**Degree in Counselor Education
Counselors are highly trained professionals who support individuals struggling with life’s challenges. Our master’s graduates go on to work in community mental health and academic settings as school counselors and clinical mental health counselors. They are on the front lines to help address mental health issues, support wellness, and bring about meaningful change in their communities. Those efforts are central to helping people achieve their emotional, social, academic, and career goals — counselors help people live happier more fulfilled lives. Students who come to study here are driven by that same desire to help people.
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. The faculty provides 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.
Accreditation and Membership
Degree programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and by the National Commission of Accreditation and Teacher Education(NCATE). They are also approved by the Virginia Department of Education for the preparation of school counselors.