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School Counseling – Graduate Degree

Degree Offered: Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)

Departmental Website
: School Counseling - M.A.Ed.

Program Description: Western's program in counseling provides students with academic and field-based experience leading to a Master of Arts in Education in School Counseling. The program prepares individuals for employment as counselors in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools and leads to a recommendation for licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Graduates from the program may begin the application process for professional counselor licensure in North Carolina.

The program is a minimum two years in length consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours.

This program is nationally CACREP-accredited.


Location of Course Offerings: Classes are taught primarily in the evening, at both Biltmore Park and Cullowhee locations.

Admission Requirements:

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • GRE General Exam
      • For applicants who took the GRE within the last ten years and prior to October 1, 2002, a score of 900 or higher on the analytical plus either the verbal or quantitative.
      • For applicants who took the GRE on or after October 1, 2002, a score of 4 or higher on the analytical (writing) and 450 or higher on either the verbal or quantitative.
    • Goal statement
    • Education/work resume
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Applicants will be screened and qualified individuals will be invited for an interview. The interview is a major criterion in the selection process.

Application Deadline: February 1 for Fall admission

Prerequisites: Up to nine hours of coursework may be required to supplement undergraduate education.

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Lisen Roberts
Department of Human Services


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