School Counseling Degree Programs in Columbus, OH

Ohio State University, less than five miles from downtown Columbus, is the only school in the city that offers school counseling degrees. Learn about these programs, and get admission info and program requirements for this school to make an informed education decision.

Columbus Schools with Counseling Degree Programs

The main campus of Ohio State University, about three miles from downtown Columbus, offers a master's program and a doctoral degree program with a focus on school counseling. The university also has an Education Specialist and Doctor of Education program in school psychology. This article looks at the school, which is a 12-minute drive from the city center, and these degree programs. There is also a table of information about the university, which includes tuition, enrollment and the campus setting.

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School Information

This table presents facts about Ohio State University that prospective students should consider as they decide on their training.

Ohio State University - Main Campus
School Type 4-year, public*
Total Enrollment (2017) 59,837*
Campus Setting Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $12,425 for in-state and $33,897 for out-of-state graduate students*
Percent of First-Year Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 80%*
Undergraduate Acceptance Rate (2017) 48%*
Undergraduate Retention Rate (2016-2017) 94% of full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students who began studies in Fall 2011) 83%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Ohio State University - Main Campus

Ohio State University's school counseling programs are offered through its College of Education and Human Ecology. The university's school psychology programs are offered through its Department of Educational Studies.

Master of Arts in Counselor Education

Students in this 2-year program can choose from two areas of specialization: school counseling or clinical mental health counseling. Classes are offered in the evening to allow students to work while earning their degree. Courses in the school counseling specialization cover topics addressing exceptional children, issues in school counseling and school counseling methods. Students in the program also complete supervised experiences in the form of an internship and a practicum.

Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education

This 55-credit-hour doctoral program focuses on practice and research, leadership in human services and counseling theories. Classes cover topics like leadership in counseling education and critical pedagogy issues in counselor education. An internship and several supervised practice experiences are also included in the curriculum. Additionally, students write a dissertation prior to graduation.

Education Specialist in School Psychology

This program primarily trains students to provide psychological services in schools. It is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Ohio Department of Education. Students in the program complete a minimum of 70 credit hours of study in topics like cultural diversity, mental health issues in schools, counseling in schools and social emotional assessments. Students also complete field experiences and a practicum.

Doctor of Philosophy in School Psychology

This program mainly seeks to prepare school psychologists to perform research or teach other aspiring school psychologists. It requires 117.5 program hours of study for post-bachelor's students and 87.5 for post-master's students. Classes in the program cover subjects like the role and function of school psychologists, counseling theories, child development, urban issues in education and the legal aspects of special education. Students also complete a field experience, internship and dissertation during their studies.


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