Colorado has several public or private schools that offer graduate degree programs in school counseling. Such programs are open only to those who already hold a bachelor's degree. Alternative schedules, such as online, evening, or weekend classes, are offered by some institutions. Additional requirements, such as a final examination, residency, or internship may be needed to qualify for graduation. Read below for an overview of degree programs, tuition information, and program options for six schools.
Adams State University
Adams State College is located in Alamosa. The Master of Arts in School Counseling degree program is CACREP accredited, and graduates of the program fulfill the necessary requirements for licensure with the CDE. Students may complete the 60-credit hour program one of four ways, either on-campus as a full-time or part-time student, or online. Additionally, students may complete the program through regional education centers in Durango, Grand Junction, and Pueblo. Students at regional education centers attend internships within local school districts and complete remaining coursework online. Online Plus Program students are required to attend two one-week, on-campus summer residencies. The school also offers a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision program which requires classroom instruction, clinical experience and a dissertation.
Colorado State University - Fort Collins
Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and the university offers a CACREP accredited master's degree program. Students must attend classes on-campus and may start the program at the beginning of summer or fall semester. Likewise, students typically begin the 600-clock-hour internship during the second semester of the second year. Upon acceptance into the program students must join various professional counseling associations such as the American Counseling Association (ACA). Conversely, students must pass a final written and oral examination before completing the program.
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Based in Colorado Springs, the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs offers a master's degree program that is CACREP accredited. The University of Colorado - Colorado Springs accepts 50 students into the program every year. Students are broken into day and evening cohorts (25 students each), and coursework begins in June. The application deadline is February 28, and students must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 as well as submit three letters of recommendation, relevant work experience, and pass a CBI background check. Students are required to pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) in addition to a departmental examination before graduating.
University of Colorado - Denver
The University of Colorado - Denver is part of Auraria Campus in downtown Denver. Accredited by the CACREP, the university offers a master's degree program, which must be taken on-campus. Students may be eligible to gain membership into the Beta Alpha Omega counseling honor society (minimum 3.5 GPA for two semesters or 12 hours of completed program coursework). Additionally, students may complete practicum and internship requirements through the Counseling Center that is located on-campus.
University of Denver
South Denver's University of Denver requires a 200-hour practicum and operates on a quarter-based academic calendar. The university's master's degree program fulfills CDE academic school counseling licensure requirements. The program typically takes two years to complete and students must complete the Counseling Clinic during two consecutive quarters. Furthermore, students typically take the PLACE Examination for School Counseling and Guidance Specialty Assessment shortly before or after graduation.
University of Northern Colorado
The University of Northern Colorado offers a master's degree program at the main campus in Greeley, as well as at the Colorado Springs Center and the Denver Center at Lowry. The fall admission application deadline is December 1. Students must achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60-credit hours of undergraduate coursework, submit a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation to the admissions office with a complete admission application. Students with GPAs lower than 3.0 must submit GRE test scores. University of Northern Colorado is accredited by the CACREP.
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) requires that individuals applying for licensure as a school guidance counselor complete a master's degree program in school counseling from an institution accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Various schools within the state of Colorado offer a master's degree program in school counseling that prepares students with the necessary credentials for licensure with the CDE. In addition to completing required core curriculum, students will need to complete a 100-clock-hour tutorial work experience practicum, log at least 600-clock-hours in an internship, and pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) criminal background check. Furthermore, students must pass the PLACE Examination for School Counseling and Guidance Specialty Assessment.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||School Counseling Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Adams State University||4-year, public; town|| Master of Arts in School Counseling
PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision
| $7,311 (in-state);
|Colorado State University - Fort Collins||4-year, public; mid-size city||Master of Education in Education and Human Resource Studies (Counseling and Career Development)|| $12,495 (in-state);
|University of Colorado - Colorado Springs||4-year, public; large city||Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Services (School Counseling)|| $13,206 (in-state);
|University of Colorado - Denver||4-year, public; large city||Master of Arts in Counseling (School Counseling)|| $8,017 (in-state);
|University of Denver||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (School Counseling)||$49,695*|
|University of Northern Colorado||4-year; public; small city||Master of Arts in School Counseling|| $12,444 (in-state);
Source: *NCES College Navigator.