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.
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.
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 time frame. 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.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
The competent and confident counseling professional will:
*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 (viewed June 6, 2013).Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.
Walden provides flexible online programs for working people.
When I started my first official job as a counselor and was asked to read over a clinical assessment and treatment plan, I realized that I literally had a license to be a positive influence in the lives of those I serve on a daily basis.
I am loving my Walden experience. I believe the university is providing a quality education. I also feel supported by staff and instructors as I move forward.