Jul 25, 2021
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The MS in School Counseling degree is designed to prepare students to serve as certified or licensed school counselors in pre-kindergarten through high school (PreK–12) school settings. The MS in School Counseling program will include curricular experiences, residency experiences, and fieldwork experiences all designed to best prepare students to serve as professional school counselors in the field. Walden graduates will be prepared to support PreK–12 students in diverse school settings to be emotionally, socially, and academically successful.
The following Learning Outcomes are common to all MS in counseling programs. The competent and confident counseling profession will:
- Analyze the different roles and settings of a counselor.
- Apply sound ethical and legal practices in the work of a counselor.
- Analyze cultural development theories and models.
- Examine empirically based theories of human development.
- Evaluate approaches of career development appropriate to diverse needs and life experiences.
- Examine appropriate evidence-based counseling practices for prevention and intervention.
- Apply essential counseling skills across multiple settings.
- Select group facilitation strategies that are culturally and ethically relevant.
- Analyze assessment procedures to support planning for appropriate counseling interventions.
- Evaluate research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.
Graduates of the MS in School Counseling program will also be able to:
- Examine the factors that put K-12 students at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders.
- Choose strategies for assisting K-12 students in reaching personal, academic, and social growth.
- Assess data to inform decision making within the school setting.
- Critically examine the connections between social, familial, emotional, and behavior problems and academic achievement.
- 75 total quarter credits for general program
- Core Courses (66 cr.)
- Practicum—100 hours (3 cr.)
- Internship I—300 hours (3 cr.)
- Internship II—300 hours (3 cr.)
- Optional Specialization (10 cr.)
- Optional Accelerated track allows completion in 21 months (three courses per quarter)
- 2 Pre-Practicum Labs (6 weeks online with 4 days face-to-face)
Foundation Course (1 cr.)
Specialization Courses (10 cr.)
These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.
Each pre-practicum includes online course content integrated with a 4-day, face-to-face residential requirement.
General Program Option
- General—This is the traditional track in which students either complete one or two courses per quarter.
- Accelerated—This is the track where students can complete three courses per quarter.
Note on Licensure
The MS in School Counseling program is offered by Walden University, an institution accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) which is a requirement to practice as a school counselor in some states. The MS in School Counseling program meets the standards for school counseling licensure or certification and is a state-approved program in Minnesota and Ohio. The MS in School Counseling program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) which may also be a requirement to become licensed or certified as a school counselor in some states. In addition, some states require school counselors to have an existing teaching license or certification, and teaching experience, in order to be eligible for a school counseling certification/license.
Further, many states require school counseling programs to be approved in at least one state, either their own or another state. The MS in School Counseling program is approved by the states of Minnesota and Ohio, and while this approval is accepted by the majority of states that require state approval, it may not be accepted by all states.
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