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School Counseling

Program(s) Available: M.S.Ed.

Interested in growing your mental health advocacy? Interested in working with students to support their academic, behavioral and social development? The Master of Science Education in School Counseling is a 45-hour, two-year program focusing on school counseling in elementary, middle and secondary schools.

Why Study School Counseling at Northwest

Students enroll in a cohort setting allowing for individualized support from faculty and classmates.

The program trains students in a developmental approach to school counseling and the Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program. Using this approach, the program focuses on the three primary functions of the modern school counselor: consultation, coordination and counseling.

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Admissions requirements

In addition to your online application, the following materials are needed to complete your application:

  • Submission of an official undergraduate transcript from an accredited college which indicates the following:
    • A minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 or above
    • A minimum GPA in the undergraduate declared major of 3.00
  • A 2-3 page written statement that addresses why you are interested in the program, how the program aligns with your career goals, and your philosophies of working with children and adolescents is required. This paper is your writing sample for program admission. It will be evaluated based upon the content, how you address the 3 required topics, and grammar and mechanics.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student and as a school counselor.
  • Submission of a current vitae.
  • While a teaching certificate is preferred, an applicant can take additional coursework in lieu of a teaching certificate. An additional core of teaching courses in concert with Missouri certification rules is required.

Application deadline: March 1- please send all application materials to the Graduate Office:

For students without a teaching degree, 12 additional hours of coursework will be required.

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