Counselor Education Mission Statement: The faculty of the Counselor Education Program is dedicated to educating counselor education professionals as scholar practitioners to function in culturally diverse settings. This training utilizes an integrative practitioner training model emphasizing development, prevention, and enhancement. The programs are designed to provide a challenging, yet supportive environment that promotes professional orientation, practice, commitment to inquiry, and self-awareness.
Further, the faculty is dedicated to the recruitment, retention, education, and preparation of diverse counseling professionals. The faculty select, encourage, and mentor students in the counselor education programs who aspire to become caring, compassionate, and capable counselors and administrators. In order to prepare competent practitioners, the faculty attempts to help each graduate develop:
•Respect for the dignity and worth of the individual
•Commitment to the fulfillment of human potential
•An understanding of educational and counseling processes
•Knowledge in a particular field of counseling
•Commitment to inquiry
Please see the Counselor Education Handbook for general information.
School Counseling Program: Thank you for your interest in the Master of Education degree program in School Counseling at Clemson University. This CACREP-accredited program is dedicated to preparing school counselors who possess the skills and dispositions to work effectively with diverse populations, to engage in data-driven practices, and to be leaders and advocates in their schools. Students completing the M.Ed. degree program in School Counseling will demonstrate an ability to effectively work with students, teachers, administrators, parents and other members of the community. The growing Upstate South Carolina area affords opportunities for students to gain experience with a wide variety of schools and demographics.
Students may complete the program on a part-time or full-time basis. The full-time program can be completed in two years, including one summer. All students must complete the program in six years. Courses are taught in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, at 4:30 or later. Approximately half of the courses are taught at Clemson University and the other half at the University Center in Greenville during each semester. All of the school counseling-specific courses (6 courses) are only taught in Greenville. Full-time students will need to travel back and forth to both locations, and carpooling is encouraged. Most students tend to live in Clemson or Greenville. Typically the program does not offer online classes.
Students completing Clemson's program in school counseling are eligible for certification in South Carolina as elementary school counselors, secondary school counselors, or both. Students moving to other states usually have little difficulty pursuing certification, as our program requirements are comparable to requirements in most states. Furthermore, through careful selection of elective courses during their program, students can complete all coursework necessary to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in South Carolina after graduation.