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M.A.Ed. Degree in Counselor Education

Campus: Virginia Tech Roanoke Center, Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

Program Overview

Counselors help individuals change their lives. They work in school and community settings to advocate for individuals, and support social justice. 

We offer two master's degree tracks School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Students in the Counselor Education master's program will accumulate 60 hours of graduate-level training over two-years of full-time studies. 


Why choose this program?

  • Counselor Educators and Supervisors are those skilled counselors who both do and teach. Counselor educators help to support the development of counseling students through direct instruction, as faculty in colleges and universities, and also through the supervision of the work done by students and new professionals. Those are central components of ensuring high quality clinical work, and protecting the clients who are served by counselors.
  • The counselor education program in Virginia Tech's School of Education helps excellent counselors shape the future of the counseling profession through teaching, supervision, advocacy, and research. Our program believes strongly in the researcher-practitioner model. Our students receive a strong foundation in research methods that help them to design and conduct research that can be translated into practice. 

What You'll Study

We offer two master's degree tracks School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Students in the Counselor Education master's program will accumulate 60 hours of graduate-level training over two-years of full-time studies. The coursework involves classes in the foundations of counseling theory and practice, including ethics, diagnosis, group counseling, testing, and appraisal. In addition, there are specialty courses on trauma, addictions, and the use of creativity in counseling. Opportunities to put skills into action in our Practicum experience (in the community and in our clinic in Roanoke) and in the year-long Internship experience set the program apart, and help distinguish our graduates. The combination of classroom and practical experiences helps students develop into well-trained counselors.

Clinical Mental Health graduates have completed all of the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in Virginia. After graduation, there is a residency period (typically 2-3 years) and an exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). School Counseling graduates have completed all of the educational requirements for provisional licensure as a Professional School Counselor. After working for two years, the provisional status is lifted, and they become fully licensed as school counselors.

The career outlook for mental health counselors is excellent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The mental health counselor field is expected to grow 37% between 2010 and 2020, much faster than most professions.

Master’s Program Applications are Due January 10 Each Year.

  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with 3.0-grade point average (GPA) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work for regular admission status or 2.5 GPA to 2.99 GPA for provisional admission status.
  • Have career goals consistent with the degree offered by Counselor Education.
  • Demonstrate commitment to time requirements of the Counselor Education program.
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills.

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There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

Domestic and International Application

  • *Summer II:  January 10

*Students are admitted once per year

Nancy Bodenhorn
Program Leader

1750 Kraft Drive, Room 2112 (0302)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8180 |

Kathy Tickle
Program Support Technician
Enrollment Services Specialist
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-9721 |

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Gerard Lawson
Program Director
1750 Kraft Drive, Room 2003
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-9703 |


Wanda McAlexander
Program Support Technician
1750 Kraft Drive, Rm 2100
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Faculty Experts in Counselor Education