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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.

Post-Graduate Certification for School Counseling

The Post-Graduate Certification for School Counseling is for those who have completed a school counseling master’s program and are either 1) seeking certification in a different grade-level area than their original certification, or 2) seeking certification for the first time. In the first case, certification consists of completing a practicum course while gaining practice hours in the grade-level area for which they are seeking additional certification. If the applicant completed a school counseling program but never become certified, the program director will review the transcript and outline a plan of study for coursework that must be completed to meet current certification requirements. If it has been more than five years since original coursework was completed, students may have to retake courses and field experience courses (practicum and internships). Post-Graduate Certification students are considered non-degree-seeking students, thus federal financial aid is not available.


Career Outlook

Employment of school counselors is expected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average for all occupations. Increasing school enrollments is expected to lead to employment growth in this profession. Learn more about the job outlook for school counselors. 

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)


*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.


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