School Counseling Courses in MI with Degree Overviews

Jul 25, 2019

Essential Information

The State of Michigan offers a number of schools that offer school counseling programs. Such programs most commonly lead to master's degrees, although a few doctoral degrees are also available. In addition to curriculum, practicum and/or internships are often required of graduate students.

Below are brief summaries of the schools with degree programs that meet Michigan's requirements for counselors.

Andrews University

Andrews University in Berrien Springs offers a master's degree in school counseling through the Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling. The 60-credit program prepares graduates to work in elementary and secondary schools and can be completed in two years. It includes courses in psychological testing, research methods, ethics for counselors and statistical methods. Students examine behavioral problems in children, look at issues in school counseling and learn about addiction. A practicum and internship are required.

Central Michigan University

At Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, individuals who hold teacher certification can earn a master's degree in school counseling that will qualify them to work with kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) students. This 48-credit hour program includes courses in standardized testing, theories of counseling, counseling techniques and ethics as well as a practicum in counseling. Students can get additional practical experience by working with clients at the Human Development Center, a counseling center the department operates.

Eastern Michigan University

Located in Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan University offers a master's degree program that qualifies graduates for certification as a school counselor at all grade levels. Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree; students who do not hold a Michigan teaching certificate must have experience working with children or teens and have taken courses in human development and education. The 50-58-credit hour degree program includes courses in research, crisis intervention, counseling theory and ethical issues. An internship of 600 clock hours is required.

Grand Valley State University

Courses in the master's in school counseling program at Grand Valley State University are offered in two locations in downtown Grand Rapids. Designed for working educators, the program has classes in the summers, evenings and weekends. Students with teaching certificates need 36 credits to complete the program; non-teachers must earn nine additional credits through prerequisite courses in classroom management, school learning and child development. All students take courses in educational testing, career guidance, academic counseling and personal development. An internship is required as is a master's project or a thesis.

Oakland University

Oakland University in Rochester Hills offers a master's degree and a doctorate in school counseling. The 50-credit hour master's program requires two years of full-time study, but can be completed on a part-time basis. In addition to courses such as assessment methods and counseling theory, students must complete a practicum and a 600-hour internship. Students who are not certified teachers must also complete the Advanced Specialization in School Counseling, a 12-credit program also open to individuals with master's degrees in counseling.

The doctoral program requires that students have a master's in counseling or a related field. It calls for at least 64 credits beyond the master's degree. School counseling is one of the cognate areas available, and the program includes core courses as well as courses in school counseling and an internship. A dissertation is required.

University of Detroit Mercy

At its Detroit campus, the University of Detroit Mercy offers a master's degree program and licensure as a school counselor. Teachers can earn a counselor endorsement, and non-teachers can earn a school counselor license. The 48-credit hour program for teachers requires two to three years to complete. Non-teachers must take additional education courses, bringing the total credit hours up to 57. Both programs require courses in counseling theory and methods as well as an internship. The University of Detroit Mercy also offers an endorsement-only certificate program to certified teachers who hold a master's degree in education.

Wayne State University

Wayne State University in Detroit has master's and doctoral degree programs in counseling with specializations in school counseling. It also offers an Education Specialist Certificate for school counselors. The master's degree program calls for 58 credit hours. Students can choose to specialize in school counseling with courses on group counseling, addiction and research skills. A practicum and an internship are required as well as a master's project or essay. The master's program also allows students to jointly specialize in school counseling and community counseling.

Wayne State's Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Counseling prepares graduates to work as administrators or consultants with K-12 guidance programs. The program calls for at least 100 total credit hours in advanced coursework, two semesters of practicums and at least two doctoral-level supervised internships of 600 clock hours each. Courses include advanced consultation theory and methods. Seminars in supervision, education psychology, research and curriculum are offered.

Western Michigan University

In addition to its main campus in Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University offers courses in the school counseling master's degree program at its Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Battle Creek campuses. The program has three 48-credit hour tracks for certified teachers: grades K-12, grades K-8 and grades 6-12 as well as a K-12 program for students who are not certified as teachers. Non-teachers must take additional courses, bringing their total credit hours to 59. All students take courses in counseling methods and theory and complete a 600-clock hour practicum.

Western Michigan also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education to students who complete a 48-credit hour master's degree program. Doctoral students take 30 hours of core courses, which include college-level teaching and counseling practicums as well as 27 hours of courses in scientific inquiry, including a dissertation. They can choose to specialize in school counseling and complete 12 credit hours in that specialization.

Career Requirements

The Michigan Department of Education requires that a school counselor earn a master's or higher degree through an approved program for school counselors. They must hold a teaching certificate and pass the department's examination for guidance counselors. Every five years, counselors must meet continuing education requirements in order to renew their licenses.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting School Counseling Degrees Offered Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)
Andrews University Four-year; private not-for-profit; town Master of Arts in School Counseling $27,324*
Central Michigan University Four-year; public; town Master of Arts in School Counseling $13,804 in-state; $19,414 out-of-state*
Eastern Michigan University Four-year; public; large suburb Master of Arts in School Counseling $18,100 in-state; $32,140 out-of-state*
Grand Valley State University Four-year; public; large suburb Master of Education in School Counseling $16,693*
Oakland University Four-year; public; large suburb Master of School Counseling
Doctorate in Education, Counseling major
$17,712 in-state; $24,648 out-of-state*
University of Detroit Mercy Four-year; private not-for-profit; large city Master of Arts in School Counseling $28,422*
Wayne State University Four-year; public; large city Master of Arts in Counseling, Specialization in School Counseling,
Doctor of Education in Counseling
$17,661 in-state; $36,061 out-of-state*
Western Michigan University Four-year; public; small city Master of Arts in Counselor Education - School Counseling,
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education
$16,561 in-state; $30,492 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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