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School Counseling – Graduate Degree

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

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: 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 M.A.Ed. in Education in School Counseling. The program prepares individuals for employment as counselors in elementary, middle and high schools and leads to a recommendation for licensure by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Graduates from the program also have the option to begin the application process for professional counselor licensure (LPC) 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.                     

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Location of Course Offerings: Biltmore Park 

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 July 31, 2011, a score of 450 or higher on either the verbal or quantitative.and 4.0 or higher on the analytical.
      • For applicants who took the GRE on or after August 1, 2011, a score of 150 or higher on either the verbal or quantitative.and 4.0 or higher on the analytical.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate degree
    • Goal statement
    • Education/work resume
    • Three recommendations from academic and/or professional sources
    • 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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