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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.
Use the code WINTER to waive the $50 application fee.
*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.
Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
Learners in this course examine the theoretical components and developmental aspects of groups. Topics include types of groups, group dynamics and processes, group leadership and membership roles, ethical awareness in relation to groups, and crisis management within groups. For MS in School Counseling learners only. Prerequisite(s): COUN-R5861.
|4 quarter credits|
Introduction to School Counseling
This course introduces learners to the profession of school counseling. Learners examine the history and development of school counseling; investigate ethical and legal requirements for school counselors; explore the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model and service delivery systems, including specific programs and interventions; and analyze the multiple roles and functions of school counselors with various stakeholders. For MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MS in School Counseling degree program and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior, Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services, Contemporary Theory in School-Based Services, and Systemic Couple and Family Therapy graduate certificate learners only.
|4 quarter credits|
School Counseling Program Development and Evaluation
This course provides a comprehensive approach to developing school counseling programs and services, as well as the data-driven decision making and accountability needed to sustain them. Learners investigate the needs, structure, specialized areas, and evaluation functions of school counseling programs and examine comprehensive models using the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model as a framework. For MS in School Counseling learners only. Prerequisite(s): COUN5241, COUN5812, COUN-R5861.
|4 quarter credits|
Counseling for College and Career Readiness
In this course, learners examine models of P–12 comprehensive career development. Learners also evaluate developmentally appropriate interventions and assessments that enhance career readiness, improve graduation rates, and promote equity in student achievement and college access. For MS in School Counseling learners only. Prerequisite(s): COUN5279, COUN-R5861.
|4 quarter credits|
Theories of Counseling with Children and Adolescents
Learners in this course expand upon foundational counseling and relationship-building skills by integrating brief and strengths-based theoretical approaches and interventions relevant to the practice of counseling in P–12 schools. Learners analyze the influence of biopsychosocial factors on child and adolescent development and design individualized interventions that enhance wellness and resilience. For MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, MS in School Counseling degree program and Contemporary Theory in Addictive Behavior, Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services, Contemporary Theory in School-Based Services, and Systemic Couple and Family Therapy graduate certificate learners only. Prerequisite(s): COUN5280.
|4 quarter credits|
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Discover your path to gaining real-world skills to support young people as a licensed school counselor. This program is designed to help you apply counseling and child development theories and research to school practice, and provide compassionate counseling services to a diverse range of students. As a graduate, you will be expected to uphold codes of ethics from the American Counseling Association and the American School Counselor Association, and to champion the highest standards based on the ASCA National Model for Comprehensive School Counseling.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
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The total cost of your degree will depend on academic performance, transfer credits, scholarships and other factors. See GuidedPath cost information below.
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$487 per credit, 72 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees). Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.
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*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2021–2022
“The most fulfilling aspect of earning my degree was being able to do it while maintaining my grades and getting my dream job. I am able to connect with students in a way that I could have never imagined.”
Kelly Anders* – MS in School Counseling graduate and PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision student
*Actual Capella graduate who agreed to appear in promotional materials.
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It is important to understand all educational and individual requirements for licensing. Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, certification, or endorsement. State regulations vary regarding professional licensure. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with requirements for your state.
Applicants to the MS in School Counseling program must provide the following information for admission:
GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:
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