School Counseling Master’s Coming This Fall in Atlanta

The College of Continuing and Professional Studies, in partnership with the Tift College of Education, will offer the Master of Science in School Counseling program for individuals desiring a career in school counseling on the Atlanta campus, with classes beginning in August.  For those who already have a master’s degree in counseling, the college will have an add-on certificate program in School Counseling.
Pending Georgia Professional Standards Commission certification, both programs will prepare counselors to address Georgia’s efforts not only to meet the needs of its growing elementary, middle and high school populations, but also to help students remain in school and ultimately improve graduation rates across the state. Schools, particularly in rural and urban school systems, need these “graduation coaches,” said W. David Lane, Ph.D., associate professor and head of the Counseling Department in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

“Graduation coaches are positions, ideally staffed by school counselors, designed to counter the state’s high dropout rate,” said Lane. “Eventually every school, including elementary and middle schools, will have graduation coaches.  This creates unprecedented need for School Counseling professionals, and Mercer University is moving to help address the need.”

For more information on the program contact Amanda Bentley at (678) 547-6554 or

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