What are you looking for?


Program Overview

Home Counselor Education

School of Education
James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.

323 Rufus E. Clement Hall
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone:  404-880-8505

Program Overview

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.

Programs in Counselor Education

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.

Admission Requirements

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:

  1. Completed and signed application.
  2. Cashier’s check or money order (made payable to Clark Atlanta University) in the amount of $40. The application fee for an international applicant is $55 U.S. dollars. The application fee will not be waived and is nonrefundable.
  3. An official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended. Transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions from the institution’s Office of the Registrar. A transcript which has been “issued to the student” will not be accepted.
  4. An official GRE Report of Scores or GMAT Report (if applicable) from the Educational Testing Service Test requirements will not be deferred or waived. Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable.
  5. Three recommendation letters: two from former instructors and one from an employer or supervisor. If the applicant has not attended school for two years then all three recommendations may come from an employer or supervisor. The letters of recommendation can be submitted by email to graduateadmissions@cau.edu 
  6. Resume, which can be submitted by email to graduateadmissions@cau.edu.
  7. A Dean of Students Certification form from the last institution you have attended (this form is only required if you attended an institution within the last two years). The Dean of Students or the administrative officer in charge of disciplinary records must complete this form and mail it directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

School of Education Only: 

  1. A letter of intent which discusses career goals, reasons for applying to Clark Atlanta University, and qualifications for admission. Contact the program office of your intended area of study for additional details. The letter of intent can be submitted by email to graduateadmissions@cau.edu.
  2. Readmission: A Clark Atlanta University student who has not been enrolled for one semester (not including the summer) is required to apply for readmission. Applications must be submitted at least thirty (30) days before the first day of registration of the term for which readmission is sought. A former student who has attended another college or university during his or her absence from Clark Atlanta University must have an official transcript from each institution’s Office of the Registrar mailed to Clark Atlanta University, Office of Graduate Admissions.

Click to Go to Admissions.

Degree Requirements

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.