Counseling and Educational Development (CED)

M.S. in Counseling, concentration in School Counseling

Through our master’s and/or educational specialist degree in School Counseling you specialize in coursework and field experiences that help you develop knowledge and skills to work with a diverse K-12 student body from a strength based, developmental perspective. This coursework will assist in helping understand, conceptualize, assess, and support K-12 students’ academic, career/postsecondary, and personal/social development. You will also learn how to work as a school leader to support K-12 schools, students, and families.

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Example Careers

  • Working as a school counselor in an elementary, middle, or high school
  • Working with children in non-traditional educational or residential settings
  • Working on a college or university campus in recruitment or advising offices
  • Working in a district central office doing school counseling administration
  • Working in a community agency (with completed coursework towards licensure)
  • Working in crisis centers, alternative schools, or group homes

Designed For

Students in the School Counseling track are passionate about learning how to connect with children and adolescents and their families in a school setting. As a school counselor-in-training, students learn to see K-12 students through a developmental lens so that they can team with other educational and mental health personnel to foster K-12 students academic, personal/social, and career development. They also learn to communicate with a variety of educational and mental health personnel, to support the success of K-12 students.

Career Opportunities

Students in the School Counseling track have multiple opportunities to build their counseling and consulting skills throughout their program. Beginning in their first semester, students are placed in a local school to begin to understand the multiple roles and responsibilities of a school counselor. Specific skills training occurs both in core classes, working with peers and with college student clients, and in a 600-hour internship where students are placed in community schools as a part-time school counseling intern.

Research Interests

Master’s students have opportunities to get involved with faculty research or join research teams voluntarily or formally through the Master’s Applied Research Experience course. Research opportunities include learning how to demonstrate efficacy of school counseling interventions in the schools.

Program of Study

Total hours: Total hours: 60 hours (M. S.)

Core courses:

CED 611 The Counselor As Scientist-Practitioner
CED 612 Developmental Counseling
CED 605 Counseling Diverse Populations
CED 610 Helping Relationships
CED 620 Counseling Theories and Practice
CED 650 Group Counseling Theory and Practice
CED 669 Career Development and Career Counseling
CED 678 Professional Orientation
CED 682 Application of Measurement and Clinical Appraisal Techniques

Additional courses:

SES 540 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals
CED 642 Substance Abuse Counseling
CED 648 Foundations of School Counseling
CED 653 Practicum in Counseling
CED 677 School Certification
CED 679 Advanced Counseling Practicum
CED 680A Counseling Internship
CED 680B Counseling Internship
CED 688 Counseling Children and Adolescents
CED 698 Implementing and Evaluating School Counseling Programs