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Northwest Missouri State University


M.S.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling

The M.S.Ed. program is a 45-hour program developed to prepare graduates to work as professional counselors in elementary and/or secondary schools. The Guidance & Counseling program trains graduate students in the developmental approach to school counseling and in one of its derivatives, the Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Program. Using a developmental approach, the program focuses on the three primary functions of the modern school counselor: consultation, coordination, and counseling.

Thre are 12 additional hours of coursework for candidates who do not hold a teaching degree.

Admission Requirements an Deadlines

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  • an undergraduate transcript from an accredited college which indicates:
    • a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 or above
    • a minimum GPA in the undergraduate declared major of 3.00
  • submission of scores from the Graduate Record Examination
  • a written statement of career plans and philosophy of education
  • a written recommendation attesting to the applicant's potential as graduate student and as a school counselor from a certified school counselor, a school administrator, or a college professor
  • a complete application filed in the Graduate Office by March 1

Program of Study

45 hours; all classes are 3 hours unless noted otherwise

Scientific Foundations Core

68-636 Methods in Counseling Research
68-652 Group Appraisal

Assessment Core

68-671 Student Appraisal
68-660 Organization & Administration of Guidance Programs
68-654 Occupation & Educational Information

Counseling Methods Core

68-570 Principles & Practices of the K-12 Guidance Program
68-610 Counseling Theory & Techniques
68-640 Group Counseling Techniques
68-628 Supervised Practice in Elementary/Secondary School Guidance

Field Practicum (6 hours)

68-629 Practicum in Elementary School Guidance OR
68-630 Practicum in Secondary School Guidance

Research Component

68-639 Research Project OR
68-630 Thesis

M.S.Ed. Guidance and Counseling Program Core

08-603 Advanced Educational Psychology
08-623 Advanced Child Psychology and Adolescent Psychology
08-605 Social & Cultural Foundations of Counseling
Four additional courses are required of Candidates that do not have a teaching degree.
61-650 Improvements of Teaching
61-651 Practicum in Teaching
62-540 Behavior Management
62-641 Educating Exceptional Children

An additional 6 hours are required for K-12 certification. See program coordinator for proper course selection for certification. See advisor for proper course sequencing.