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MEd in School Counseling (Initial Teacher Licensure)

Students who enroll in Grand Canyon University's Master of Education in School Counseling have the opportunity to learn the skills to pursue a career as a school guidance counselor or other roles in the counseling profession. Read more to learn about this master's program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Education in School Counseling (Initial Licensure)

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Students considering enrolling in the Master of Education in School Counseling program should be interested in a career in counseling or education. Grand Canyon University's graduate admissions requirements include a bachelor's degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 2.8. Applicants to Grand Canyon University's master's programs should have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Students who enroll in Grand Canyon University's Master of Education in School Counseling program have the opportunity to learn how to help young people through difficult transitions, guide learners in their academic and career choices, and structure effective school counseling programs. The program is also designed to prepare graduates to seek certification in this field. Students will have the opportunity to study theories and models of counseling, organization and administration of school counseling programs, research methods and program evaluation, developmental disabilities, and other related topics. Additionally, as a Christian university, GCU uses values-based and faith-based models to design their curriculum.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Master of Education in School Counseling

The Master of Education in School Counseling program has 20 core courses, worth three credits each. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (60 credits)

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies and Foundations of School Counseling
  • Organization and Administration of a School Counseling Program
  • School Counseling Practicum
  • Counseling for College and Career
  • School Counseling Internship I
  • Contemporary Issues in School Counseling
  • School Counseling Internship II
  • Educational Tests and Measurements
  • School Counseling Internship II
  • Professional Counseling, Ethical, and Legal Considerations
  • Theories and Models of Counseling
  • Counseling Skills
  • Counseling the Culturally Diverse
  • Group Counseling
  • Lifespan and Development
  • Research Methods and Program Evaluation
  • Development through Childhood and Adolescence
  • Development Disabilities
  • Childhood Adolescent Trauma
  • Psychopathology and Treatment of Children and Adolescence

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Through real-world experience gained through internships and practicums, and extensive coursework, the Master of Education in School Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates for careers in various disciplines with the field of counseling, especially educational settings.

Some possible careers could include:

  • School counselor
  • Counseling professional
  • Guidance counselor
  • Counseling leader

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