Minneapolis—September 12, 2013—Demand for credentialed school counselors is on the rise, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 19% employment growth for school and career counselors by 2020. To help meet this need, Walden University, an institution accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), is introducing a new online M.S. in School Counseling program. This master’s degree program will help prepare graduates to become licensed or certified school counselors who will provide critical guidance and support to diverse student populations in preK–12 settings.
“Bullying, parental conflict and academic adversity are just some of the many issues students in today’s preK–12 classrooms face. For individuals who want to help children and adolescents overcome life’s challenges and also advance their own careers, Walden’s M.S. in School Counseling program can give them the skills and credibility they need,” said Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon, associate dean of the School of Counseling.
Coursework is tailored to meet the key needs of counselors today, including the use of technology, college and career readiness and understanding learning styles. It is designed to address knowledge gaps within the counseling field as identified in the College Board’s 2011 National Survey of School Counselors. The program also features field experiences and two in-person residencies as well as Walden’s exclusive Virtual School, which uses online simulation to give students in the program perspectives on the school counseling profession.
Walden’s M.S. in School Counseling program features a General Program and three specializations: Military, Crisis and Trauma and Addictions Counseling. An optional accelerated track allows students to complete their coursework faster and earn a degree sooner.
For more information about the M.S. in School Counseling program visit www.WaldenU.edu/counseling.
About Walden University
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 145 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of 70 campus-based and online universities in 29 countries.
Walden offers more than 75 degree programs with more than 385 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration and information technology. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.