Students from grades preK–12 face unprecedented challenges, from academic struggles to bullying, self-esteem, and family issues. As a licensed or certified school counselor,* you can help children and adolescents overcome obstacles and achieve success while building a rewarding career.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)The M.S. in School Counseling program is offered by Walden University, an institution accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Through online coursework, two in-person residencies, and field experiences, you will prepare to provide critical guidance and support to diverse student populations in preK-12 settings.

Why Choose Walden to Earn Your M.S. in School Counseling?

  • Through Walden’s exclusive Virtual School—which uses online simulation to expose you to various perspectives of the school counseling profession—you gain the critical skills you need to function effectively within the school setting.
  • An optional accelerated track allows you to complete your coursework faster and earn your degree sooner. This option requires a strong time commitment and is best suited for students who can dedicate themselves full time to their studies.
  • Select the General Program or choose one of three specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.
  • This program is tailored to the actual needs and challenges of school counselors today, including the use of technology and preparing preK–12 students for college and careers. Content is designed to address knowledge gaps within the counseling field as identified in the 2011 National Survey of School Counselors.
  • Benefit from a curriculum that explores the latest models and methods of school counseling and reflects professional guidelines set forth by leading counseling and education organizations.

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, “2011 National Survey of School Counselors: Counseling at a Crossroads,” on the Internet at media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/nosca/11b_4230_NarReport_BOOKLET_WEB_111104.pdf (viewed June 6, 2013).

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  • “I have been training school counselors for 15 years and in that time have seen the profession evolve and change in positive ways. Our program helps develop individuals to be part of this exciting profession as effective school counselors who are able to support children and adolescents facing the challenges of today's world.”

    Dr. Kelly Coker
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Walden’s M.S. in School Counseling features a General Program and four specializations to help you meet your professional goals.

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Note on Requirements to Practice as a School Counselor
The M.S. in School Counseling program is offered by Walden University, an institution accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) which is a requirement to practice as a school counselor in some states. The M.S. in School Counseling program is not accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) which may also be a requirement to practice as a school counselor in some states. The M.S. in School Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to apply for licensure or certification to practice as school counselors. However, each state board responsible for regulating the practice of school counseling has its own academic, licensure, and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an individual to practice as a school counselor in that state. Walden enrollment advisors can provide general information relating to the state-by-state requirements for school counseling licensure or certification; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to licensing or certification for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain certification or to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential.

 

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General Program

As societal challenges grow more complex, the need for qualified school counselors is greater than ever before. Walden’s M.S. in School Counseling General Program gives you a solid foundation in school counseling theories, approaches, and best practices while enabling you to gain hands-on experience in the classroom. You will explore the various issues affecting children, preteens, and teens today and learn how to provide guidance and support to diverse student populations.

Completion Requirements

  • 75 total quarter credits
  • 12 days of residency (two six-day residencies)
Estimated time to completion is 30 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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Addiction Counseling

Whether it’s substance abuse or compulsive gambling, addiction impacts the entire family. This specialization prepares you with the skills and insights to help students cope with the emotional challenges of watching a loved one struggle with dependence. Beyond the various types of addiction, you’ll study the latest theories on treatment and explore techniques for counseling children, preteens, and teens who are living with addictive behavior.

Completion Requirements

  • 85 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (66 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
    • Field experience (9 cr.)
  • 12 days of residency (two six-day residencies)
Estimated time to completion is 36 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

Career Counseling

Help high school students discover their talents and passions and reach their full potentials with a specialization in Career Counseling. Coursework introduces you to the fundamentals of the career counseling profession, including its history, philosophy, and theoretical foundations. You can gain the advanced skills necessary to empower youths to make smart decisions about their educations and lay the groundwork for bright futures.

Completion Requirements

  • 85 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (66 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
    • Field experience (9 cr.)
  • 12 days of residency (two six-day residencies)

Estimated time to completion is 36 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

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Crisis and Trauma

From natural disasters to the loss of a loved one, traumatic life events can have far-reaching effects on children and adolescents. In this specialization, you’ll learn how to help students cope with and recover from catastrophe. Study human behavior following a crisis, psychological disorders that can stem from trauma, and the fundamentals of emergency planning.

Completion Requirements

  • 85 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (66 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
    • Field experience (9 cr.)
  • 12 days of residency (two six-day residencies)
Estimated time to completion is 36 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

Military Families and Culture

Would you like to help children from military families deal with the challenges that come with military life? In this specialization, you will gain insights into military culture as well as the unique emotional needs of children of active military personnel and veterans. Develop the skills needed to help children and their families cope with long-term separation, combat-related injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a variety of other hardships inherent in military life.

Completion Requirements

  • 85 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (66 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
    • Field experience (9 cr.)
  • 12 days of residency (two six-day residencies)
Estimated time to completion is 36 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Courses 75–85 total quarter credit hours $400 per quarter credit hour
6-Day Residency Fee 2 during your program $1,645 each, plus travel, lodging, other expenses
Technology Fee per quarter $120

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Skills That Are in Demand

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 19% employment growth for school and career counselors by 2020.*

Earning an M.S. in School Counseling from Walden can prepare you for a variety of rewarding career roles, including:

  • School counselor
  • Academic counselor
  • Academic advisor
  • Counselor for college and career readiness

Career positions may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–13 Edition, School and Career Counselors,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/Community-and-Social-Service/School-and-career-counselors.htm (viewed April 8, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Walden's M.S. in School Counseling program features:

  • A high-quality curriculum that reflects the professional guidelines set forth by leading organizations in the fields of counseling and education.
  • Through Walden's exclusive Virtual School, which uses online simulation to expose you to various perspectives of the school counseling profession, you gain critical skills you need to function effectively within the school setting.
  • Coursework tailored to meet the key needs of counselors today with content designed to address knowledge gaps within the counseling field as identified in the 2011 National Survey of School Counselors.* Topic areas covered include the use of technology, college and career readiness, and understanding learning styles.
  • An accelerated track option that provides the opportunity to complete your program faster—and earn your degree sooner. The accelerated track in the school counseling program is designed for students who are interested in taking three courses per quarter and finishing their program in a shorter timeframe. The accelerated track has the same curriculum, residencies, and field experience requirements as the general track, but requires a strong time commitment and is best suited for students who can dedicate themselves full time to their studies.

When you choose Walden’s M.S. in School Counseling program, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, but it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

*College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, “2011 National Survey of School Counselors: Counseling at a Crossroads,” on the Internet at http://www.civicenterprises.net/MediaLibrary/Docs/counseling_at_a_crossroads.pdf (viewed June 6, 2013).

Discover Walden’s Virtual School

Experience the role of a school counselor in this online simulation.

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Graduates of the M.S. in School Counseling program will be able to:

  • Apply sound ethical, legal, and business practices in the work of a school counselor.
  • Implement counseling, prevention, and intervention services related to school counseling.
  • Promote diversity and advocacy as related to school counseling.
  • Employ various assessment techniques to appropriately intervene in meeting the needs of diverse students.
  • Use evidence-based research to inform the development of prevention and intervention strategies in schools.
  • Collaborate and consult with key stakeholders to promote academic success of all students.
  • Design and evaluate a comprehensive school counseling program.
  • Develop programs that promote academic success and achievement for all students.

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the M.S. in School Counseling relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

For assistance in deciding which specialization fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.