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M.S.Ed. in School 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 School Counseling program trains graduate students in the developmental approach to school counseling and in one of its derivatives, the Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program. Using a developmental approach, the program focuses on the three primary functions of the modern school counselor: consultation, coordination, and counseling.

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

Admission Requirements and 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 2.75 or above
    • a minimum GPA in the undergraduate declared major of 3.00
  • 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- please send all application materials to the Graduate Office: gradsch@nwmissouri.edu

Program of Study

45 hours; all classes are 3 hours unless noted otherwise

Program Requirements

68-636 Methods in Counseling Research
68-652 Group Appraisal
68-671 Student Appraisal and Intervention
68-660 Organization & Administration of School Counseling Programs
68-654 Occupation & Educational Information
68-570 Principles & Practices of the K-12 School Counseling Program
68-610 Counseling Theory & Techniques
68-640 Group Counseling Techniques
68-628 Supervised Practice in Elementary/Secondary School Counseling
08-603 Advanced Educational Psychology
08-627 Advanced Child Psychology and Adolescent Psychology
08-605 Social & Cultural Foundations of Counseling

Field Practicum (6 hours)

68-631 Practicum in K-12 School Counseling

Research Component

68-639 Research Project

Additional courses (required of candidates that do not have a teaching degree)

61-650 Improvements of Teaching
61-651 Practicum in Teaching
62-645 Theory and Techniques of Behavioral Analysis
62-641 Educating the Exceptional Child