Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Education in Counselor Education

How long does it take to complete the graduate degree?

The length of time required to complete the 60 hour Master of Education in Counselor Education degree depends primarily on whether a student is full time or part time.Full- time students taking 9-12 graduate credit hours per semester and 6-9 hours in the summer typically complete the degree in approximately 21/2 years. Part time students taking 6 hours a semester and 3-6 hours in the summer typically graduate within 3 1/2 - 4 years. Students must graduate within 6 years of being admitted to the program. Students who are completing the mandatory 600 hour internship over the course of two semesters (typically the last two semesters) are allowed to take only one additional course, for a total of 6 hours each of the last two semesters (3 hours of internship plus one additional course).


Are assistantships and/or financial aid available for students working on a degree in this area?

The Master of Education in Counselor Education degree program has a limited number of graduate assistantships available. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and are available for every academic semester of the year. Other aid may be available depending on your financial status. Visit (Web site) to learn what is available.


How do I apply for a graduate assistantship?

Students must apply for graduate assistantships through Southeastern's Human Resources web site. All employment, including graduate assistantships, must be completed online. The site is searchable for particular positions, e.g., graduate assistantships.


What is the amount of a graduate assistantship?

Graduate students can be hired as one of several different categories of graduate assistants. Most Counseling students are hired either as Administrative Assistants (AA) or Professional Services Assistants (PSA). PSA positions are very limited in number. AA stipends are $3,350 for fall and spring and $1675 for summer. PSA stipends are $3,850 for fall and spring and $1,925 for summer. Students receiving an assistantship also receive a tuition waiver; this includes non-resident fees for students who are not legal residents of Louisiana. The financial package for a Louisiana resident student receiving an AA or PSA stipend for fall and spring semester including the tuition waiver is valued from $10,700 - $11,700.


What is required of a student receiving a graduate assistantship?

Job responsibilities and tasks are different depending on which type of graduate assistantship, i.e., AA, PSA,a student receives. Job duties and responsibilities are determined by the department doing the hiring. All students on graduate assistantships are required to work and average of 20 hours per week and must register for a minimum full course load of graduate credit hours, which is 9 hours per fall and spring semester. Students receiving a graduate assistantship in the summer are required to work an average of 20 hours per week and register for 6 graduate credit hours of course work.


How do I know this degree is for me?

Helpful qualities for counseling majors include:

  • Motivation positive attitude, and a sincere desire to help others through counseling
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Emotional maturity / Ability to cope and adjust
  • High level of self-awareness and insight
  • Openness / Non-judgmental acceptance of others
  • Empathy / Genuineness
  • Honest / Integrity / Confidentiality
  • Appropriate Interpersonal boundaries and recognition of limits
  • Willingness and ability to accept feedback
  • Initiative and independence
  • Responsibility and dependability


What are the employment opportunities for a person with a graduate degree in this area?

Work settings for graduates of the Counselor Education program are varied and include, but are not limited to, the following settings:

  • Schools (all levels)
  • Higher education (e.g., mental health counseling, academic counseling, career counseling, teaching undergraduate courses)
  • Community agencies
  • Government agencies
  • Substance abuse setting
  • Judicial system
  • Private practice (with licensure)

Southeastern Counseling graduates are well- respected in the community, and graduates have many job opportunities available to them.


What salary range can be expected with this graduate degree?

Salaries for counselors vary widely by experience, licensure and certification level, practice setting, region, and state. Salary ranges for the local region include the following, with the lower range representing entry level salaries and the upper range representing the range for those licensed with 3-5 years of experience:


School Counseling(public)

$30,000 - $50,000
School Counseling (private) $25,000 - $35,000

Career/academic counseling (college,

university, community college)

$30,000 - $50,000


Agency setting $25,000 - $35,000
Substance abuse counseling $25,000 - $35,000
Judicial system $30,000 - $40,000
Private practice $50 - $85/hour
Contract work $25 - $50/ hour

With licensure and additional experience, counselors often earn salaries in excess of the upper ranges listed above.