M.Ed. FAQ


Program FAQ

Is the master of education in human development counseling accredited?
The on-campus master of education in human development counseling program with curriculum tracks in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The online master of education in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling program has been designed to meet CACREP accreditation standards. In conjunction with CACREP guidelines, a review of the program has begun. While the online program is not yet CACREP accredited, every effort is made to prepare students with the necessary skills and knowledge to sit for licensing exams. Licensure requirements differ from state to state, so students should research the requirements specific to the state in which they want to work.

The master of education (M.Ed.) in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling from Vanderbilt University Peabody College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

How long does the program take to complete?
The program is 48 credit hours and can be completed in three years.

Why has the total number of credits changed from 60 to 48 for the online program?
The online M.Ed. program initially launched with a 60-credit-hour curriculum, in anticipation of meeting upcoming changes in national accreditation standards for school counseling programs. The shift was made to a 48-credit-hour curriculum because there is more time than previously anticipated before these national accreditation standards will go into effect. Additionally, the 48-credit-hour curriculum aligns better with the current on-campus program requirements. This change also enables students to complete the M.Ed. program in three years, while receiving an education that mirrors that of the on-campus program and aligns with the current national accreditation standard.

Does this program meet every state’s licensure requirements?
Licensure requirements vary from state to state. Most state licensing boards require a master’s degree and testing. Students are encouraged to research the requirements for licensure specific to their state of residence.

What types of certification or licensure will students need once they earn their degree to become a school counselor?
Licensure requirements vary from state to state. Most state licensing boards require a master’s degree and testing. Students are encouraged to research the requirements for licensure specific to their state of residence.

Are students required to visit the Vanderbilt University campus?
Students are required to attend two immersion experiences on Vanderbilt University’s campus in Nashville, Tennessee. The immersions are weekend-long site-specific learning experiences that extend and enrich students’ curricular experiences through the practical application of theoretical and conceptual constructs. It also provides an opportunity for students to meet their peers and Vanderbilt faculty, and experience the campus in person. The immersion experiences will occur as required sessions within the Pre-Practicum and Group Counseling courses. Immersion I takes place within the first two to four weeks of the program; Immersion II is held in the fourth or fifth term of the program.

Is there an internship or field experience requirement?
Students will take the Internship I course (3 credits) in one term. This requires a supervised counseling internship of 200 hours in a K-12 school setting.

Students will take the Internship II and III courses (6 credits) in two terms. Each internship term requires a supervised counseling internship of 300 hours in a K-12 school setting (for a total of 600 hours).

These 9 credits provide students with an on-site experience in counseling. Students will gain advanced training in counseling and guidance techniques within a school setting while analyzing and applying appropriate counseling and guidance techniques relative to sound theory and school counseling practices.

Students must complete one internship each in an elementary, middle, and high school.

What is the time commitment required while in the program?
Students are required to attend all live classes each week. Live classes are held Monday through Thursday and may begin as early as 4 p.m. CT.

Students should expect to spend about three hours a week in live classes and about four to five hours per course per week on asynchronous course work, course readings, and other course assignments.

 

Admissions FAQ

Do applicants need an undergraduate degree in counseling, psychology, or education to be eligible for the M.Ed. program?
Applicants can have an undergraduate degree in any field to be eligible for the M.Ed. program.

Do applicants need to submit standardized test scores?
Scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required for the master’s in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling. The MAT must have been taken within the last five years, and applicants must have an official score report sent directly from the testing agency. Our MAT institutional code is 2332.

GRE scores may be submitted in lieu of the MAT. The GRE must have been taken within the last five years, and you must have an official score report sent directly from the testing agency. Our GRE institutional code is 1871, and there is no department code.

If an applicant is neither a US citizen nor a permanent resident, can he or she still apply?
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, or permanent residents, who reside in the United States.

Do applicants need to complete an interview for the M.Ed. program?
All admissible M.Ed. applicants will be invited to schedule an interview prior to receiving an admissions decision.

Is there an application fee?
There is no application fee for the M.Ed. program.

Are there prerequisite requirements?
M.Ed. applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree and must submit transcripts, a résumé, a statement of purpose, at least three letters of recommendation, and standardized test scores, and in some cases must participate in an admissions interview.

Applicants whose academic work has been in a country other than the U.S., U.K., Australia, or English-speaking Canada must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.

If the applicant’s prior study was completed outside of the United States, he or she must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree to be eligible for admission. The submitted transcript(s) must have an English translation. Those who earned degrees from non-U.S. institutions and who are admitted and enroll at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College are required to have their transcripts evaluated by an approved credentials evaluation agency and to have an official report sent by the agency to the Graduate Admissions Office. The World Education Services (WES) is the preferred agency used by Peabody College. A WES evaluation is not required for the application.

Can applicants request that their transcripts be sent electronically?
Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions the applicants have attended, they should specify that their transcript(s) be sent to apps@peabodyonline.vanderbilt.edu, as this will expedite the delivery of the transcript(s) and the completion of the application.

 

Internship FAQ

Do students need to secure their own internship?
Peabody Online’s dedicated field placement team will work with students to secure internships that meet the program requirements. All internships must be approved by Vanderbilt University.

How much time should students expect to spend at their internship site?
Students should expect to spend approximately 14 hours per week at their school site during Internship I and approximately 22 hours per week at their school site during Internship II and III.

When does the M.Ed. program internship begin?
Internship I is the first field experience and will always take place in a January (spring) term. Internships are sequenced January (spring) / August (fall) / January (spring).

Can students complete their internship where they work?
Internships must be completed in schools, and students must complete their internships at schools in which they are not currently employed. Each internship requires an average of 14-22 hours per week during the 14-week term. These hours will be completed within the typical school day and in accordance with the placement school’s calendar. Because they require a significant time commitment and must take place during regular school hours, students will not be able to hold full-time jobs while completing their internships.

How far will students have to travel to get to their internship?
The placement team will work with students to provide school internships within a 75-mile radius of the student’s preferred address. Internship sites must be approved by Vanderbilt University.

Are there weekend and weeknight internships available?
Students should plan to attend internships Monday through Friday during regular school hours in coordination with the school site supervisor. The dedicated placement team is unable to arrange for internship schedules to occur exclusively during evening/weekend hours.

What is the role of the placement team in the student’s internship process?
The placement team will work with students to identify suitable internship sites. Students may intern in a public, charter, or private school but must be supervised by a licensed school counselor or individual licensed in a related field, such as mental health counseling or social work.