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Counselor Education Program

Counselor Education

A program for aspiring school and clinical mental health counselors, educational leaders, and future faculty in Counselor Education and Supervision

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Excellence in Counselor Education

Our faculty and students embody Excellence in Counselor Education. The Virginia Tech Counselor Education Program prepares professional counselors, counselor educators, and leaders in the counseling field with a professional identity that incorporates the intentional use of strength-based approaches, reflective practice, innovative and evidence-based strategies, and ongoing research to support and enhance our schools and communities.


The program serves students from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the country, and the world, at campuses in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia.

Our faculty provide continuing education and consultation to school systems, community agencies, and other organizations to support the development of helping professionals already in the workforce. Our faculty and students recognize that we live in a dynamic pluralistic society, and we are dedicated to enriching the lives of children, adolescents, and adults in our schools and communities.

Our Counselor Education program offers two master's degree tracks (both offering a Master's in Education, M.A.Ed.), one in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and one in School Counseling. Both master's programs are offered on our Roanoke campus. The doctoral program in Counseling Education and Supervision  is offered on our Blacksburg campus, and prepares skilled counselors who conduct impactful research, practice, supervise, and teach.

Reimagining the future begins with practices that put educational excellence, innovation, and equity at the fore. At the Virginia Tech School of Education, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to contribute to individual and community well-being, conduct groundbreaking research, and engage with learning communities around the globe. 

As a catalyst for individual transformation, the School of Education is pushing the boundaries of knowledge and practice to reimagine a more equitable and just world.

Program Deadlines & Dates

M.A.Ed.  Applicants

Starting Semester:

Summer 2


January 10

Ph.D. Applicants

Starting Semester:



April 1

2023 Admission Open House Session Videos

Watch these videos to hear about our programs and the admissions process, to meet our faculty, and to hear from students interested in our programs.

M.A.Ed. 2023 Information Open House

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Ph.D. 2023 Information Open House

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Dr. Fullen smiles for the camera. He poses in the warm environment of the Inn at Virginia Tech
Matthew Fullen, Associate Professor and Program Leader, Counselor Education

Gerard Lawson, Professor & Interim Director, VT SOE

Gerard Lawson, Interim Director & Professor
Gerard Lawson, Professor & Interim Director, VT SOE
Dr. Hannah Bayne stands in front of a decorative white and teal patterned wall. Her brown hair is curly, she offers the viewer a happy smile, and she is wearing a white tank top.
Hannah Bayne, Associate Professor
Dr. Grimes smiles confidently  in her formal portrait
Tameka O. Grimes, Assistant Professor
Dr. Welfare offers a small smile to the camera in her formal portrait
Laura Welfare, Professor

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Fitzgerald smiles for the camera. Her long brown hair is gently pulled back, framing her face.
Jenna R. Fitzgerald, PhD, LPC, NCC; Adjunct Faculty of Counselor Education
Dannette leans against a wall of Hokie Stonel, arms crossed, comfortably smiling at the camera
Dannette Gomez Beane, PhD, Assistant Vice Provost, Enrollment; Adjunct Faculty of Counselor Education