Learn how to better aid children and adolescents in acheiving success and overcoming problems with a master’s in school counseling.
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 CACREP-accredited 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.
Walden’s MS in School Counseling program offers a General Program without a specialization, or a variety of optional specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals. Learn more about each specialization and its related curriculum:
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
The competent and confident counseling professional will:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 8% employment growth for school and career counselors by 2022.1
Earning an MS in School Counseling can prepare you for a variety of rewarding career roles, including:
Career positions may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
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.
Note on Licensure:
The MS 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 MS in School Counseling program meets the standards for school counseling licensure or certification and is a state-approved program in Minnesota and Ohio. The MS in School Counseling program is accredited by the Council on 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 become licensed or certified as a school counselor in some states. In addition, some states require school counselors to have an existing teaching license or certification, and teaching experience, in order to be eligible for a school counseling certification/license. Learn more about professional licensure.
Further, many states require school counseling programs to be approved in at least one state, either their own or another state. The MS in School Counseling program is approved by the states of Minnesota and Ohio, and while this approval is accepted by the majority of states which require state approval, it may not be accepted by all states.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, School and Career Counselors, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/school-and-career-counselors.htm (visited September 07, 2016). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, “2011 National Survey of School Counselors: Counseling at a Crossroads.”