Master of Science in Education - Professional School Counseling

Master's Degree Program - 37 Credit Hours

2018 application deadline: Nov. 15. Start Date: Jan. 7.


Want to move up the pay scale and help students discover their future? These are just two of the reasons students have entered BVU’s professional school counseling program. Graduates can be found making a difference as professional school counselors in elementary, middle, and high schools across the Midwest.

Program Description:

Students find this program’s features helpful, as they empower students to focus on application, and enable them to “hit the ground running” on completion of their 37 credit hours. Students are connected to mentors, colleagues, and resources to ensure growth and success within the field. This hybrid program features online courses with the addition of two-day face-to-face cohort sessions held one time each term in Storm Lake and Ottumwa. The program is supported and accredited by the North Central Association for colleges and the Iowa Department of Education.

  • Ottumwa
  • Storm Lake

Professional School Counseling Year One

  • Term 3 (January) - GEDU 519 Professional and Ethical Orientation to Counseling
  • Term 4 (March) - GEDU 528 Action Research, Data Analysis, and Information Resources
  • Term 5 (May) - GEDU 546 Methods and Procedures in Counseling
  • Term 6 (June) - GEDU 544 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  • Term 1 (August) - GEDU 543 Administration of Comprehensive School Counseling Programs in the Schools
  • Term 2 (October) - GEDU 529 Human Development and Learning Through the Lifespan

Professional School Counseling Year Two

  • Term 3 (January) - GEDU 549 Career Development and Assessment
  • Term 4 (March) - GEDU 527 Developmental Assessment & School Counseling Core Curriculum
  • Term 5 (May) - GEDU 548 Group Counseling
  • Term 6 (June) - GEDU 538 Consultation, Leadership & Advocacy Roles in School Counseling
  • Term 1 (August) - GEDU 551 Supervised Pre-Practicum in Professional School Counseling
  • Term 2 (October) - GEDU 555 Capstone Professional Portfolio
  • Term 3 (January) - GEDU 547 and/or GEDU 550 Practicum in Elementary Professional School Counseling and/or Practicum in Secondary Professional School Counseling
*Additional Practicum for those seeking K-12 licensure are offered on an arranged basis. 
Admissions criteria for the Master of Science in Education - Professional School Counseling program
  • Bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree
  • A minimum undergraduate college grade point average (GPA ) of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • The BVU analytic writing assessment (administered by BVU staff)
  • Three letters of recommendation from specified sources
  • Official paper transcripts, from any institution attended as well as any graduate transcripts, sent directly to:

    Graduate Programs
    Buena Vista University
    610 W. 4th Street
    Storm Lake, IA 50588
  • Access to minimum technology requirements
  • Acceptance by the admissions committee into the program
Admissions process for the Master of Science in Education - Professional School Counseling program
  1. Complete the online application form, including auto-biographical statements.
      Answer three autobiographical questions:
    • Describe significant personal experiences that influenced you to pursue the counseling profession.
    • Describe significant professional experiences that influenced you to pursue the counseling profession.
    • Discuss how you would make a contribution as a professional school counselor to the counseling profession, both within a local school district and the profession at large or as a mental health counselor to the counseling profession both within the local community and the profession at large.
  2. Obtain 3 letters with supportive endorsement or recommendation from:
    • Three letters of recommendation from supervisors, colleagues or former university instructors are required to complete your application package. Please print this form and submit to the Graduate Program Office after completion. Letters of recommendation are due prior to the application deadline to be eligible for consideration. Download the letter of recommendation form.
  3. Prepare for and take the BVU analytical writing assessment test, as arranged by the graduate specialist following submission of the application.

Tuition & Fees

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The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Federal Teach Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Students must meet all eligibility requirements.

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Technology Requirements for Online Courses

BVU’s graduate program uses computer technology to deliver course information over the internet through e-mail and web sites. Student access, whether at home or school, is essential to graduate study at Buena Vista University.

Recommended Computer Hardware & Software Requirements:

  • A PC or Macintosh with Core 2 Duo or higher processor
  • 2GB RAM or more
  • Windows 7 or Macintosh Lion Operating Systems
  • Internet Explorer 7 or Firefox 9
  • Access to Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 (Work, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • High-Speed/Broadband internet connection
  • Some courses may require a webcam and microphone

Students who do not have recent versions of Microsoft Office may purchase the software at significant savings through an agreement between BVU and Microsoft. A student ID is required. For more information, follow the “Student Resources” link at


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