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The George Washington University
Graduate Degrees Graduate Programs School in Virginia, and Washington DC

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This program provides students the tools necessary to address the needs of children, parents, and families.

Master’s Degree
  • Preparation for professional school counselor licensure
  • Structured two-year accelerated cohort program
  • Evening classes; daytime K-12 school practicum and internships
  • Supervised practicum and internship in K-12 schools
  • On-site Community Counseling Services Center laboratory experience
  • CACREP approved

Post-Master's Graduate Certificate
  • Course requirements for professional licensing

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Off-Campus Program Director
Rebecca M. Dedmond, Ph.D.
(703) 549-6935

"As a graduate of the school counseling program at GW, I've had the wonderful opportunity to serve students at all levels. I feel well prepared to do so because of the unique experiences and overall confidence I gained in my classes, in the counseling laboratory, and in my practicum and internship. I have advanced in my career field, due to the exceptional knowledge that I gained at GW. The School Counseling program challenged me to be an exemplary leader and an outstanding professional."

– Dr. Marcia Jackson, Supervisor of Counseling for Arlington Public Schools, Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in School Counseling, and Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies

The George Washington University Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the field of School Counseling enables participants to meet the growing needs of K-12 students by providing instruction in effective interventions to support sound psychological and behavioral development. Academic and social pressures of childhood and adolescence can compel students to seek experienced, caring, professional guidance in the safety of their school environment.

The School Counseling program is dedicated to the preparation of students to become knowledgeable and ethical counseling professionals for employment as school counselors in public and private schools and related educational settings for diverse populations. We endorse an integrated approach to school counseling with other school services. Our program contributes to human development, adjustment and change by encouraging our diverse faculty and student body to engage in reflective practice, innovative inquiry and responsible social action.

In recognition of her significant contributions to the counseling profession, Dr. Rebecca Dedmond, received national awards from the American Counseling Association (ACA) at the organization's annual conference on March 23, 2013. Dr. Dedmond was also recognized by the District of Columbia Counseling Association, the Washington, D.C. chapter of ACA. She is an assistant professor of counseling and director of GSEHD's Off-Campus master’s cohort program in Alexandria.

Dr. Dedmond was named recipient of the ACA's Professional Development Award recognizing her as an ACA member who has developed techniques and systems that have strengthened, expanded, enhanced, or improved the counseling profession and benefited counseling consumers. Her work and leadership with the Freshman Transition Initiative, being adopted by schools all over the country, contributed to her success in these areas.

Dr. Dedmond also received the C. Harold McCully Counselor Educator of the Year Award at the District of Columbia Counseling Association (DCCA) 48th Annual Conference at Gallaudet University. This award recognizes counselors who exemplify the work of Dr. Harold McCully, a counselor educator and leader who significantly advanced the field of school counseling and school counseling education.

The School Counseling master's program is offered by the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) in two locations, one on the GW Foggy Bottom campus in DC and one at the GW Alexandria Graduate Education Center.

The School Counseling program in the GW off-campus center in Alexandria is a structured cohort format, admitting students for the summer semester. Students take classes weekday evenings for three semesters a year. During the spring semester of Year I students participate in a daytime practicum experience. In Year 2, they participate in internships both fall and spring semesters in K-12 school settings in surrounding school systems.

Admission to the program in Alexandria Center is restricted to those who have three (3) years work experience, in any field. There are no pre-requisite courses or fields of study.

The same degree program on the main campus of GW in Foggy Bottom, DC is offered in a traditional format, allowing for admission any semester. There is no requirement of work experience. If you are interested in the program on the main campus, please visit the website

The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which is the nationally recognized agency for the accreditation of graduate programs in counseling. The program is also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The new Post-Master's Graduate Certificate in Counseling is a 12-credit, four-course program which builds on the strong foundation of the master's degree, engaging students in coursework that enhances their role as counselors and provides additional professional development. It is ideal for individuals seeking the course requirements for private practice licensure.