M.A. in School Counseling
The Master of Arts in School Counseling program is 48-semester-hours and prepares graduate students to fulfill the diverse roles required of school counselors who are both theorists and practitioners in a multicultural society. Graduate students are prepared to develop comprehensive school counseling programs which align with the ASCA National Model and to collaborate with parents, school personnel, and others in assisting students with academic, career, personal, and social concerns.
The School Counseling Program stresses developmental, preventative, and remedial services. Additional emphasis is given to acquisition and application of knowledge and skills, critical thinking and decision making, appreciation of diversity, demonstration of professional, ethical and legal practices, and an understanding of the educational process within the complex school environment. The examination of personal values and experiences and their potential influence in a variety of counseling situations is encouraged. The School Counseling Program culminates in a school-based practicum and internship experience designed to solidify the graduate student's identity as a professional school counselor.
1. Graduate students will participate in curricular experiences in each of the following areas of school counseling: foundations; contextual dimensions; program development, implementation, and evaluation; individual and group counseling; classroom guidance; and consultation services.
2. Graduate students will demonstrate skills appropriate to beginning counselors as required by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction School Counselor Program Approval Standards and recommended by professional counseling associations and credentialing bodies.
3. Supported by self-reflective practices, graduate students will demonstrate the acquisition and application of the knowledge and skills outlined above in appropriate school-based practicum and internship experiences and through a comprehensive examination process.
4. Program graduates will be recommended by the GWU School of Education, the university school-related licensing agent, for graduate level licensure in school counseling.
Gardner-Webb University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
International Student Requirements:
1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 500-paper based test, 173 min.-computer based, or 61 min.-internet based.
2. WES - (Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials) - All Transcripts from institutions outside U.S. must be submitted to WES
3. VISA/ PASSPORT - F1 student visa or H1B work/employment visa. -Permanent Residents need to supply a copy of their permanent residency card
International applicants planning to immigrate to the U.S.A., submit the following:
4. Documents to Support Sponsor Financial Responsibility-Copy of most recent Bank Statement and one of the following: Recent tax return OR copies of the Last 3 pay stubs.
5. I-20 Request Form
6. International Student Transfer Form (if coming from another U.S. institution, a copy of your I-94 and I-20 are required)
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 48
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $355 USD
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Fringe Rural Area
Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999