If potential students are interested in becoming a school counselor, the state of Minnesota has four colleges that specialize in the field. No diploma programs are available; programs in school counseling lead to the award of a master's degree or graduate certificate and, as such, will require applicants to hold an undergraduate degree prior to program admission. Graduate degree programs in counseling will often require the completion of a thesis, research projects, and, often, practicum such as an internship.
The following are more detailed profiles of the schools in Minnesota to offer degree programs related to school counseling.
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Located in Moorhead, Minnesota State University had a student population of 7,244 and student-faculty ratio of 18:1 in 2011-2012. The Master of Science in Counseling and Student Affairs program requires 33 required core credits along with 15-18 credits with an emphasis in College Counseling, Student Affairs, or School Counseling. Courses such as Introduction to Counseling Research, Foundations of Counseling, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Student Affairs in Higher Education, and Organization/Administration of Guidance Services are a part of the curriculum.
Minnesota State University - Mankato
Founded in 1868, Minnesota State University - Mankato is located about 85 miles away from Minneapolis in Mankato. It serves more than 14,500 students per year who can select from 140 undergraduate and 80 graduate programs. The school counseling program is housed in the College of Education. The Master of Science in Professional School Counseling program trains students in the detection of mental health problems and techniques for resolving problems in educational settings. Students also delve into counseling strategies for children and adolescents, crisis intervention, group counseling approaches and assessment techniques. Participants conduct research projects, obtain an internship and write a thesis.
St. Cloud State University
Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State University is located in St. Cloud, about an hour's drive from Minneapolis. More than 200 academic programs, including 60 graduate degree programs, are available. The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - School Counseling Program allows learners in the degree program to explore psychological and educational services provided in school systems. Students learn skills for enhancing personal development and building a professional identity. Classes cover research methods, multicultural counseling and counseling theories; a clinical practicum is also required. Students may choose to follow a track that culminates in a comprehensive examination or thesis. Enrollees without a teaching license must take additional courses. The School Counseling Certificate program provides individuals with a master's degree in a mental health-related field with school counseling courses necessary for licensure in the field. Learners complete coursework in areas where they are lacking, such as in multicultural counseling and developmental guidance.
Winona State University
Winona is home to Winona State University. Founded in 1858, it is has been a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System longer than any other institution. The Counselor Education Department has a Master of Science Degree Program that students interested in counseling can participate in. Community Counseling, School Counseling, and Addictions Counseling are the concentrations in the program. The School Counseling emphasis gets students ready to become PK-12 school counselors. The program is 48 hours and shows students how to create a counseling program via the American School Counselor Association. Foundations of Counseling, Ethical Practice and Social Action, Counseling Theory and Practice, and Microskills are just some of the courses students will take.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||School Counseling Degrees and Certificates Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Minnesota State University Moorhead||4-year, Public, midsize suburb||Master of Science in Counseling and Student Affairs|| Undergraduate: $8,496 (in-state)
$15,906 (out-of-state), Graduate: $11,064*
|Minnesota State University-Mankato||4-year, Public, remote town||Master of Science in Professional School Counseling|| Undergraduate: $8,184 (in-state)
$16,235 (out-of-state), Graduate: $8,156*
|St. Cloud State University||4-year, Public, small city||Master of Science in Counseling Psychology - School Counseling, School Counseling Certificate||Undergraduate: $8,265 (in-state)
$16,499 (out-of-state), Graduate: $9,040 (in-state)
|Winona State University||4-year, Public, distant town||Master of Science and Student Affairs|| Undergraduate: $9,425 (in-state)
$15,348 (out-of-state), Graduate: $7,998 (in-state)
Source: *NCES College Navigator.