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Total program credits needed for graduation: 72

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

To learn more, call 866.283.8039, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Core Courses

28 course quarter credits.

Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
Survey of Research Methodology (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
Assessment, Tests, and Measures (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
Group Counseling and Psychotherapy* (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
Life Planning and Career Development (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

Specific Residency or Clinical Experience Courses - 20 course quarter credits.

School Counseling Pre-Practicum Course 1* (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
School Counseling Residential Colloquium Track 1* (NON-CREDIT)
School Counseling Pre-Practicum Course 2* (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
School Counseling Residential Colloquium Track 2* (NON-CREDIT)
School Counseling Practicum* (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
School Counseling Internship 1* (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
School Counseling Internship 2* (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

Specialization Courses

24 course quarter credits.

Theories of Counseling and Guidance for Children and Adolescents (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
Contemporary Issues in School Counseling* (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
Introduction to School Counseling (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
Developmental School Counseling and Student Services (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
Crisis Intervention and Emergency Management (4 QUARTER CREDITS)
School Counseling Integrative Project* (4 QUARTER CREDITS)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

This program has not been reviewed or approved by Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania residents will have to apply and meet requirements for certification as out-of-state candidates.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure and salary benefits. It is the learner's responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for their states. Where applicable, teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether a program may qualify for salary advancement. For more information on licensure, visit our licensure page.(Washington state learners are advised to go to: for more information).

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners requires graduates to first earn a Minnesota license and (if applicable) endorsement prior to applying for an Iowa license or endorsement. Capella assists learners seeking an Iowa license with understanding the Minnesota requirements and contacting state educator licensing offices. An Iowa resident seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Education Examiners must contact that Board for licensure requirements in Iowa. See the education licensure page for contact information.

Kentucky residents are currently not eligible to enroll in this specialization.

Residency Requirement

To support your academic and professional success, residencies provide learning and community-building experiences in a stimulating scholarly environment. For this specialization, you are required to complete two six-day residencies  (COUN-R5910, COUN-R5911).

Practicum / Internship Requirement

Toward the end of your academic program, you'll complete a clinical experience, often referred to as practicum or internship, in which you will have the opportunity to put into practice what you've learned in your coursework and residency experiences. For this specialization, you are required to complete a minimum of 100 total practicum hours and 600 internship hours.

General School Counseling

Develop your counseling skills in real world environments with the support of your Capella Faculty and fieldwork Site Supervisor.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

Learn more about online learning at Capella.

Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

Sign Up for a Free One-Week Mini Course

Learn more about our online learning experience with a free one-week mini course.

Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

Learn more about individual courses

To learn more, call 866.283.8039, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.