M.S.Ed. in School Counseling
Master of Science in Education
M.S.Ed. in School Counseling Degree Program Overview
Purdue University Northwest’s M.S.Ed. in school counseling degree program prepares students to provide individual and small group counseling, classroom guidance, college/career planning, as well as consultation to teachers, parents, families, and other professionals.
Students in the program will experience a variety of opportunities to learn and practice skills in these areas.
This degree is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Our faculty members are committed to establish a learning environment that promotes counselor competence, professional ethics, personal integrity and cultural sensitivity.
Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for K-12 school counselor licensure in Indiana.
M.S.Ed. in School Counseling Degree Program Curriculum
Our curriculum integrates counseling theory, skills and multicultural counseling knowledge to prepare you to become a ethical, culturally competent school counselor in a K-12 setting. We teach and reinforce evidence-based practices throughout the program.
Begin with core courses that prepare you for the practicum and internship field experiences.
- EDPS 50000 – Group Counseling Theories And Techniques
- EDPS 50100 – Introduction To School Counseling
- EDPS 50500 – Foundations Of Career Development And Assessment
Continue taking core courses and begin your practicum experience of counseling students at a school and in our program’s counseling center.
- EDPS 53100 – Introduction To Measurement And Instrument Design
- EDPS 59100 – Special Topics In Education (Counseling Children and Adolescents)
Complete your internship experience at a school and in our counseling center.
- EDPS 60100 – Counseling Theories And Techniques Laboratory
- EDPS 60900 – Program Development And Organization In Human Services
- EDPS 61000 – School Counseling Practicum
M.S.Ed. in School Counseling Degree Program Highlights
As a student in this program, you’ll undertake training experiences that celebrate diversity, increase multicultural sensitivity and enable you to meet the needs of individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.
In the last academic year, the licensure pass rate for School Counseling graduates was 100 percent. The job placement rate was 85 percent.
M.S.Ed. in School Counseling Degree Program Outcomes
As a graduate of this program, you’ll be eligible to become a licensed school counselor. Many of our students complete the department’s Expressive Arts Certificate, or a few of the classes, to take those counseling skills into their practice. with their students. You can also complete an additional four courses to be eligible to become a licensed mental health counselor.
M.S.Ed. in School Counseling Degree Program Career Paths
Most of our alumni work as school counselors, but some students go on to pursue doctorates in counselor education. Others work in higher education or related helping professions.
M.S.Ed. in School Counseling Degree Program Beyond the Classroom
We encourage you to get involved in activities like:
- American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
- Indiana School Counselor Association (ISCA)
- National Board for Certified Counselors
M.S.Ed. in School Counseling Degree Program Employers
Almost every school system in Northwest Indiana, and some in Illinois, employ our alumni. Some of our graduates also work in higher education.
M.S.Ed. in School Counseling Degree Program Scholarships
In addition to the scholarships available to all PNW applicants, students seeking an M.S.Ed. in School Counseling may also apply for program-specific scholarship awards, such as:
M.S.Ed. in School Counseling Degree Program Accreditation
This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Our curriculum includes classes in CACREP’s core areas as well as electives, a practicum and an internship. A CACREP-accredited degree demonstrates that you meet training standards for ethical and competent counselors who are prepared to work with diverse students.
The PNW counseling program was an exceedingly validating experience for me. It confirmed that I made the right choice to find my dream career!
Meet the Faculty
Associate Professor of Education
Lisa Hollingsworth is the program coordinator for the graduate counseling programs. She teaches courses in all of the program areas and researches in the area of existential approaches to counseling.
Associate Professor of Education
Mary J. Didelot, Ph.D., is an associate professor of education, School of Education and Counseling. Her teaching and research centers on the implementation of counseling techniques in addictions and art.
Earn a Master's Degree in Education in School Counseling at PNW
Whether you just completed your undergraduate studies or are looking to take the next step to advance your career, Purdue University Northwest’s M.S.Ed. in School Counseling degree program prepares you to be an ethical, culturally competent school counselor in a K-12 setting.
Our graduate studies staff is ready to help you take the next step! Contact us at (219) 989-2257 or email@example.com to see how PNW can meet your needs.