Graduate School of Education - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Counseling and Development, MEd Concentration in Community Agency Counseling

Students are prepared to work as mental health counselors in community, state, federal, and private counseling agencies; employee assistance programs; and private practice.

The 52-credit Community Agency Counseling concentration prepares students for positions as mental health counselors in community, state, federal, and private counseling agencies; employee assistance programs; and private practice. Graduates provide services such as individual, couple, family, group, career, psycho-educational, health, multicultural, and substance abuse counseling for a variety of ages and populations. The degree must be completed within six years of enrollment.

The Community Agency Counseling program assists candidates in meeting the educational requirements for the Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor credential which includes 60 hours of coursework. The additional 8 credits of coursework can be taken while enrolled in our master's in Community Agency Counseling program, by applying to and enrolling in our post-master's counseling certificate program, and/or by completing the additional credits of coursework at another university. Additional licensure requirements are outlined in the Licensed Professional Counselors Application including post-master's supervision and experience and a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counselors Examination (NCMHCE).

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.

Core Courses (28 credits)

Community Agency Concentration Courses (18 credits)

Practicum and Internship Courses (6 credits)

Total: 52 credits