In Nebraska, several public and private colleges and universities offer master's degree programs in school counseling. Students may be able to specialize in counseling at the elementary or secondary school level. Programs combine lectures with practicum and/or internship experiences. Students learn about counseling theory, methods and ethics as well as human development and crisis intervention. Depending on the program, students will be required to complete 39-48 credit hours. Some courses may be able to be completed online.
Below are brief overviews of Nebraska schools offering degree programs that meet state counselor requirements, along with a table that gives details about each school and program.
Chadron State College
Chadron State College in Chadron offers a master's degree program that qualifies graduates for a school counselor endorsement at the elementary or secondary levels. Students must have an undergraduate degree in teacher education to qualify for admission. Classes are available at the main campus, and some are offered online. The 39-credit program includes courses in counseling theory and methods as well as a practicum and 450 hours of internship work. The K-12 endorsement calls for an internship at the elementary and secondary levels.
Located in Omaha, Creighton University's graduate counseling degree program offers specializations at the elementary or secondary levels. Students in both specializations study child development, counseling ethics and vocational counseling, and they complete a practicum and two internships. The 45 - 48 credit hour program can be completed in two years. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college with at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Doane University offers a master's degree in K-12 school counseling at its campus in Lincoln to licensed teachers with at least two years of experience. The 48-credit hour program includes courses in education and counseling. Courses cover ethics, research methods and group processes. The program requires students to complete a practicum of 100 clock hours as well as a 450-hour internship.
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Students who have two years of teaching experience and a Nebraska teaching certificate can earn a master's degree in school counseling at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. This program qualifies them for endorsement at either the elementary or secondary levels. The program consists of at least 43 credit hours, and most courses can be taken in the summer. Courses are offered on-campus, online or through a combination of both methods. Both program options include instruction in counseling issues and methods along with internships that meet state requirements.
University of Nebraska at Omaha
The University of Nebraska at Omaha offers Master of Arts and Master of Science degree programs in counseling with specializations in K-12 school counseling. Both programs require 48 credit hours and include courses in human development, counseling theory and counseling methods. Students learn about issues in school counseling and can opt for a course in crisis intervention in place of select courses. Each program requires students to participate in two internships and complete a counseling practicum.
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Students in the counseling master's program can opt for a specialization in school counseling at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The 48-credit hour program includes courses in school counseling, career counseling, ethics and research methods. Students also have the opportunity to complete a thesis project. The university's Counseling and School Psychology Clinic offers students the opportunity to gain real-world experience.
Wayne State College
Students pursuing a master's degree in school counseling at Wayne State College in Wayne can qualify for an endorsement at the elementary level, secondary level or both levels. The program consists of 48 credit hours or more with courses in career counseling and counseling ethics. Students must complete two practicum courses and an internship at an elementary or secondary school - dual endorsement students must complete two internships.
The Nebraska Department of Education requires that public school counselors who work with students in K-12 have two or more years of classroom teaching experience. They also need at least 36 graduate credit hours and a master's degree in school counseling. The degree program must include at least 100 clock hours of clinical experience plus 450 or more clock hours in an internship.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||School Counseling Degree Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Chadron State College||Four-year; public; remote town|| Master of Education in School Counseling - Elementary,
Master of Education in School Counseling - Secondary
|$4,479 in-state; $7,921 out-of-state*|
|Creighton University||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; large city|| Master of Science in Counseling and Preventive Mental Health - Elementary,
Master of Science in Counseling and Preventive Mental Health - Secondary
|Doane University||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; large city||Master of Arts in Counseling - School Counseling Emphasis||$5,620*|
|University of Nebraska at Kearney||Four-year; public; distant town|| Master of Science in Education: School Counseling - Elementary,
Master of Science in Education: School Counseling - Secondary
|$6,481 in-state; $12,793 out-of-state*|
|University of Nebraska at Omaha||Four-year; public; large city||Master of Arts or Master of Science in Counseling - K-12 Counseling Concentration||$5,836 in-state; $13,975 out-of-state*|
|University of Nebraska - Lincoln||Four-year; public; large city||Master of Arts in Counseling - Specialization in School Counseling||$8,556 in-state; $21,510 out-of-state*|
|Wayne State College||Four-year; public; distant town|| Master of Science in Education: Counseling - PK-6,
Master of Science in Education: Counseling - 7-12
|$4,483 in-state; $7,925 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics