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Positively impact student achievement as a school counselor
School counselors play a vital role in facilitating personal, social, and academic growth and career development for students. Mercer University’s CACREP-accredited* Master of Science in School Counseling prepares graduates to work as school counselors in public and private P-12 educational settings.
Mercer’s program offers:
- Expansive curriculum with research opportunities
- Relevant internship experience working in schools
- Preparation for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) licensure exams
Students must also complete the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) II Content Assessments for School Counseling for licensure by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). The National Counselor Examination (NCE) is necessary for NCC licensure.
In 2019, program graduates achieved a 95% first-time pass rate on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Mercer students have also consistently averaged scores that are above the national average for other counseling programs.
Designed for busy and working adults
The M.S. in School Counseling is offered at Mercer’s Atlanta campus, and some required courses are also available online. Students can enroll in January, May, or August. Classes meet one night per week, and courses are scheduled in 16-week semesters. Students may pursue the degree on a part-time or full-time basis. Completion time is typically 30-36 months for a full-time student, though additional time may be necessary to satisfy field work.
Influence student success in a growing occupation
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects school counseling jobs to grow faster than average due to increasing student enrollments. Mercer’s school counseling program qualifies graduates to help students of all ages and grade levels in various settings, including public schools, private schools, and independent schools.
*The School Counseling program at Mercer University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Visit our Outcomes page to learn more.