Welcome to Counselor Education and College Student Affairs!

We welcome your interest in our programs. Our faculty are committed to the preparation of professional counselors who will serve in community settings, mental health facilities, hospitals, college campuses, and schools.

We offer the following programs:

Current counseling students, click here for Field Experiences!

Clinical Mental Health: 2018-19, the University of West Georgia M.Ed. in Professional Counseling had 51 active majors and 13 graduates. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on the national counselor preparation, licensing and certification examinations. Of the reported scores, our graduates achieved the following pass rates on the 2018-2019 administrations of the National Counselor Examination (NCE): 93%. Of the admitted students to the CMHC program, we have a completion rate of approximately 74%, and a job placement rate of approximately 86%.

School Counseling: 2018-19, the University of West Georgia M.Ed. in Professional Counseling had 32 active majors and 19 graduates. Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on the national counselor preparation, licensing and certification examinations. Of the reported scores, our graduates achieved the following pass rates on the 2018-2019 administrations of the GACE School Counseling Content Tests I & II: 100%. Of the admitted students to the School Counseling program, we have a completion rate of approximately 85%, and a job placement rate of approximately 92%.

Counselor Education and College Student Affairs Faculty Contacts

M.Ed. Professional Counseling (Clinical Mental Health)
Dr. Mary Huffstead, Program Cordinator

M.Ed. Professional Counseling (School Counseling)
Dr. Julia Chibbaro, Program Cordinator

M.Ed. Professional Counseling (College Student Affairs)
Dr. Dena Kniess, Program Coordinator

Ed.S. Professional Counseling
Dr. Julia Chibbaro, Program Cordinator

Ed.D. Professional Counseling and Supervision
Dr. Julia Whisenhunt, Director

Ed.D. Higher Education Administration
Dr. Matt Varga, Director

 The University of West Georgia affirms the equal dignity of each person by valuing cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in students, faculty, and staff. The Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Speech-Language Pathology embraces diversity across dimensions, including race, ethnicity and national origins, gender and gender identity, sexuality, class, ability, and religion. We are committed to helping and supporting students in and out of the classroom, who have been and are feeling marginalized. Additionally, the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Speech-Language Pathology denounces institutional and systemic racism. In accordance with our program’s specific professional organizations, we are committed to making actionable steps toward dismantling these systems and working toward equity and inclusion for students and student groups who experience discrimination and marginalization.

For information about admissions requirements and deadlines for the M.Ed. in Professional Counseling programs please visit: https://www.westga.edu/academics/education/cspc/academic_programs.php
Apply to the Counselor Education and College Student Affairs programs online: https://www.westga.edu/academics/gradstudies/apply-now.php