School Counseling, M.S. Educator Preparation Program

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Application Deadlines

School Counseling: January 15 for fall semester.
Intra-department Application: Rolling Admissions

Counseling Program

The School Counseling master 's programs are accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which is the premier independent accrediting body in counselor education. 

Master of Science Degree in Counseling - School Counseling

The school counseling program consists of a 60-credit Master of Science degree. The master's degree program prepares professionals to work in the elementary, middle, and high school levels and consists of a focus on human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, helping relationships, group work, career and lifestyle development, appraisal, research, program evaluation and professional orientation, including ethics and professional standards.  A comprehensive exam is required.

There are two field experiences, a practicum and an internship: Practicum offers students the opportunity to develop, sharpen, and demonstrate individual and group counseling skills.  Students are required to spend a minimum of 100 hours over the course of one semester within a school setting. Internship is an intensive, diversified experience that exposes students to a full range of school counselor responsibilities appropriate to the setting.  Internship will consist of either a full time 10-month, 900-hour, supervised counseling experience in a school setting. Both experiences are completed under the supervision of a certified school counselor.

Note: Certified teachers with 30 months of teaching experience must complete no less than 600 hours over the course of one or two semesters.

School counselors are employed primarily in educational settings. They use their counseling knowledge, insight, and skills to promote human welfare and educational success, and to improve the institutions and programs in which they are involved.

School counselors:

Professional school counselors provide and carry out a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program which focuses on the uniqueness of all students in three areas of development: academic, career, and personal/social.  These areas or domains are in alignment with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national standards.  The program components include the guidance curriculum, individual planning, responsive services and program management. For more information about professional school counseling, see CSCA and  ASCA.

General Admissions Information

To obtain program information/application packets, applicants should access application information from the program website:

On the graduate school application, applicants should indicate their focus is School Counseling.

Prior to being admitted to a program, students may take up to 9 credits on a non-matriculated basis. However, taking such courses does not guarantee admission.

Admission Requirements for School Counseling

Admission to the program is based upon the following criteria:

Program Sequence-60 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

One year of full-time continuous study is required followed by a year-long internship (a minimum of 1200 hours in a school-based site and a concurrent seminar). The sixth year program consists of:

Program Prerequisites

Can be waived with approval from graduate coordinator.

PSY 100/102 - Introduction to Psychology - 3 credits
PSY 321/528 - Abnormal Psychology - 3 credits
PSY 259/530 - Statistics in Psychology (or Research Methods) - 3 credits
SED 481 - Teaching Exceptional Children in Elementary Education Classrooms - 3 credits
SED 482 - Teaching Exceptional Children in Elementary Education Classrooms - 3 credits

Program Requirements

CSP 539 - Developmental Psychopathology in Schools - 3 credits
CSP 540 - Intro to Assessment in Counseling and School Psychology - 3 credits
CSP 542 - School-Based Substance Abuse  Prevention & Intervention - 3 credits
CSP 550 -  Counseling Skills and Techniques - 3 credits (must earn a "B" or better)
CSP 555 - Experimental Group Dynamics - 1 credit
CSP 567 - Professional Orientation to School Counseling Services - 3 credits (must earn a "B" or better)
CSP 568 - Counseling and Life Span Development - 3 credits
CSP 569 - Theories of Counseling - 3 credits
CSP 570 - Ethical and Legal Issues in School Counseling Services - 2 credits (must earn a "B" or better)
CSP 572 - Psychology of Career Development - 3 credits
CSP 573 - Equity-Based College and Career Readiness Counseling - 3 credits
CSP 578 - Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling - 3 credits (must earn a "B" or better)
CSP 606 - Counseling Children and Adolescents in Schools - 3 credits
CSP 656 - Group Counseling - 3 credits (must earn a "B" or better)
CSP 672 - Curriculum and Classroom Management for School Counselors - 3 credits
CSP 674 - Consultation in Schools - 3 credits
CSP 691 - Research and Evaluation in Schools and Mental Health Agencies - 3 credits

Required Field Work

CSP 659 - Individual Supervision and Practicum Seminar in School Counseling - 4 credits
CSP 675 - Internship & Seminar in School Counseling - 3-9 credits

Comprehensive exam is required