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School Counseling Track: M.Ed. in Counseling

Professional School Counselors help students address their personal, social, educational, and career needs in elementary, middle, and high schools. Our faculty will prepare you to implement a comprehensive school counseling program (such as the ASCA National Model and the Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Model).

Our program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to educate and recommend students for DESE certification as school counselors.

Our program is well-known for producing competent and prepared school counselors; currently, our graduates have a 90% placement rate.

Career Outlook

Addictions Counseling is a quickly growing field: the job outlook is expected to increase by a rate of 22% over the next several years. In general, employment opportunities for counselors in all areas are expected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024. Some areas, like addictions counseling, are expected to grow at an even faster rate. 

Once you complete this track you will be eligible for professional licensure as a counselor (LPC) within Missouri as well as certification as an addictions counselor.

Coursework Overview 

Emphasis in School Counseling (60 credit hours)

Required Core Counseling Courses (33 credit hours):

COUN 500 Counselor as a Professional

COUN 505 Theories & Techniques in Counseling

COUN 515 Psychological Diagnostics & Treatment Planning

COUN 520 Group Procedures

COUN 525 Ethics for School Counselors

COUN 540 Assessment

COUN 545 Advanced Human Development

COUN 550 Career Development

COUN 555 Multicultural Issues

COUN 560 Research Methods

COUN 590 Introduction to Substance Abuse & Process Addictions


Additional Required Subject Areas (15 credit hours):

COUN 510 Foundations of School Counseling

COUN 565 Family & Community for School Counseling

COUN 535 Behavior Interventions & Strategies for School Counselors

COUN 570 The Practice of School Counseling

COUN 615 Comprehensive School Counseling Program Management & Evaluation

EDU 464 Psychology & Education of the Exceptional Child


Required Field Experience Courses (9 credit hours):

COUN 601 School Counseling Practicum (100 hrs)

COUN 603 School Counseling Internship I (300 hrs) (repeatable up to one additional semester if making satisfactory progress)

COUN 604 School Counseling Internship II (300 hrs) (repeatable up to one additional semester if making satisfactory progress)


If pursuing the LPC license**, two additional courses:

COUN 530 The Practice of Counseling

COUN 611 Clinical Mental Health Internship I (300 hours)


*All M.Ed. Counseling students are required to take INT090G Orientation for 0.5 credit hours and COUN 690 Capstone for 1.5 credit hours.

**Note by completing these additional courses, graduates will meet educational requirements for the Missouri LPC license. However, one will not be able to say their LPC preparation is CACREP-accredited. 


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