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The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology is administratively located within the College of Education at the University of West Georgia. The department offers two graduate degrees in professional counseling (M.Ed. and Ed.S.). In addition to offering graduate work in counseling, the Department offers the supporting course work and expertise in Educational Psychology for the various departments within the School. Most course work is offered in the late afternoon and evening with the exception of summer semester.
Both counseling degrees are designed to meet the academic requirements for licensing in professional counseling (LPC) in Georgia and certification by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Graduates are eligible for these credentials after successfully passing the appropriate exams and completing required post degree supervised counseling experiences. The faculty subscribes to the Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association. The M.Ed. programs in school and community counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Over 2,000 graduate students have completed their degrees since 1969. Currently, there are several hundred graduate students pursuing work within the department. Twelve faculty with diverse teaching and research interests make up the department (in addition to part-time and adjunct faculty).
The department has been selected as only one of six universities in the United States to take a leadership role in transforming school counseling. A prestigious and generous grant from the Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund (administered by the Education Trust) has enabled the department to work closely with school systems, especially Clayton County which is our partner school system, in transforming the work of professional school counselors.
The department also houses the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (a national counseling honor society).