Master of Science in Education - Professional School Counseling
Graduate Program | 37 credit hours

  • Ottumwa
  • Storm Lake
  • Want to help students discover their future? Ready to move up the pay scale? Looking for a new challenge? These are just a few of the reasons BVU's current students have entered the Professional School Counseling program. 

    You will find BVU Master of Science in Education graduates making a difference as professional school counselors in elementary, middle and high schools across the Midwest.   Anyone graduating with a baccalaureate degree can become a professional school counselor. 

    You will also find these program features helpful:

    • Empowers you, with its strong focus on application, to “hit the ground running” upon completion of the 37 hour program
    • Equips you with a solid and secure foundation for a career as a professional counselor; supported and accredited by the North Central Association for colleges and the Iowa Department of Education
    • Connects you to mentors, colleagues, and resources to ensure your growth and success as a professional school counselor
    • Hybrid program. Courses are online with the addition of a two-day, face-to-face session to be held the 2nd weekend of each term on the site campus.
    A new cohort begins each January. Submit your application by November 15. 


    Courses

    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. 

    Tuition & Fees

    2014-15 Tuition:
    $479 per credit hour

    Additional Fees

    • Additional costs include textbooks each term and a graduation fee in the final term of enrollment. 

    How to Apply

    Admissions Requirements

    • 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 transcripts from all undergraduate or graduate institutions attended
    • Access to minimum technology requirements
    • Acceptance by the admissions committee into the program

    Note: Applicants for Iowa professional school counseling license are not required to hold a bachelor’s degree in education, nor a teaching license. Non-education majors must complete two undergraduate education courses to obtain the counseling license: Exceptional Learner (or an equivalent course in special education) and classroom management. Each course must be a minimum of two credits each. The additional state requirement for human relations is met through GEDU 544.

    Application Process

    1. Complete the online application form, including auto-biographical statements.

    2. 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 April 15 to be eligible for consideration. Download the letter of recommendation form.

     4. Prepare for and take the BVU analytical writing assessment test, as arranged by the graduate specialist following submission of the application.

    Application Timeline

    Professional School Counseling

    A new cohort begins each January. Applicants are encouraged to submit application materials as early as possible, but no later than the November 15 deadline. The Admissions Committee will review completed applications after the November 15 deadline, and notice regarding the admission decision will be mailed by November 25.

    Financial Aid

    Loans

    Loans are made to students at low interest rates and must be repaid, but generally payments are not due until the student has completed his or her education or ceases at least half-time enrollment.

    Payment

    After all financial assistance is applied to the student account, students will be expected to pay the balance prior to the first class meeting. Students may pay:

    • by mailing a check covering the tuition for the course (be sure to indicate the course number and title) to:
      Business Office 
      Buena Vista University 
      610 W. Fourth St.
      Storm Lake, IA 50588
    • by phoning the Business Office at 800.383.2821, ext. 2041 to make payments by credit card.
    • in person at the Business Office. Cash, checks and the following credit cards are accepted: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.

    Contact Us

    Buena Vista University
    Graduate Studies Office
    610 W. Fourth Street
    Storm Lake, Iowa 50588
    Toll-Free: 800.383.2821, ext. 2162
    Direct: 712.749.2162
    Fax: 712.749.1470
    E-mail: grad@bvu.edu