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Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership

Department of Counseling, Foundations, and Leadership

The Department of Counseling, Foundations and Leadership offers degrees in School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling and in Educational Leadership. Additionally, the department offers graduate courses in the area of foundations to include Educational Research and Psychology. The department emphasizes instruction and rigorous application of theory through performance-based instruction that culminates in real-world experience. Instruction is augmented through technology to include computer simulations, video, and laboratory experiences on campus and in the field.

Counseling Degrees

The Mission of the CSU Counselor Education Programs:
The Nationally Accredited Counselor Education Programs at Columbus State University are preparing professional mental health counselors and school counselors who are committed to providing culturally competent counseling services that enhance the mental health and well-being of children, adolescents, families, groups and couples across the lifespan and to advocate on behalf of our clients and our profession. The program is committed to academic and clinical excellence through educating counselors to be leader-practitioners. Click Here for More Information

Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: The department  offers the 60 semester hour - Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree. This program is is accredited with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).

Masters in School Counseling: The department also offers the Master of Education in School Counseling degree. This degree program has received national accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).

Leadership Degrees

Masters in Educational Leadership: The Master of Education  (online) is recently approved by the GA Professional Standards Commission and prepares candidates for Tier I certification in Georgia schools.  Click Here for More Information

Masters in Educational Leadership Higher Education Track: You also have the option of obtaining an Ed Leadership degree with emphasis on Higher Education. This degree is offered partly online and partly face to face. Click Here for More Information

Specialist in Educational Leadership: The  Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership leading to Georgia certification (PL6) has now ceased new enrollment per the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.   Persons who wish to obtain initial Georgia Educational Leadership certification must now enroll in Tier I educational leadership programs.  The CSU Tier I programs are Masters full degree or Masters Add-on certification programs.    Click Here for More Information 

Note:  The newly approved Tier II advanced certification in Educational Leadership will open soon.   Persons who wish to enroll in this EdS will be required to have Tier I certification and already be in a leadership position which requires leadership certification.    More information will be available here on this page when that program opens. 

Doctorate in Curriculum and Leadership: CSU's program leading to a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Leadership is oriented toward promoting strong skills in assessment, research, pedagogy and content areas, leading to a high level of expertise. Students in the program also develop an in-depth understanding of educational psychology and how learning occurs. Click Here for More Information

Certificate Programs

Marriage & Family Therapy Certificate  Completely online program to integrate academic knowledge of marriage and family therapy in the theoretical foundation, skills and interventions for providing treatment services grounded in an evidence-based approach. Click Here for More Information

School Counseling Post Graduate Certification allows the graduate of mental health programs to complete requirements for certification as a school counselor. Transcript evaluation required.  Click Here for More Information


Note for out of state students

If you live outside of the State of Georgia, your distance education options may be limited. To find out whether Columbus State University is authorized to deliver a specific program in your state, please email the State Authorization office at This email address is exclusively for questions regarding state and licensing board approvals.

Please include:

  • Your name
  • State(s) you will live in while taking classes
  • Program you are interested in

For all other questions please contact the appropriate department:

Also Note:

CSU can NOT guarantee that licensure, certification, or endorsement programs will necessarily satisfy the criteria of professional boards in states other than Georgia. Students who are considering a professional program, and who intend to seek employment outside of Georgia, should contact the appropriate board in their state of intended practice prior to beginning a course of study.

Follow the links below for professional licensure contact information by state.

Visit our Out of State Student page for more information.