Campus: Virginia Tech Roanoke Center 

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

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

2 Tracks School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling
1972 Program producing stellar graduates since
2 Years (Typical time to degree)
Practicum Experience
Our Counselor Education 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.


Why Study Counselor Education Here?

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.

The Virginia Tech counselor education program is an ideal counselor training program.  It is more than a degree path-it is an experience that inspires both personal and professional growth.  The EDCO professors and staff shape this inspirational program with their generous contributions of knowledge, experience, lesson development, creativity, support and time.  I am prepared to serve my community as a counselor because of this VT EDCO program.

Sarah Dunleavy

The program encourages ​individuality; ​ there is no ​predetermined model of an ideal counselor. Rather, the essence of who you are and your involvement in the program will be supported by your classmates and professors as well as ongoing reflection to develop your individual counselor identity. This graduate program also encourages your insight and past experiences to be shared in order to challenge, maintain, or improve how you understand yourself and the world around you as well.

Ayomide Sokoya
Faculty Research Interests

-Counselor cognitive development

-Evidence-based practices in counselor education and supervision

-Supervisor development

-Counseling assessment


 - Clinical preparation as preparation for doctoral programs in Counselor Education

- School counselor professional development

- Role definition

- Ethics and self-efficacy

- International school counseling

- Clinical supervision

- Counselor development

- Substance abuse counseling

- Counselor wellness and impairment issues


- Counselor competence with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients

- LGBTQ-affirmative training

- Clinical supervision techniques and pedagogy to develop counselor personhood

- Mindfulness practices in counselor education

- Mindfulness in K-12 education


- Adult Development and Aging

- Counseling Older Adults

- Access to Mental Health Services in Later Life

- Suicide Prevention Across the Life Span

- Application of Resilience and Wellness Models


Counselor Education Research Highlights

Advocating for Educational Standards in Counselor Licensure Laws

As the counseling profession evolves, educational standards for counselor licen- sure must be standardized from state to state. In this article, the authors discuss

historical and current influences and present an advocacy model that has been used to standardize educational requirements in state counselor licensure laws.


Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the Counselor Education (M.A.) should contact the Masters Admissions Leader, Laura B. Farmer, by email at

Visit our office at 226 War Memorial Hall (0313), 370 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

*Summer II:  January 10

International Application

*Summer II: January 10

*Students are admitted once per year


Laura E. Welfare
Program Leader
2002 VT CRC(0302)
1750 Kraft Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24060

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

School of Education

226 War Memorial Hall (0313)

370 Drillfield Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061