Most students interested in school counseling colleges and universities already hold a bachelor's degree; Master of Education and Education Specialist programs grant degrees that generally qualify students to sit for licensing examinations and for subsequent employment as counselors.
10 Schools with School Counseling Programs
The following list includes a number of schools that offer graduate degrees for those interested in a career in school counseling.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Graduate Tuition (2015-2016)|
|University of Maryland-College Park||College Park, MD||4-year, Public||Master's||In-state $11,376; Out-of-state $24,534|
|University of North Carolina-Greensboro||Greensboro, NC||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctoral||In-state $4,873; Out-of-state $18,322|
|University of Georgia||Athens, GA||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctoral||In-state $8,492; Out-of-state $24,090|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctoral||In-state $10,728; Out-of-state $24,054|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, MO||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctoral||In-state $8,402; Out-of-state $22,498|
|University of Minnesota-Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Master's||In-state $15,844; Out-of-state $24,508|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctoral||In-state $11,560; Out-of-state $31,032|
|Pennsylvania State University-University Park||University Park, PA||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctoral||In-state $18,270; Out-of-state $31,246|
|University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctoral||In-state $10,770; Out-of-state $27,335|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Master's||In-state $6,916; Out-of-state $25,759|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites
School Selection Criteria
When selecting a school counseling program, students usually choose between a master's degree program (Master of Education, Education Specialist or Master of Art) and a Ph.D. program. The following considerations should be noted when choosing a school counseling program:
- A Master of Art degree is appropriate for students more interested in continuing their education and applying for Ph.D. programs, while Ph.D. programs in school counseling are for students interested in careers involving theory, research and teaching.
- Research opportunities are more critical for Master of Arts and Ph.D. students who wish to pursue a professional academic career in school counseling.
- Depending on state licensing requirements and the school, many programs in school counseling require students to complete a set number of hours in the field, allowing them to gain experience through an internship.
- The availability of internships and research opportunities is an important consideration when comparing tuition costs.
Aspiring school counselors can find programs at the graduate level once they have already earned a bachelor's degree. Tuition costs vary widely, and some colleges only offer a master's degree program, while others offer master's and doctoral degrees.