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Department of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Counseling

Department of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Counseling

Skilled teachers, educational leaders, and counselors have the power to transform communities. At Columbus State University, we're educating the innovators of tomorrow ― visionaries who are creating more inclusive, effective, and sustainable organizations around the world.

The department is committed to immersive educational opportunities. As a student, you'll learn through traditional coursework, lab and field experiences, computer simulations, and video. If you're new to the field, courses in the foundational areas of educational research and psychology will prepare you take the next step in your education.

Join a community of engaged, empathetic learners ― future school and clinical counselors, education policy makers, and university faculty members. Our instructors will help you every step of the way through one-on-one learning and professional mentorships.

Note for Out-of-State Students

If you will be living outside of Georgia while enrolled in courses, please visit our Program State Authorizations and Approvals page before applying to find out if Columbus State University is able to offer your program of interest where you will be living.

If you will be living internationally, or have any questions about state authorization or professional licensure authorization, please contact the State Authorization office at state_authorization@columbusstate.edu. Please include in your email:

  • Your name
  • Where you will be physically present while taking classes
  • Program of interest

The State Authorization office can only address questions related to state or licensing board approvals, for all other questions please contact the appropriate department:

Visit our Out-of-State Student page for more information for students living out of state.

About Us

The Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Counseling offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in the fields of Teacher Education, Teacher Leadership, Educational Leadership, School Counseling, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  The department emphasizes instruction and rigorous application of theory through performance-based instruction that culminates in real-world experience. Courses are delivered using traditional methods and modern technologies, including online, distance learning, and web-enhanced instruction. Campus courses are taught in technology-equipped classrooms.  Instruction is augmented through technology to include computer simulations, video, and laboratory experiences on campus and in the field.