School Counseling, MS
Trained as leaders, advocates, collaborators and systemic change experts, school
Program Specific Admission Requirements
The priority application deadline for admission into the following fall term is November 15 and the regular application deadline is March 1. Applications received after March 1 may be considered at the Program Director’s discretion. Additionally, the School Counseling program accepts applications for admission into the spring and summer terms at the discretion of the Program Director and based on seat availability.
Students with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, may be required to submit other evidence of their ability to successfully complete a graduate program, such as grades in other graduate-level courses, a record of progressively higher work responsibilities, or scores from the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination. New students may start course work in the fall semester.
Applicants must complete specially developed recommendation forms for the program and respond to three additional program specific essays in order to finalize and submit the application. These documents are requested and collected as part of the on-line application process.
Applicants are expected to have completed a course in each of the following areas: Introduction to Statistics (Descriptive Statistics or Basic Inferential Statistics), Introduction to Theories of Personality, Counseling or Psychotherapy and Lifespan Development (Developmental Psychology, Adulthood, Adolescence, Childhood, Growth and Development).
Personal interviews with program faculty members prior to acceptance are required. School Counseling applicants participate in a group interview. All interviews are scheduled by program faculty shortly after the application deadline. Program directors review applications and pay particular attention to each applicant’s ability to address program specific professional goals and professional identity in the statement of intentions.
For general application requirements, please click here.
The School Counseling Program is a 60-credit curriculum leading to the Master of Science degree. The curriculum prepares students for certification as a PreK-12 Elementary and Secondary School Counselor. Students also have the opportunity to pursue additional credentials, such as the National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). A three-credit practicum and three-credit internship experience are among the required courses. Additionally, a student must satisfactorily complete his or her Professional Counselor Portfolio. The School Counseling Program manual specifies four submission dates for a student’s portfolio during the program of study. Students are also required to take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) near the conclusion of their graduate program. The curriculum is divided into three separate content areas: School Counseling Core, Counseling Practice Sequence, and Foundations of Professional Counseling.
For additional information on the curriculum, please visit the Course Catalog.