List of Masters in School Counseling Programs – Campus & Online

School counseling is an evolving profession, and one that many people find brings them tremendous satisfaction. School counselors, at the elementary and secondary levels, focus on supporting each student’s academic achievement as well as personal and educational growth. To do so effectively, an advanced degree is often helpful, and usually required, by schools nationwide. A master’s degree in school counseling is designed around a set of core classes that lead to certification. Keep in mind that school counseling is a state-by-state practice, so requirements vary.

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Masters in School Counseling Podcast Featuring Janine Menard

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Where Can I Earn My Masters in School Counseling?

While you’re listening to the podcast, check out our list of schools with school counseling programs in the US. For each school, we provide a few highlights, including program offerings, course breakdown, and accreditation.

Click on the links below to jump to a specific state’s programs. You can also skip ahead to our Quick Facts about a master’s degree in school counseling, or information about degree types and accreditation.

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At the University of Hawaii at Manoa, students can earn a Master of Education degree in Counseling and Guidance. Students can earn a license in school counseling. This program is approved by the state Department of Education and nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Bradley University
Accredited by HLC

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Bradley University’s MA in Counseling – Professional School Counseling degree program aims to teach students how to develop academic curricula, evaluate programs, implement advocacy initiatives, and help students prepare for their careers. This program consists of a minimum of 64 credits, and students can take classes like Crisis Intervention Counseling, Special Education Law, and Career and Life Planning Across Lifespan.
Johns Hopkins University
Accredited by MSCHE

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At Johns Hopkins University, students can earn an MS in Counseling – School Counseling degree of 48 or, if students also want to be eligible for licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, 60 credits. This program includes classes in Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice, Social/Cultural Diversity, Human Growth/Development, Career Development, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Assessment, and Research/Program Evaluation.

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OLLU’s Master of Education in School Counseling teaches students how to assess and address behavioral and learning problems, promote mental health in children and adolescents, implement career development planning, and uphold ethical codes. In this program, students can take classes like Multicultural Issues, Educational Theories, and Child and Juvenile Psychological Development.
UMassOnline
Accredited by NEASC

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The M.Ed. in School Counseling at UMassOnline consists of a minimum of 60 credits, and can be completed online with the exception of two weeks of on-campus study and the completion of two clinical courses during the first summer of the program. This program is designed to prepare students for school counselor licensure through the Massachusetts Department of Education.

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The Master of Education in School Counseling degree program at the University of Southern California is designed to prepare students to become school counselors in K-12 settings. Students in this program can take classes like Creating Communities of Interest, Learning and Individual Differences, and Group Counseling.

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Alabama

University of Alabama
Accredited by SACS
The University of Alabama offers a master’s degree in school counseling for those interested in learning the skills necessary to establish and conduct effective developmental guidance and counseling programs in schools, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The program is 48 hours and meets accreditation criteria of National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
University of South Alabama
Accredited by SACS
The M.Ed. in School Counseling degree program focuses on developing the cultural sensitivity, critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to apply evidence-based counseling theories and practices, to prepare students for a school counselor certification and a career in a K-12 setting. This program consists of a minimum of 48 credits, which includes 600 internship hours.

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Alaska

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Accredited by NWCCU
The University of Alaska Fairbanks offers a graduate counseling program that prepares students to become effective practitioners through course work and supervised internship experiences. After students successfully complete the requirements of the program, they are eligible for licensure as mental health counselors, with additional post-degree requirements.

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Arizona

Northern Arizona University
Accredited by HLC
Northern Arizona University’s M.Ed. in School Counseling focuses on developing the skills needed to help students in areas like human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, relationships, career development, and professional orientation. This program consists of a minimum of 48 credits, which includes fieldwork experience obtained through practicum and internship-based courses.
University of Arizona
Accredited by HLC
The College of Education at the University of Arizona offers masters program with a certified school counselor track to prepare graduates to achieve state certification as Certified School Counselors and to become vital members of school education teams. Students will be eligible for certification in the State of Arizona as a school counselor.

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Arkansas

The M.Ed. in School Counseling at Southern Arkansas University focuses on theory and application of evidence-based counseling practices to prepare students for school counselor licensure and a career in a K-12 setting. Students in this program complete practicum and internship-based classes, in addition to courses like Group Counseling and Counseling in a Diverse Society.
University of Arkansas
Accredited by HLC
The Counselor Education program at the University of Arkansas offers an MS degree in school counseling. This program can lead to certification as an elementary or secondary school counselor upon meeting all program requirements. Graduates are trained to provide effective individual and group counseling in a school setting.

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California

At CSULB, students can earn a graduate degree in School Counseling that is designed to prepare students for school counselor certification and a career in a K-12 setting. This curriculum includes fieldwork-based courses as well as classes like Cross Cultural Counseling, Program Evaluation in Education, and Collaborative Consultation in the Schools.
University of San Diego
Accredited by WASC
The MA in Counseling program with a specialization in School Counseling at the University of San Diego is designed to prepare graduate to work as professional counselors in elementary, middle, and high school settings or in agencies serving school-aged children and their families. The practicum and fieldwork experience combines individual and group counseling related to social, academic, and career development issues.
The Master of Education in School Counseling degree program at the University of Southern California is designed to prepare students to become school counselors in K-12 settings. Students in this program can take classes like Creating Communities of Interest, Learning and Individual Differences, and Group Counseling.

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Colorado

UC Denver’s MA in Counseling – School Counseling degree program is designed to prepare students to become leaders and advocates for K-12 students from a variety of different backgrounds. In addition to practicum and internship-based classes, this program includes courses like Addictions Counseling, Family Therapy Theory, Mental Health Diagnosis, and Human Development Over the Lifespan.
The Master of Arts in School Counseling at the University of Northern Colorado is designed to develop a professional who counsels with children and adults in elementary, middle, and high schools. This program program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), graduates are eligible to become National Certified Counselors.

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Connecticut

University of Connecticut
Accredited by NEASC
The Counseling Program at the University of Connecticut a graduate-level program in school counseling. This path leads to an MA degree in Education and prepares graduates to have necessary skills for assessing and evaluating their school counseling programs and to actively advocate for educational equity.

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Delaware

Wilmington University
Accredited by MSCHE
At Wilmington University, students can earn a purse a master of education degree in in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling. This prepares school counselor candidates to address the academic, social/emotional and career developmental needs of all students in the K-12 school setting.

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Florida

Florida Atlantic University
Accredited by SACS
The Master of Education with a specialization in School Counseling at Florida Atlantic University prepares graduates to implement comprehensive school counseling programs based on research and national standards. Graduates will be eligible for certification as school counselors K-12.

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Georgia

Georgia State University
Accredited by SACS
Georgia State University offers an M.Ed. in School Counseling with the option to select an area of concentration in elementary/middle school or secondary school. The program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation in School Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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Hawaii

At the University of Hawaii at Manoa, students can earn a Master of Education degree in Counseling and Guidance. Students can earn a license in school counseling. This program is approved by the state Department of Education and nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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Idaho

Idaho State University
Accredited by NWCCU
Idaho State University offers a Master Of Counseling Degree (M.Coun.) for those interested in becoming a school counselor. The program is designed to prepare professional counselors who meet the highest standards for delivering counseling services in elementary and secondary schools.

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Illinois

Bradley University
Accredited by HLC
Bradley University’s MA in Counseling – Professional School Counseling degree program aims to teach students how to develop academic curricula, evaluate programs, implement advocacy initiatives, and help students prepare for their careers. This program consists of a minimum of 64 credits, and students can take classes like Crisis Intervention Counseling, Special Education Law, and Career and Life Planning Across Lifespan.
Loyola University Chicago
Accredited by HLC
The M.E. in School Counseling degree program at Loyola University Chicago focuses on developing students’ cultural sensitivity, critical thinking skills, and application of evidenced-based counseling practices. In this program, students can take classes like Human Development, Addictions Counseling, and Career Development and Counseling as well as practicum and internship-style classes.

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Indiana

Indiana University at Bloomington offers a M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Counselor Education – School Track, a 48-credit hour degree that prepares graduates for a career as a school counselor in Pre-K through secondary school settings. Students participate in field experiences that help to develop the skills necessary to use preventative, developmental, and remedial intervention strategies in a school environment.

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Iowa

University of Iowa
Accredited by HLC
The University of Iowa offers an MA in School Counseling that is designed to prepare candidates to be effectively provide individual and small group counseling, classroom guidance, educational and career planning, and consultation to teachers, parents, families, and other professionals. The School Counseling M.A. program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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Kansas

Kansas State University
Accredited by HLC
The MS in School Counseling program at Kansas State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This programmay be completed in 24 months with a combination of online and on-campus coursework and is designed to prepare graduates to work as professional and certified school counselors.

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Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University
Accredited by SACS
Eastern Kentucky University offers an M.A.Ed. in School Counseling degree that is a 48-hour nationally accredited program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Educational Related Programs. This program requires forty-eight hours of graduate work including a practicum and internship completed in the school setting.

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Louisiana

The University of Louisiana at Layfayette offers an MS in Counseling program that meets the educational requirements for certification by the Louisiana Department of Education as a counselor, K-12 or ancillary counselor, K-12. This program combines theories and research learned in the classroom with the practical and real-world experience.

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Maine

University of Southern Maine
Accredited by NEASC
At the University of Southern Maine, students can earn an MS in Counseling degree that provides its graduates with the counseling knowledge and skills used in school, clinical mental health, and rehabilitation settings. This program is designed to prepare counselors for ethical practice through high quality, nationally accredited graduate level training.

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Maryland

Johns Hopkins University
Accredited by MSCHE
At Johns Hopkins University, students can earn an MS in Counseling – School Counseling degree of 48 or, if students also want to be eligible for licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, 60 credits. This program includes classes in Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice, Social/Cultural Diversity, Human Growth/Development, Career Development, Helping Relationships, Group Work, Assessment, and Research/Program Evaluation.
University of Maryland
Accredited by MSCHE
The University of Maryland offers an M.Ed. in School Counseling that prepares graduates to be professional school counselors who will be leaders in K-12 urban educational settings. The School Counseling Program is currently the number one ranked counseling department (U.S. News and World Report).

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Massachusetts

Bridgewater State University
Accredited by NEASC
Bridgewater State University’s M.Ed. in School Counseling is designed to provide students with leadership and the skills necessary to become a certified school counselor and have a career in a PK-12 setting. This program consists of a minimum of 51 credits, which includes 600 practicum hours and classes like Multicultural Counseling and Special Education Issues for School Counselors.
UMassOnline
Accredited by NEASC
The M.Ed. in School Counseling at UMassOnline consists of a minimum of 60 credits, and can be completed online with the exception of two weeks of on-campus study and the completion of two clinical courses during the first summer of the program. This program is designed to prepare students for school counselor licensure through the Massachusetts Department of Education.

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Michigan

Eastern Michigan University
Accredited by HLC
The School Counseling Program at Eastern Michigan University is graduate-level program designed to prepare graduates for entry-level positions as school counselors in elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, and high school settings. The program includes a 600 clock-hour supervised counseling internship experience.

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Minnesota

St. Cloud State University
Accredited by HLC
St. Cloud State University offers a school counseling program designed to provide graduates the education needed to seek K-12 licensure as a school counselor in Minnesota. The program is flexible with summer and evening classes available. The program emphasizes the importance of using a developmental approach, multicultural competence and interpersonal skills.

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Mississippi

Mississippi State University
Accredited by SACS
The School Counseling program at Mississippi State University is graduate-level program that prepares graduates for licensure as a school counselor in the state of Mississippi. This program is accredited by both the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council on the Accreditation of Counselor Education (CACREP).

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Missouri

University of Missouri
Accredited by HLC
At the University of Missouri, students with an interest in working as a school counselor can earn an
M.E.d in this field with an emphasis on elementary and/or secondary. This program is designed prepare individuals to practice successfully as entry-level school counselors in socially and economically diverse work settings.

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Montana

Montana State University
Accredited by NWCCU
The School Counseling graduate degree program at Montana State University focuses on theory-based approaches to individual, family, and group counseling, and having a thorough knowledge of clients’ developmental and social contexts. This program consists of 100 practicum hours and 600 internship hours, as well as courses like Group Counseling, Multicultural Awareness, and Developmental Theory Across Lifespan.

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Nebraska

Doane University
Accredited by HLC
The M.Ed. in School Counseling degree at Doane University is for licensed teachers who want to become qualified school counselors. Teachers must have either two years of teaching experience or meet other Nebraska Department of Education requirements. This program consists of a minimum of 48 credit hours and a total of 600 practicum and internship hours.
The University of Nebraska Omaha has MS and MA degree programs in School Counseling that are designed to prepare students for school counselor certification and a career in a P-12 setting. The MS program consists of 48 credits, and the MA requires at least 54 credits due to a six-credit hour thesis. Both programs include a practicum and internships.

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Nevada

University of Nevada Las Vegas
Accredited by NWCCU
At UNLV, students can earn a M.Ed. in School Counseling degree that focuses on preparing graduates to meet academic, career, personal, and social needs of diverse K-12 student populations as school counselors. Coursework for this program includes a practicum, 600 internship hours, and classes like Counseling with Expressive Arts and Activities, Career Theories and Practices, and Human Growth and Development.

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New Hampshire

Plymouth State University
Accredited by NEASC
The M.Ed. in School Counseling degree program at Plymouth State University is designed to prepare students for school counselor certification and a career in a K-12 setting. In addition to practicums and internships, students in this program can take classes like Group Counseling, Career Counseling and Development, and Social Behavior and Diversity.

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New Jersey

Monmouth University
Accredited by MSCHE
The MS in Education in School Counseling degree program at Monmouth University focuses on increasing self-awareness, personal and professional development, and continuous learning of theoretical and practical counseling techniques. In this program students take classes in areas like behavioral issues, assessment, social justice, and diversity, along with practicum and internship-based courses.
New Jersey City University
Accredited by MSCHE
New Jersey City University’s MA in School Counseling degree program is designed to teach students how to advocate for at-risk students, collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, evaluate school counseling practices, and provide developmentally responsive, evidence-based counseling and consultations for P-12 families. Students in this program can take classes like Group Process, Family and Couple Counseling, and Differential Diagnosis of Maladaptive Behavior.

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New Mexico

At Eastern New Mexico University, students can earn a M.Ed. in School Counseling that can prepare them for school counseling licensure and a career in a K-12 setting. Coursework for this program includes Techniques in Counseling, Trauma and Crisis Counseling, and Human Growth and Development, as well as practicum and internship-based classes.

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New York

LIU Brooklyn’s MS. Ed. In School Counseling prepares graduates to help students in a variety of ways such as provide core knowledge in professional issues and ethics, counseling theories, human development, counseling skills, group work, assessment, and career development. This program consists of a minimum of 48 credit hours, and includes classwork and fieldwork.
The MS in School Counseling degree program at the New York Institute of Technology is designed to develop the skills necessary for students to be effective advocates for the academic, social, emotional, and career success of P-12 students. Students in this program can take internship and practicum classes as well as courses like Crisis intervention and Play Therapy.

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North Carolina

At North Carolina State University, students can earn a M.Ed. in School Counseling that is designed to develop the professional knowledge, skills, and practices needed to help students advance academically, personally, socially, and in their careers. This program is available online and on-campus and students can take classes like Clinical Assessment, Group Counseling, and Career Counseling and Development.

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North Dakota

University of Mary
Accredited by HLC
The MS in Counseling – School Counseling degree program at the University of Mary is designed to prepare students to work in PK-12 settings and effectively conduct individual, group, and career counseling. In this program, students can take classes like Crisis Counseling, Assessment Techniques, and Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling, in addition to a practicum and internship.

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Ohio

Ohio University
Accredited by HLC
At Ohio University, students can earn a M.Ed. in School Counseling that is designed to prepare them to work with a diverse population in a PK-12 setting. Coursework for this program includes counseling practicums and internship, as well as classes like Career Development, Multicultural Counseling, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling.

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Oklahoma

The Masters of School Counseling degree program at the University of Central Oklahoma is designed to prepare students for school counselor certification and a career in a PK-12 setting. In this program, students can take classes like Multicultural Counseling, Career Guidance, and Advanced Developmental Psychology in an Educational Setting.

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Oregon

Oregon State University
Accredited by NWCCU
Oregon State University’s Master of Counseling in School Counseling degree program is offered in a hybrid format. This program is designed develop the leadership, advocacy, and research skills necessary for students to be affective in individual and group counseling and consultation and system change. The curriculum includes classes like Special Education Issues, Family Counseling, and Addictive Behavior Counseling.

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Pennsylvania

Kutztown University
Accredited by MSCHE
The MS in School Counseling degree at Kutztown University aims to prepare graduates with the skills necessary to help students academically, socially, emotionally, and with career preparation in a PreK-12 setting. Students in this program must complete a minimum of 51 credit hours, which includes 700 hours of fieldwork.
West Chester University
Accredited by MSCHE
At West Chester University, students can earn a M.Ed. in School Counseling degree that is designed to prepare them for School Counselor Certification PK-12 grades. This program consists of a minimum of 51 credit hours, which includes core counseling courses, school counseling courses, and 700 hours of field work. Students can take classes like Grief Counseling and Group Dynamics.

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Rhode Island

Providence College
Accredited by NEASC
Providence College’s M.Ed. in School Counseling degree focuses on counseling theory, analysis, and application to prepare students for school counselor certification and a career in a PK-12 environment. The structure of this program is divided into three parts, seven counseling theory core courses, three specialization courses, and four field-related practitioner courses in a PK-12 setting.

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South Carolina

Clemson University
Accredited by SACS
The M.Ed. in School Counseling degree program at Clemson University is designed to prepare students to become school counselors who can effectively work with diverse populations, engage in data-driven practices, and be leaders and advocates in their schools. This program consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours, which includes a 100-hour practicum and two 300-hour internships.

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South Dakota

University of South Dakota
Accredited by HLC
At the University of South Dakota, students can earn a MA in School Counseling with or without a thesis. With a thesis, the program is a total of 52-64 credit hours, and without a thesis it’s 48-60 credit hours. Students in either program will also take classes like Career and Lifespan Development, Group Counseling, and Crisis Intervention in Professional Counseling.

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Tennessee

Tennessee State University
Accredited by SACS
At Tennessee State University, students can earn a MS in Professional School Counseling degree that prepares them with the skills needed to provide academic and career preparation services to students and their families. Coursework for this program includes classes like Social Basis of Behavior, Abnormal Psychology, and Individual, Couple, and Family Systems, as well as at least 600 fieldwork hours.
UTK’s Master’s in School Counseling degree program focuses on developing professional dispositions like openness, commitment, self-awareness, respect, and integrity to help graduates be culturally sensitive, ethical advocates, who can create and sustain therapeutic relationships. In this program, students can take classes like Group Dynamics and Methods, Cross-Cultural Counseling, Crisis Counseling, and Child-Centered Play Therapy.

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Texas

Angelo State University
Accredited by SACS
Angelo State University’s M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling degree is designed to prepare students for counseling positions in schools, colleges, universities, and other areas of counseling as well. Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours, which includes classes like Individual Counseling, Tests and Measurements, Group Counseling, Dysfunctional Behavior, Leadership, Lifespan Development, and Curriculum and Methodology Trends.
OLLU’s Master of Education in School Counseling teaches students how to assess and address behavioral and learning problems, promote mental health in children and adolescents, implement career development planning, and uphold ethical codes. In this program, students can take classes like Multicultural Issues, Educational Theories, and Child and Juvenile Psychological Development.
The M.Ed. in School Counseling degree program at the University of Texas San Antonio is designed to prepare students for a school counselor certification and career in the K-12 setting. This program consists of a minimum of 48 semester credit hours, and students can take classes like Diagnosis in Counseling, Consultation and Program Evaluation, and Group Theory and Process.

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Utah

University of Utah
Accredited by NWCCU
The University of Utah’s M.Ed. in School Counseling degree program is designed to prepare graduates to become licensed school counselors and address the career, academic, emotional, and social needs of students in a K-12 setting. Students in this program have practicum and internship-based courses, and can take classes like Collaborative Educational Problem Solving, Child Psychopathology, and Intervention in the Schools.
Utah State University
Accredited by NWCCU
At Utah State University, students can earn a M.Ed. in School Counselor degree that is designed to develop skills in career development and college/career readiness, behavioral and educational assessment and intervention, individual and group counseling, and more. This program consists of 46 semester credits, which includes 37 credits of coursework, three credits of practicum, and six credits of internship.

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Vermont

College of St. Joseph
Accredited by NEASC
The MS in School Counseling degree program at the College of St. Joseph is designed to promote self-awareness, ethical and moral behavior, professional competencies, commitment to the community, service to others, and issues of justice. Students in this program can take classes like Developmental Psychology, Family Systems, and School-Based Prevention and Intervention Services.

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Virginia

Marymount University
Accredited by SACS
The MA in Counseling – School Counseling degree program aims to prepare students to work effectively in clinical, consultative, and administrative roles in K-12 settings. Students in this program will have practicum and internship-based courses, and can take classes like Substance Abuse Counseling, Career Development Counseling, Crisis Assessment and Intervention, and Human Growth and Development.
University of Virginia
Accredited by SACS
The University of Virginia’s M.Ed. in Counselor Education focuses on developing students’ empathy and affect change for the public good. In this program, students have the opportunity to gain experience in practicums as well as a 600-hour internship. The curriculum for this program includes classes like Lifespan Development, Career Interventions, and Group Counseling Procedure.

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Washington

Seattle Pacific University
Accredited by NWCCU
The School Counseling specialization of the MA in Counseling degree program at West Virginia University focuses on training students in counseling interventions, theories, and techniques in areas like individual counseling, peer mediation, student mentoring, conflict management, and group counseling. Graduates of this program can receive certification in West Virginia, and most other states, as K-12 school counselors.
Western Washington University
Accredited by NWCCU
Western Washington University’s M.Ed. in School Counseling degree program is designed to prepare students for school counselor licensure and career in educational settings. This program consists of a minimum of 90 quarter credit hours, not including an optional thesis, and students can take classes like Individual Counseling Techniques, Developmental Psychopathology, Lifespan and Psychological Development, and Personality and Psychopathology.

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West Virginia

West Virginia University
Accredited by HLC
The School Counseling specialization of the MA in Counseling degree program at West Virginia University focuses on training students in counseling interventions, theories, and techniques in areas like individual counseling, peer mediation, student mentoring, conflict management, and group counseling. Graduates of this program can receive certification in West Virginia, and most other states, as K-12 school counselors.

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Wisconsin

At Concordia University Wyoming, students can earn an MS in Education – School Counseling degree that focuses on the application of human development, learning, counseling, and research principles. Students can receive credit for a practicum and up to two internships during this program.
UWM’s school counseling graduate degree program is designed to teach students how to apply counseling, human development, learning, and research and measurement principles within a school setting. In this program, students can take two practicums as well as classes like Multicultural Counseling, Group Counseling Theory, and Family Systems Theory, Research, and Practice.

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Wyoming

University of Wyoming
Accredited by HLC
The MS in School Counseling degree program at the University of Wyoming is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to promote academic, career, personal, and social development of P-12 students of any background. Graduates of this program can become P-12 school counselor certified, and receive a provisional mental health counselor license for Wyoming.

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Masters in School Counseling Quick Facts

Here is a brief snapshot of what to expect and look forward to with a master’s in school counseling degree.

Quick Facts
Common Pre-Enrollment Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree, GMAT or GRE
Common Core Subjects Covered: Human Development, Career Development, Family Systems, Abnormal Psychology, Crisis Intervention Counseling, Cross Cultural Counseling, Group Therapy
Non-Classwork Required: Internship and/or Practicum, Thesis
Expected Time to Complete Master’s Degree: 2 years
Common Next Steps: Entry-Level Position, Doctoral Degree
Most Common Career Fields: School Counseling, Career Counseling, Teaching
 

Exploring Degree Types and Accreditation

A master’s degree in school counseling comes in many forms, and you might be surprised at the number of options available to you. Below you’ll find the most common degrees associated with school counseling:

  • MS in School Counseling – Master of Science (MS) programs focus more on the counseling aspect with additional classes in educational psychology and research and best suited for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field
  • MA in School Counseling – Master of Arts (MA) programs typically focus more on the humanities along with general counseling courses
  • M.Ed. in School Counseling – Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs include courses in instruction, counseling, school psychology, and administration in order to provide a more comprehensive preparation in educational counseling

Accreditation is important for all degrees, ensuring you receive a qualified education. The accrediting bodies featured in our list are:

  • CIHE – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • DEAC – Distance Education Accrediting Commission
  • HLC – Higher Learning Commission
  • MSA – Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • MSCHE – Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • NEASC – New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • NCA – North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • NWCCU – Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • SACS – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • WSCUC – WASC Senior College and University Commission

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