counseling
The Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling requires a minimum of 48 hours (post-bachelor’s) and is designed to prepare students for professional counseling positions in a variety of community settings, including community mental health agencies, mental health hospitals, juvenile justice agencies, and substance abuse treatment facilities. This planned program fulfills all the academic requirements for licensure in the State of Georgia.
Students seeking admission to Clark Atlanta University must submit an application for admission to the University. Completing the application form online will activate your admissions file. Your file will not be considered complete or submitted to the Graduate department until the Office of Graduate Admissions receives the following:
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1. Minimum of 48 or 51 semester credit hours, including 100 clock hours of practicum and 600 hours of internship experience in a school setting or community setting;
2. Grade of B or better in all courses;
3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
4. Satisfactory completion of the Communication Skills requirement; and
5. Satisfactory completion of Comprehensive Examination.
Credit Hour Requirements
Community Counseling M.A. Degree: Completion of a minimum of forty-eight (48) credit hours of course work.
School Counseling M.A. Degree: Completion of a minimum of fifty-one (51) credit hours of course work.