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Counselor Education

As a professional counselor, you will help and support individuals, couples, families and groups in school and community settings. Doctoral graduates conduct research, teaching, and provide supervision to advance the counseling profession.

Are you motivated to help others using specialized interpersonal skills and techniques? To conduct research on best practices in counseling or to train new counselors?

The Counselor Education programs are held to the highest ethical and professional standards of training and practice. USC Counselor Education graduates demonstrate leadership qualities, knowledge, and character which go beyond the standards set forth by the counseling profession and their areas of specialization.

The EdS degree programs in School Counseling and Marriage, Couples & Family Counseling are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs. Graduates of these programs have gone on to succeed in a variety of counseling positions. The PhD program has also earned accreditation; its graduates can be found as faculty in counselor education programs in colleges and universities across the nation.

The new EdS degree in Clinical Mental Health is preparing for the accreditation review process. As part of our ongoing commitment to exceeding standards, we encourage you to view our most recent Systematic Program Evaluation Summary.

We would also like to invite you to Join the conversation on Facebook to see how other counselors are feeling about issues specific to the profession as well as achievements and opportunities in our professional community.

Your course work

The University of South Carolina and the College of Education are committed to multiculturalism, and the Counselor Education program actively promotes diversity within a social justice framework to foster a climate of respect for one another.  Your fellow students, along with the program faculty form a diverse community of learners who are collaboratively engaged in scholarship, leadership, service, and advocacy for systemic change. Your course work will help you develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions that epitomize excellence in counseling.

Your career

After completing an Educational Specialist degree, you might work in private practice, for a community agency, university counseling center, or K-12 school. Doctoral graduates work in institutions of higher education throughout the United States conducting research and training future counselors.

The Minor in Counseling can open many doors by giving you a solid foundation of the helping professions- psychology, social work, and criminal justice among many others. The Career Development Facilitator Certificate  gives you the knowledge to guide others in making their own career choices as a career counselor.