School of Education - George Mason University

Counseling, MEd Concentration in School Counseling PK-12

The School Counseling concentration prepares counselors for positions in public or private elementary, middle, or secondary schools.

Graduates qualify for Virginia Department of Education licensure as a School Counselor for all grades, PreK-12. The degree must be completed within six years of enrollment.

To obtain a VA School Counseling license, students must:

  1. Complete our School Counseling program to receive a provisional license (As and Bs in all course work required) through the CEHD Licensure Specialist office or school districts.
  2. Complete two years of full-time work as a school counselor to be granted a professional license.
Matriculation Requirements

Grading Policy: Students enrolled in this degree program must earn a B or higher in counseling courses and in all licensure coursework, including practicum and internship courses. Students are permitted to repeat a course only once.

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Methods of Instruction

Courses are held in person on the GMU Fairfax campus. Several courses may utilize online modules, but all courses require in person, on campus meetings.

Note: Due to COVID-19, the program may utilize online learning. Course instructors will provide specific information to students.

Admissions and Financial Aid

Admissions Criteria:

  • Completed application
  • College transcripts
  • Goals statement
  • 2 professional letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • 12 credits of behavioral science or closely related coursework
  • Recommended: prior counseling-related work or volunteer experience

Application information is available here.

Tuition and Financial Aid Information is available here.

Matriculation Requirements

Grading Policy: Students enrolled in this degree program must earn a B or higher in counseling courses and in all licensure coursework, including practicum and internship courses. Students are permitted to repeat a course only once.

Program Outcomes and Reports

School Counseling Program Outcomes: 2019-2020

  1. The number of graduates for the past academic year (2018-2019) was 31.
  2. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) does not require a credentialing examination for school counselors. All students (100%) who graduate from the school counseling program are eligible for a provisional license from VDOE upon graduation.
  3. Data on completion rates show that 97% of School Counseling students completed their degree within the 6-year limit. This data is from the most recent group of students to reach the 6-year limit, those students admitted in 2013-2014. The following table shows the length of time it took students in this group to complete the program.
  4. # of 2013-14 Admits % Finished in 2 years % Finished in 3 years % Finished in 4 years % Finished in 5 years % Finished in 6 years Did Not Complete within 6 years
    297%45%41%3%0%3%


  5. The GMU Career Survey administered in 2019 provides the following information on job placement: of 9 respondents, 8 were employed or had accepted a position (89%) and 1 reported that they were not employed but seeking employment (11%).
Accreditation Status

George Mason University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). More information can be found at Mason Accreditation.The School Counseling concentration is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Licensure Disclosure

This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.