school counseling

Counseling, School Counseling (M.S.)

  • Master's

About this Program

The master’s degree on counseling with a school counseling specialty offers a clear path to certification as a pre-K through 12th grade school counselor. Courses can be planned to fulfill requirements for professional counseling licensure.

Program Overview

Training for a meaningful school role

The program prepares individuals to provide meaningful student counseling services and contribute significantly to education teams in elementary, middle, and secondary schools.  It includes the opportunity for specialty training in thanatology, knowledge that is increasingly helpful in student crisis response and grief/bereavement counseling situations.  

Accreditation status 

The 60-credit program is designed to conform to the standards set by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), and CACREP accreditation will be sought when the program becomes eligible to apply. MSDE certification of the school counseling specialty is to begin enrollment for Fall 2018. Instructional domains include: foundations; counseling, prevention, and intervention; diversity and advocacy; assessment; research and evaluation; diagnosis; academic development; collaboration and consultation; and leadership. The curriculum features a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship.   

Rich instruction

Faculty members are subject-matter experts whose scholarly and real-world experiences ensure that instruction is grounded in academic knowledge and practical application. Small classes mean close communication with instructors and rich discussion among students—and a real sense of community. 

Methods of Instruction

Late afternoon, evening and weekend classes accommodate working adults. Courses may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis; students are encouraged to consider how they will balance the requirements of coursework and practicum/internship with other commitments.

NOTE: Students should be aware that the clinical, occupational, and emotional demands of practicum and internship can make simultaneous full-time employment challenging. Few sites offer evening and weekend hours, and students are expected to be as flexible as possible. Students receive extensive support from faculty in identifying and securing a site, however placements and specific scheduling needs are not guaranteed. Applicants should speak to faculty for further information.

Program Contact

Andrew Campbell

Program Director


Jan Marcus

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission


Degrees Offered

  • MS
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Aug, 22, 2018 - Hood College likes to celebrate the life experiences that our graduate students bring to the table, whether in a program that follows their undergraduate degree, or applying their undergraduate skills to expand in an entirely different area.

    Admission to the school counseling specialty master’s program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA. of 3.0.  If the GPA. is below 3.0, the applicant may submit GRE scores for possible consideration. Undergraduate coursework in psychology is strongly recommended.  

    Individuals applying to the school counseling master's program are required to submit:

    • The online application
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
    • A personal statement describing factors that influenced the decision to apply to Graduate School and how this program will facilitate fulfillment of the applicant’s professional goals
    • In the counseling profession, a professional is expected to recognize and appreciate individual differences. Write about an experience (or experiences) you have had working with people different than yourself? What strengths and limitations do you see in your ability to recognize and appreciate individuals who hold beliefs and/or values that differ from your own?
    • A résumé or curriculum vitae
    • A minimum of two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation (three are preferred)

    All application materials should be submitted by June 15 for fall admission and Nov. 15 for spring admission. Applications will continue to be reviewed after the deadline on a space-available basis.

    Applicants may be contacted to schedule an interview, with online/video interviews used for applicants who live more than two hours from campus. 

    Fast Fact

    Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, career and social/emotional development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

    All Faculty
    Andrew Campbell

    Andrew Campbell

    • Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling
    • Program Director, Master's in Counseling (Clinical and School)
    Megan Doughty Shaine

    Megan Doughty Shaine

    • Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling
    • Practicum and Internship Coordinator
    Diane Graves

    Diane R. Graves

    • Associate Professor of Psychology
    • Program Director, Master's in Interdiscipinary Studies in Human Behavior