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 MS 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 MS 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 four 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 (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
    Program Director, School Counseling

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  • Dollar signReceive a $1,500 grant if you reside in the US and start this program on August 29, 2016. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

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