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Counseling & Development
College of Education
146 A Withers Building
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA

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Counseling and Development


The mission of the Counseling and Development Program at Winthrop University is to provide an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment for the professional development of school and clinical mental health counselors who are committed to the skill sets and best practice in their roles as clinicians, advocates, and consultants. The program strives to prepare culturally competent, culturally sensitive, and ethical counselors to work effectively in a technological and pluralistic society. The faculty designs and delivers academic and clinical experiences for all our students in ways that recognize, respect, and value the diversity of students' backgrounds, characteristics, beliefs, and abilities. 

Graduate Program Director: 
Dr. Tony Strange 

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Why Winthrop?

On-Site Clinics


State Certification



Students have opportunities to practice the skills and interventions through on-site counseling clinics


In all 50 states, graduates are compatible with state certification in school counseling, national counselor certification, and state licensure for professional counselors


Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

      Clinical mental health counselors work in diverse settings such as: mental health, substance abuse, employee assistance programs, college counseling and career planning, and private practice settings.

      Time to completion: 2 years

      Total Credits: 60

      Format: Campus-based

      Curriculum (Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration)

      The school counseling program prepares graduates to work as counselors in public and private P-12 school settings. 

      Time to completion: 2 years

      Total Credits: 60

      Format: Campus-based

      Curriculum (School Counseling Concentration)

      This program is for candidates who hold a master’s degree in counseling
      and wish to pursue certification as a school counselor.

      Time to completion: 1-2 years

      Total Credits: 12-21

      Format: Campus-based, with online course options

      Curriculum (Certificate in School Counseling)

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      M.Ed. in Counseling and Development Deadline : December 15th for summer admission only

      Post-Graduate Certificate in School Counseling Deadline : No deadline,  rolling admission

      Note: All admission materials must be received by the Graduate School office before an application will be reviewed

        Application requirements for the M.Ed. in Counseling and Development program include:

        • The online Graduate School application and non-refundable application fee

        • Official transcript(s) from all institutionsattended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Note: Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s)

        • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

        • Three professional recommendations - you will be required to provide the names and email addresses of your three individuals in the online admissions application. These three individuals will then receive an email asking them to complete the online recommendation form.  

        • Official Test scores*

          • Graduate Record Examination score of 146 on the Verbal Reasoning section and 140 on the Quantitative Reasoning section are preferred 


          • Miller Analogies Test (scale score of 392 preferred) 

          *The GRE/MAT testing requirement is waived if the undergraduate GPA is at least 3.0, or a previous graduate degree has been earned.

        • Resume

        • A brief statement of purpose articulating your reasons for pursuing a master's in counseling and why you are a good fit for the field of counseling (1-2 pages)   

        Application requirements for the Post-Graduate Certificate in School Counseling include:

        • The online Graduate School application and non-refundable application fee

        • Must have graduated from a CACREP accredited program or one that follows the CACREP curriculum within the last 10 years

        • Official transcript(s) from all institutions

        • Participate in an interview with the counseling faculty

        • Submit a 10-15 minute video role-play counseling session in which you demonstrate basic helping skills as well as clinical counseling abilities

        • Background check - Submit a complete background check through the following vendor - S2VERIFY Background Check

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Beyond Graduation


Student Awards and Associations:

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • American School Counseling (ASCA)
  • Chi Sigma Iota – Chi Delta Epsilon Chapter
  • Emerging Professional Counselor Award
  • Outstanding Research and Dedication Award
  • Emerging Professional Counselor Advocacy Award
  • Community Counseling Clinic Appreciation Award


Our graduates are equipped for positions that include:

  • College Counseling
  • Career Planning
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Mental Health Advocate
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Marriage and Family Therapist

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Last Updated: 7/13/22