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School Counseling
Master of Science in School Counseling

If you’re committed to improving the future of our youth, consider an online MS in School Counseling from Capella University. This flexible program is part of our CAEP-accredited Education Preparation Provider (EPP) unit. It offers a combination of theory-based coursework and in-person experiences to help you prepare to pursue state licensure as a school counselor when you graduate.

The curriculum covers the knowledge and real-world skills you need to stand out in the field. Course content includes theories of counseling with children and adolescents, group counseling, counseling for college and career readiness, and child and adolescent psychopathology.

Real-world learning

Enhance your skills with residency, internship 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 April 10

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

At a glance

  • GuidedPath
  • Online & in-person
  • 6 Core courses
  • 7 Specialization courses
  • 2 Residencies
  • Practicum
  • 2 Internships
  • CACREP and CAEP accreditation

Reduce your tuition by $2,500*

*Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $2.5K 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.

Job titles to explore

  • School counselor
  • Guidance counselor
  • Counselor
  • College counselor
  • Advisor
  • Academic advisor
  • Academic counselor
  • Career counselor

Employment settings to explore

  • K–12 public school
  • K–12 private school
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community college

*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.

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