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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 is now offering 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 leads to Georgia certification (PL6) and is offered either online, face to face, or in a hybrid configuration. Click Here for More Information

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

NOTE for out of state leadership students:
If you live outside the state of Georgia, your state's regulations may limit your distance education options. To find out whether Columbus State University is authorized to deliver specific programs in your state, please email your inquiry to This email address is exclusively for questions regarding state approval of online offerings. Other types of questions should be sent to the academic department offering the online course.
Columbus State University's programs leading to all levels of licensure, endorsement, and professional certification are designed to satisfy the requirements of their respective Georgia organizations governing licensure. CSU does NOT guarantee that these programs will necessarily satisfy the criteria of professional organizations in other states or territories. Programs effected by state licensing requirements may include, but are not limited to, programs in Leadership and Education. Students from outside of Georgia who are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate organization in their state of intended practice prior to beginning a course of study.  Follow this link for professional licensure contact information by state for Education Programs -