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Child and Adolescent Counseling
Master of Science in School Counseling

Expand your skills to support the social emotional growth and development of young people with the MS in School Counseling, Child and Adolescent Counseling specialization.

Learn developmentally appropriate interventions related to play therapy, family therapy and treatment and intervention planning for childhood and adolescent disorders. You’ll also learn to work with developmental, multicultural, ethical and legal issues related to diverse child and adolescent populations.

As part of the 90-credit CACREP-accredited program, this specialization is designed to help prepare students to pursue professional licensure as a school counselor.*

*This specialization is not designed to prepare students to pursue professional licensure outside of the school counseling field. Capella University cannot guarantee eligibility for licensure, endorsement, other professional credentials or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. State licensing boards review each applicant’s completed education, exam scores, supervised experience, criminal history and application materials at the time of license application to determine eligibility. For more information, see the professional licensure disclosures for this program on Capella’s website. Contact your school district for a determination on qualification for a salary advancement.

Real-world learning

Enhance your skills with residencyinternship and practicum experiences that integrate your knowledge with practice.

Professional relevance

Our curriculum incorporates the values, principles and ethical standards of national, regional and state professional counseling associations and honor societies, including the American School Counseling Association.

Expert core faculty

Our faculty is made up of scholar-practitioners with doctoral degrees who are active in their professions and bring real-world experience to the courseroom.

Classes Start Soon

Use the code WINTER to waive the $50 application fee.

At a glance

  • GuidedPath
  • Online & in person
  • 13 Core courses
  • 4 Specialization courses
  • 2 Residencies
  • 1 Practicum
  • 2 Internships
  • CACREP and CAEP accreditations

Reduce your tuition by $2,500

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2,500 Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree. Eligibility rules and exclusions apply. Connect with us for details.

What can you do with an MS in School Counseling degree?

Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with a Master of Science in School Counseling, Child and Adolescent Counseling.

Job titles to explore

  • School counselor
  • Licensed school counselor
  • Assessment specialist
  • Student services specialist
  • School adjustment counselor
  • Military and family life counselor
  • Child and adolescent case manager 

Employment settings to explore

  • Educational services

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.