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Today’s students in K-12 are faced with complex emotional challenges—cyber bullying, relationship and self-esteem issues, drug use, anger management, sexual orientation, and more—which require compassion and skill to help them transcend these difficulties.

Capella University's online Master's in School Counseling program prepares you to take on an expanded role in assisting vulnerable K-12 populations. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to make a significant contribution to students' well-being as well as advocate for their personal, educational, and social needs.

This program includes online coursework that incorporates a credit-bearing residency, in addition to practicum and internship experiences. Together, these features allow you to apply your knowledge in a direct, real-world setting.

Position yourself for increased career opportunities in the important field of school counseling.

The Building Blocks of Your Master's Program

This state-approved, CACREP-accredited program is built on the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model.

The program is part of the NCATE-accredited Professional Education Unit. This accreditation covers advanced educator preparation programs at Capella University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to K–12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.

This master’s program includes the following integrated components: online coursework, residencies, and field experiences. Each facet of your education builds on the others to take you through your program and prepare you for state licensure eligibility.

Program highlights include:

  • High-quality learning with an emphasis on applying counseling and child/adolescent development theories to school practice
  • A credit-bearing residency and required on-site instruction and supervision in a school setting
  • Clinical experiences designed to prepare you for state licensure eligibility
  • Highly educated faculty with real-world experience

View a sample course sequence to understand program timing and see how your coursework, residencies, and field experience all fit together.

Degree Outcomes

With your Master's in School Counseling from Capella, you'll learn to apply brief counseling and child/ adolescent development theories and research to school practice. You'll also learn how to deliver culturally, ethnically and life-style sensitive individual and group counseling services to students in school settings. Discover specifically what you'll learn — and how you can apply it.

View full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

Related Job Titles to Explore

Common jobs with an online program in school counseling include elementary, middle or high school counselor, guidance counselor or student life counselor. Potential workplaces include public or private schools, nonprofit educational organization, education corporation or government.