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What Can I Do with a Master’s Degree in Professional School Counseling?
Students who graduate with a master’s in school counseling appreciate the program’s focus on application, allowing them to “hit the ground running” as an advocate and advisor for elementary through high school students upon completion of their 48 credit hours.
The master’s in school counseling program is supported and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Iowa Department of Education. Curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements for Iowa School Counseling licensure and follows the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) model seen in school districts.
Why Study Professional School Counseling at BVU?
Learn Online and In Person
Through online, eight-week terms with a virtual class one night each week, this two-year master’s in school counseling program is designed to be taken alongside your current career. The weekly virtual class each week allows students to engage in rich conversations and interactions. Students in the master’s in school counseling program then further enhance their learning with a four-day in-person residency in Storm Lake once each year.
Discover how you'll make an impact
Learn more about a BVU master's degree from our Program Director for Professional School Counseling. Our dedicated faculty and staff are here to help you succeed.
Apply for our Summer 2023 cohort! The priority application deadline is March 15, 2023. Following the priority deadline, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Meet the Professor
Learn how you can make a difference in schools by promoting growth, enhancing learning, and contributing to student success. Our director of Professional School Counseling will answer all your questions about BVU's program. Register now for an informational session. All sessions are virtual from 6-7:30 p.m.
Face-to-Face Experience and Skill Building
As part of our master’s in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling programs, students take part in a four-day residency at our beautiful campus on the shores of Storm Lake in Iowa. This time of learning is one of the highlights of the program, where you get to know others in your cohort and gain experience working on your skills with your classmates.
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I don’t think I’ll ever lose the passion I have to support people with their needs. Earning my master’s degree in this program seems to be the next logical step.
Courses & Application Requirements
- Courses (48 credit hours)
Coursework (48 credit hours)
- GPSC 519 Professional and Ethical Orientation to Counseling
- GPSC 520 Counseling Children and Adolescents
- GPSC 527 Assessment and Appraisal Techniques in Counseling
- GPSC 528 Research Methods in Counseling
- GPSC 529 Human Development and Learning Through the Lifespan
- GPSC 530 Theories of Counseling
- GPSC 535 Program Evaluation and Consultation in Counseling
- GPSC 536 Advanced Counseling Practices and Crisis Interventions
- GPSC 540 Psychopathology and Psychological Disorders
- GPSC 544 Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
- GPSC 546 Methods and Procedures in Counseling
- GPSC 548 Group Counseling
- GPSC 549 Career Development and Assessment
- GPSC 551 Supervised Practicum I in School Counseling
- GPSC 552 Supervised Practicum II in School Counseling
- GPSC 553 Internship I in School Counseling
- GPSC 554 Internship II in Secondary School Counseling
- GPSC 555 Internship III in Elementary Counseling
- GPSC 598 Capstone Professional Portfolio in School Counseling
- Application Requirements
- Official transcripts
- Two (2) letters of recommendation
- 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.
After we receive all of your application materials, you will be invited to an informal zoom meeting with the program director, after the March 15 priority application date.
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BVU does not require students to take the GRE for admission — saving you time and money.
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