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General School Counseling Master of Science in School Counseling

School of Counseling and Human Services


Total program credits needed for graduation: 72

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

Eighteen Required Courses 72 quarter credits

COUN5004 Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors (4 quarter credits)
COUN5006 Survey of Research Methodology (4 quarter credits)
COUN5106 Assessment, Tests, and Measures (4 quarter credits)
COUN5217 Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling (4 quarter credits)
COUN5241 Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (4 quarter credits)
COUN5279 Life Planning and Career Development (4 quarter credits)
COUN5280 Introduction to School Counseling (4 quarter credits)
COUN5284* School Counseling Program Development and Evaluation (4 quarter credits)
COUN5336 Counseling and Advocacy with Diverse Populations (4 quarter credits)
COUN5338 Crisis Intervention, Trauma Response, and Emergency Management (4 quarter credits)
COUN5420 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (4 quarter credits)
COUN5422* Counseling for College and Career Readiness (4 quarter credits)
COUN5812* Theories of Counseling with Children and Adolescents (4 quarter credits)

Specific Residency or Clinical Experience Courses - 20 course quarter credits

All academic courses listed below include specific residency, practice, or counseling skills experiences. Learners must complete prerequisites to be eligible to complete each course in the sequence.

COUN-R5811* Counseling Approaches and Techniques: School Counseling Residency Track 1 (4 quarter credits)
COUN-R5813* Advanced Counseling Approaches and Group Techniques: School Counseling Residency Track 2 (4 quarter credits)
COUN6102* School Counseling Practicum (4 quarter credits)
COUN6131* School Counseling Internship 1 (4 quarter credits)
COUN6132* School Counseling Internship 2 (4 quarter credits)

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

Arkansas and Kentucky residents are not eligible to enroll in this degree program.

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 residencies (COUN-R5811, COUN-R5813).

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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.

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What Can I Expect?

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.

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Transfer Credits

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

Online Masters Degree in School Counseling | Courses - Capella University

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