As one of only 8 CACREP-accredited programs in the nation, the Career Counseling program’s approach to career counseling services centers on the interaction between theory, practice, and research. This program will prepare you for positions in career counseling, career placement, academic advising, and professional counseling. You will earn two graduate degrees simultaneously – the Master of Science and the Educational Specialist degrees – and you will gain hands-on experience in the field through career advising, career counseling, college teaching, workshop and outreach presentations, and program development. Paid graduate assistantships, tuition waivers, and designated scholarships/fellowships are available to qualified students.
In order to meet minimum University and departmental admission requirements, an applicant must have:
Verbal – 145 or above
Analytical – 3.5 or above
TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
IELTS – 6.5
MELAB – 77
Florida State University
Office of Admissions
282 Champions Way
P.O. Box 3062400
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400
For this program, the following supporting documents must be uploaded to the Admissions Application Portal:
See Scholarships and Aid.
Career Counselors across the nation currently earn a median pay of $53,610 annually. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 19 percent growth in the career counseling field over the next decade, which translates into 53,400 new jobs available by 2020.
The Career Counseling program at Florida State will provide you with training beyond the minimum requirements for most counseling positions, which significantly increases the competitive employment advantage as an FSU graduate. The training you will receive in this program could lead you to work with the mental health concerns of clients in addition to their career concerns.
Most graduates seek positions in colleges and universities as career counselors, career placement professionals, co-op/internship directors, academic advisors, and professional counselors.
Other opportunities include:
COUNSELOR EDUCATION MISSION AND OBJECTIVES
The Counselor Education degree program’s mission is to provide high quality training that reflects current research and prepare professional counselors for positions in public and private settings within a multicultural and pluralistic world. The curriculum for M.S./Ed.S. counseling majors will lead to eligibility for certification and licensure as professional counselors. Professional counselors promote the social, psychological, physical, and spiritual health of individuals, families, communities, and organizations. The PCS Counselor Education program provides students with the opportunity to obtain a wealth of common core generalist counselor knowledge, while specializing in Career Counseling or Mental Health Counseling. The mission is achieved through the following objectives, which are based on input from faculty, students, alumni, supervisors and employers:
A. To provide a quality education to persons pursuing Master of Science (M.S.)/Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees in Counselor Education, while specializing in Career Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
B. To provide M.S./Ed.S.-level graduate students with quality clinical training and understanding of professional issues in the areas of career counseling, clinical mental health counseling, general counseling, and case management.
C. To prepare M.S./Ed.S.-level graduate students with knowledge and skills in providing effective individual and group counseling in a multitude of settings.
D. To provide students with skill and knowledge in conducting needs assessment and research in the field of counseling.
E. To prepare M.S./Ed.S.-level graduate students with knowledge and skill in effectively addressing issues and concerns related to diverse populations.
F. To provide skill and knowledge in the application of ethical and legal principles in the practice of counseling.
The counselor education program evaluates our achievement of these efforts through the use of our Comprehensive Assessment Plan (CAP), and feedback from students, graduates, alumni (2 years post graduation), supervisors, and employers. These reports and the CAP are available below.
INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
INFORMATION FOR SITE SUPERVISORS
The following students and alumni may be contacted if you would like additional information about the FSU career counseling program from a student’s perspective.
Megan Konen, Class of 2019
Merline Dieujuste, Class of 2018
Taylor Pentz, Class of 2017
Laura Beth Lancaster, Class of 2016
Liz Pawley, Class of 2015
Emily Fiore, Class of 2015
Maddie Foster, Class of 2014
Leigh Eskin, Class of 2013
Shawn Conlon, Class of 2012
Luis Santiago, Class of 2011
Katherine E. Ledwith, Class of 2010
Dr. Shengli Dong Coordinator of Counselor Education