Although Utah doesn't have any schools that offer school counseling diploma programs, students can find a few master's programs in the field that allow for specializations or concentrations in school counseling. Master's degrees, unlike diploma programs, require a baccalaureate degree for admission, preferably in a complementary field. Practicum requirements and an internship are included in both programs.
University of Utah
The University of Utah in Salt Lake City offers a 48-credit-hour master's degree program with a concentration in school counseling. Students are trained in the basics of counseling, personal and professional development for K-12 students, and school administration. Courses include lifespan development for children and adolescents, psychology of women, child psychopathology, substance abuse counseling, and interventions. Prospective counselors must complete a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship in order to graduate, which meets the licensing requirements for Utah counselors. The program culminates in the PRAXIS School Counseling and Guidance Test, which is required for state licensure.
Utah State University
Logan's Utah State University has a part-time master's degree program that focuses on school counseling. Students either take courses at the campus or participate in the school's video conferencing program, which broadcasts live classes to 10 sites throughout the state. Classes are held once a week and include group counseling, diversity treatment, career development, psychometrics and professional issues in school counseling. The program also requires 200 hours of practicum experience and 600 hours in a supervised internship.
Aspiring school counselors in Utah must complete a master's degree program in counseling that includes 600 hours of practical experience. However, the practical experience requirement is lowered to 400 hours for candidates who have served as licensed teachers for at least two years.
Both schools listed above offer programs that are approved by the Utah State Office of Education and can be completed in two years. Read the comparative table below for more information about school setting and tuition costs.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||School Counseling Programs Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|University of Utah||Four-year; public; midsize city||Master of Education in Educational Psychology with a specialization in school counseling||$8,151 in-state; $25,828 out-of-state*|
|Utah State University||Four-year; public; small city||Master of Education in Psychology with a concentration in school counseling||$6,790 in-state; $21,219 out-of-state*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.