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Master of Education in School Counseling and Initial License

Program Details

Credits: 42-45 semester hours
Program start date
: Summer or Fall
Program length
: 21-24 months (full-time or part-time study available)
 the current program of study in the course catalog
admissions requirements and deadlines: Track I or Track II
: Laura Pedersen, Danielle Torres, Heather Hadraba

Our School Counseling programs emphasize a democratic, systemic approach that gives you the skills to reach out to students whose needs are not being met, and to involve all members of the community—parents, educators, administrators, and peers-in ensuring student success.

There are two possible tracks for students in the Master of Education in School Counseling and Initial License Program: Track I and Track II.  Track I is for students with two academic years of experience as a full-time licensed teacher in a public education setting or in a regionally accredited private school in any state or other U.S. jurisdiction.  Track II is for students who do not yet have two years of full-time licensed teaching experience. 

Students in this program will leave prepared to:

  • Skillfully develop and deliver interventions for students and other individuals in K-12 schools.
  • Learn to effectively collaborate with school staff and community members.

“I have a billion mini-conversations with my students every day. Sometimes we talk in Spanish, sometimes it’s English, but it’s always about empowerment.Robert Aguilar, M.Ed. ’02

  • Design and implement a comprehensive school-counseling program as described by the American School Counseling Association National Model.
  • Use leadership and advocacy skills to deliver services to ALL students.
  • Commit to the life-long learning involved in working with diverse students and communities.
  • Understand, analyze, and communicate data-driven decision-making that addresses issues of equity and targets the achievement gap in schools.

What to Expect

The Master of Education in School Counseling and Initial License Program focuses on collaboration and dialogue in small-class settings. Courses have a specific school-counseling focus, emphasizing work with children and adolescents in a school setting, and they are taught by a team of faculty with real-world work experience. Course offerings are based on the Transformed School Counseling Model, which focuses on developing advocacy, leadership, and collaboration skills; encourages understanding of culturally diverse populations and issues of social justice and equity; and emphasizes utilizing data as a means of identifying service needs and program effectiveness.

At the start of the program, we provide advising for each student to review the course requirements and plan for the sequence of classes that will work best for you. Faculty advisors are available to students throughout the program for planning, counsel, and academic advice.

In addition to the required coursework, students spend substantial time working in schools from the very first term. During the program, students work at three different school sites, earning authorization for all grade levels, K-12. Students in Track II will also spend time in schools completing a teaching practicum.

A full-time student can complete the program in two years, and a part-time student can take three or more years.

Applying to the  Program

The Master of Education in School Counseling and Initial License Program is for students with a completed bachelor’s degree and an interest in pursuing a career as a K-12 school counselor. We expect successful applicants to have knowledge of child development, experience working with children, and a commitment to working with diverse communities. We do not require specific undergraduate majors, although we strongly encourage experience and knowledge gained through education or work or volunteer experiences.

There are two possible tracks for candidates in this program. Track I is for those with two academic years of experience as a full-time licensed teacher in a public education setting or in a regionally accredited private school in any state or other U.S. jurisdiction. Track II is for those who do not currently hold a license in teaching. For more information about the tracks, view the current program of study in the catalog (see link at the top of this page).

Special Student Status

To register for courses in any School Counseling program, an individual must either be fully admitted or have Special Student status. Special Student status allows an individual to take a limited number of semester hours in specifically designated courses prior to formal admission. Currently these courses include:

SCED 500 Introduction to School Counseling
SCED 507 Development of the Learner: Children and Adolescents
SCED 510 Family Dynamics, Consultation, and Community Resources
SCED 512 Special Needs Populations in Schools

Admission to these classes is on a space-available basis after fully admitted students have registered.

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To learn about the requirements for admission into this program, visit the Graduate School Admissions website. You can also email or call 503-768-6200.

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    Educational Leadership and School Counseling is located in room 308 of Rogers Hall on the Graduate Campus.

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