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Help students develop skills to thrive through life changes
Master of Science in Counseling/School Counseling
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.
What you'll learn
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The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.
Individual courses are also available.
When you need graduate-level college credit for continuing education or professional development requirements, consider enrolling in an individual course. Many of the same courses offered in our degree programs are also available for individual enrollment. It's great way to "test-drive" the University and get all the same services and support we offer in our degree programs.
Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.
Under the Third-Party Billing Plan, University of Phoenix directly bills an approved employer for a student's tuition. To find out if your company supports direct bill, speak to your human resources department or one of our advisors.
Need more information?
An advisor can help you review your options and choose the one that’s best for you.
How can I use my Military benefits?
Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.
The Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program
With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.
Montgomery GI Bill
Post 9/11 GI Bill
If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits.
Active Duty Spouse Benefits
As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.
Benefits of this degree program
Your course curriculum is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed by competent, ethical practitioners including current trends and applications in school counseling.
Faculty with working knowledge
Courses are taught by instructors who have experience in the field so you can see how theories apply to the real world of counseling.
Convenient learning options
We make it convenient for working professionals like you to earn your degree around your busy schedule through evening on-campus classes.
Small class size
An average class size of nine students provides an intimate learning environment that allows for close interaction with expert faculty.
Is this the right program for you?
Make a difference in the lives of young people. Helping people improve their lives can have long-term positive impact. Learn more about the Master of Science in Counseling with School Counseling focus — an enrollment advisor can help you get started and answer any questions you have.
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:
- The College of Social Sciences’s curriculum meets rigorous national standards for teacher preparation.
- Graduates of our programs will be prepared to provide high-quality classroom instruction.
While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Advisor.
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We help you make an impact in the lives of others
It's become a part of everyday life in recent years: external struggles such as job losses, economic turmoil, foreclosures, bankruptcies — and the resulting internal struggles such as depression, compromised health and interpersonal conflict.
But you have the desire to help people smooth the rough edges of these challenges, and to give them the coping skills and professional human services they need to get through it. That's what draws you to the Social Sciences disciplines.
The University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences helps you gain the essential skills and knowledge to provide the compassion, guidance and service to others in need. With diverse bachelor's and master's degree programs in Counseling, Human Services and Psychology, you can choose the one that provides you with the skill set to help others in the setting that works for you — whether one-on-one, families and small groups, or schools and communities.