College of Social Sciences

Master of Science in Counseling/School Counseling

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Young students—from kindergarten through high school—endure physiological, mental and social developments that can affect how they view themselves and the world, and how they handle things that happen to them. School counselors work with students experiencing such changes and the challenges that can result from them.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs for school counselors will grow 14 percent between 2008-2018. Earning a Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling can help meet this demand, providing a foundation for future school counselors to help foster students' personal and educational growth. The degree program offers instruction in counseling theories and their application to individual students and groups; assessment and evaluation; career planning; and program development, implementation and evaluation. Field experience is gained through a supervised practicum and internship.

Requirements and prerequisites

You will need XXX credits to complete this program, which may be earned from a combination of required and elected courses. However, required courses may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits.

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The Master of Science in Counseling degree program with a specialization in School Counseling provides the required knowledge and skills to become effective school counselors. The program encompasses foundations of counseling and guidance including theories and their application with groups and individuals, assessment and evaluation, counseling and consultative relationships, career planning for students, and program development, implementation, and evaluation. The program addresses critical issues facing school counselors and offers supervised practicum and internship experiences that allow students to obtain the practical experience necessary for licensure as a school counselor.

In order to practice as a counselor in most states, the student must be licensed as an LPC (licensed professional counselor), MFT (marriage and family therapist), or other comparable state professional license designation. License requirements may vary by state. It is the student's responsibility to ascertain and meet licensure requirements in any state in which the student desires to practice.

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The University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences is a candidate for accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the longest-standing agency for high-quality education preparation programs in the country.

NCATE develops effective guidelines for preparing the next generation of educators. Institutions that meet NCATE criteria focus on teaching theory and practice; using valid, reliable and fair assessment; supporting and developing faculty; and providing adequate resources to support program implementation and improvement.

For our students, NCATE accreditation means two things:

  1. The College of Social Sciences's curriculum meets rigorous national standards for teacher preparation.
  2. Graduates of our programs will be prepared to provide high-quality classroom instruction.

Learning outcomes

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Program Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, College of Social Sciences graduating students are intended to attain certain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by the time you complete this program.

Review the program student learning outcomes (PDF) report for the Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling program.

Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes that students will possess upon completion of the program of study.

Review the annual assessment results (PDFs) for this program.

Why NCATE accreditation matters

The University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences is a candidate for accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the longest-standing agency for high-quality education preparation programs in the country.

NCATE develops effective guidelines for preparing the next generation of educators. Institutions that meet NCATE criteria focus on teaching theory and practice; using valid, reliable and fair assessment; supporting and developing faculty; and providing adequate resources to support program implementation and improvement.

For our students, NCATE accreditation means two things:

  1. The College of Social Sciences's curriculum meets rigorous national standards for teacher preparation.
  2. Graduates of our programs will be prepared to provide high-quality classroom instruction.

Learning outcomes

Review the learning outcomes (PDF) report for the Master of Science in Counseling/School Counseling program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, College of Social Sciences graduating students are intended to attain certain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by the time you complete this program.

Review the program student learning outcomes (PDF) report for the Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling program.

Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes that students will possess upon completion of the program of study.

Review the annual assessment results (PDFs) for this program.

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Tuition (per credit) $685.0
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