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.


Our program is designed to fulfill the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia under the Department of Health Professions. In addition, the school counseling track follows the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education licensure regulations for school counselors*

Career Paths

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

  • Hospitals
  • Community mental health agencies
  • Elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Private practice 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 within the last 12 months as a conditional admit
  • 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 from each college/university from which you have earned a degree or additional course credit following the conferral of your degree
  • Criminal background check
  • Interview, February 15 priority date

Up to nine Longwood non-degree graduate hours may be counted toward a degree or professional endorsement program. Students shall apply to a Longwood graduate program prior to enrolling in additional hours.

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


Applications to all three tracks are due once annually by February 1st for priority consideration for admission to the subsequent summer semester (School Counseling & College Counseling/Student Affairs tracks) or fall semester (Mental Health Counseling track). Applications received after Feb 1 will be considered on the availability of spaces left. This also applies to consideration for financial aid and graduate assistantships

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Costs & Financial Aid

Courses & Requirements

Prior to registration, students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding course selection and sequence, career goals and relevant academic policies.

Counselor Education Requirements (pdf)



School Counseling  

  1. Visit doe.virginia.gov
  2. Select Licensure on the right-hand side
  3. Complete the Application for a Virginia License – Pupil Personnel Services License
  4. Receive college verification from Dr. Connie Ballard

Mental Health Counseling

To become a Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC Licensure Process Handbook (pdf)