Counselor Education Department Mission Statement:
The faculty of the Counselor Education Program is dedicated to educating counselor education professionals as scholar practitioners to function in culturally diverse settings. This program utilizes an experiential and theory-to-practice model emphasizing development, prevention and intervention. The program areas are designed to provide challenging, yet supportive environments that promote professional orientation, commitment to inquiry and self-awareness.
The faculty is dedicated to the recruitment, retention and education of diverse professionals. In order to prepare counselor education professionals, the faculty, through a program of planned educational experiences, attempts to develop in each graduate:
- Respect for the dignity and worth of all individuals.
- Commitment to the fulfillment of human potential.
- An understanding of educational and counseling processes.
- Knowledge in the counseling program area.
- Ethical competencies.
- Commitment to inquiry.
- Advocacy dispositions.
Please see the Counselor Education Handbook for general information.
School Counseling Program: Thank you for your interest in the Master of Education/Educational Specialist degree program in school counseling at Clemson University. This CACREP-accredited program is dedicated to preparing school counselors who possess the skills and dispositions to work effectively with diverse populations, to engage in data-driven practices, and to be leaders and advocates in their schools. Students completing the M.Ed./Ed.S. degree program in school counseling will demonstrate an ability to effectively work with students, teachers, administrators, parents and other members of the community. The growing Upstate South Carolina area affords opportunities for students to gain experience with a wide variety of schools and demographics.
The program and program faculty reside in the Department of Education and Human Development. Current program faculty include program coordinator Amy Milsom. D.Ed., Corrine Sackett, Ph.D., David Scott, Ph.D., Elaine Hiott, Ph.D and Tiffany Rogers, Ph.D.
Students may complete the program on a part-time or full-time basis. The full-time program can be completed in two years, including summers. All students must complete the program in six years. Courses are taught in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, at 4:30 or later. Approximately half of the courses are taught at Clemson University and the other half at the University Center in Greenville during each semester. All of the school counseling-specific courses (six courses) are only taught in Greenville. Full-time students will need to travel back and forth to both locations, and carpooling is encouraged. Most students tend to live in Clemson or Greenville. Typically the program does not offer online classes.
Information is available about school counseling students, including admissions and enrollment data, graduation and employment, and PRAXIS exam outcomes. The 2015-16 School Counseling Program Annual Report documents other program data and modifications.
Students completing Clemson's program in school counseling will earn the Educational Specialist degree and become eligible for starting salaries at the master's + 30, or Ed.S., pay level. Graduates are eligible for certification in South Carolina as elementary school counselors, secondary school counselors or both. Students moving to other states usually have little difficulty pursuing certification, as our program requirements are comparable to requirements in most states. Furthermore, through careful selection of elective courses during their program, students can complete all coursework necessary to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in South Carolina after graduation.