Longwood’s graduate program in Counselor Education is designed to provide the knowledge, training and support you'll need to become an advocate for and provider of counseling services. You’ll receive solid grounding in the theoretical frameworks of counseling and how they translate into individual and group interventions tailored to diverse client needs. Our curriculum offers multicultural and social justice perspectives and is enhanced by our students who represent a wide range of ages and life experiences.

Through face-to-face instruction in small class settings, you’ll learn from dedicated faculty who have real-world clinical experiences and are active in professional counseling associations. Our faculty are strong mentors who are invested in providing the personal and professional support you’ll need to excel in a variety of counseling settings.

We offer tracks in College Counseling and Student Affairs, Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling. Our flexible program is offered year-round and includes full-time and part-time options. Students in all tracks will be prepared to assist clients in self-discovery, personal growth and in making healthy lifestyle choices. An initial practicum (100 hours) and a final internship (600 hours) are required in all tracks.

Career Paths

Our graduates become counselors who work in a variety of settings, including

  • Hospitals
  • Community mental health agencies
  • K-12 schools
  • Post-secondary settings

 

Admission Requirements

 Graduate of a four-year regionally accredited college or university.

  • A minimum, overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). If not, either a minimum mean score on two out of three parts (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing) of the General GRE test OR a GPA of 3.5 on six hours of Longwood graduate courses that are part of the degree program to which the applicant is applying taken as a non-degree registrant within the last 12 months.
  • Personal essay of 500 words or more addressing reasons for seeking graduate education and specifically in counselor education
  • Two recommendations related to your competence and effectiveness in your academic and professional work
  • Official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended
  • Criminal background check
  • Interview

No more than nine Longwood non-degree graduate hours may be counted toward a degree, certificate or professional endorsement program.

Applicants should review Longwood’s Graduate Student Admissions which include:  

  • Graduate Admissions Requirements
  • Application Procedures & Deadlines
  • Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

International Student applicants should review the international admission requirements and standards for TOEFL scores.

Application Procedures

Deadlines

For optimal consideration for admission, financial aid, and graduate assistantships, the deadline is February 1 for all three tracks.

How to Apply

Costs & Financial Aid

Courses & Requirements