College of Social Sciences

Master of Science in Counseling/School Counseling

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Help pave a path to success for the next generation of students by earning a Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in School Counseling. You’ll learn the theories you need to address real counseling scenarios with your future students. Professional School Counselors are prepared to provide assessment and evaluation, in addition to personal, academic, social, developmental and career counseling to K-12 students. Take the valuable skills of insight, evaluation and leadership from the classroom to the school counseling office, and positively impact the lives of others in schools and the community.

Your curriculum covers a broad array of counseling content, including individual educational and personal guidance, group counseling and more. Develop an effective counseling style, based on the experience you gain during your clinical hours under the direct supervision of professional school counselors. You’ll learn from experts in the field, keeping your skillset relevant to standards of the profession – then feel confident knowing you’ll have the tools you need before setting off into the working world.

Requirements and prerequisites

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

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Test Day Preparation


Through the MSC/SC program, you’ll be prepared to sit for the PRAXIS II - School Counseling test.

Relevant Training


The MSC/SC program meets education requirements set forth by the Utah State Board of Education for School Counseling practice. Your coursework matters and holds weight in the real world, so you’ll be ready to tackle your career head on.

Practice What You've Learned


Complete your program with a school counseling internship, applying what you’ve learned by using it in a school setting.

Go at a Flexible Pace


Continue your education at a flexible pace, taking one class at a time.

In Line with Best Practices


The program’s coursework is finely tuned to parallel the standards of the field, so you’ll be adequately prepared for your counseling profession.

Connect with Experienced Faculty


Our experienced faculty are available to guide you and address your questions – they’ve been exactly where you are and they’re here for you.
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Core courses

Our curriculum is designed to help you prepare for the competitive job market with relevant knowledge and in-demand skills. This program will include the following courses:

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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

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.

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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