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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 Zoom 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 Zoom 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 weeklong in-person residency in Storm Lake once each year.
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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.
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 week-long residency at our beautiful campus on the shores of Storm Lake in Iowa. This week 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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Meeting one evening each week via Zoom makes the program very doable even while working and having a family. I also really like the seven-day residency because we get to know others in our cohort and gain experience working on our skills with our classmates.
Courses & Application Requirements
- Courses (48 credit hours)
Master of Science in Education Core
- GEDU 519 Professional and Ethical Orientation to Counseling
- GEDU 528 Research Methods in Counseling
- GEDU 544 Social and Cultural Foundation
- GEDU 546 Methods and Procedures in Counseling
Students must earn a final grade of B- or better in all core coursework.
Coursework (48 credit hours includes core listed above)
- GEDU 527 Assessment and Appraisal Techniques in Counseling
- GEDU 529 Human Development and Learning
- GEDU 548 Group Counseling
- GEDU 549 Career Development and Assessment
- GEDU 550 Supervised Practicum I in School Counseling
- GEDU 551 Supervised Practicum II in School Counseling
- GEDU 552 Counseling Children and Adolescents
- GEDU 553 Internship I in School Counseling
- GEDU 554 Internship II in Secondary School Counseling
- GEDU 555 Capstone Portfolio in School Counseling
- GEDU 556 Internship II in Elementary Counseling
- GEDU 559 Theories of Counseling
- GEDU 562 Psychopathology and Psychological Disorder
- GEDU 563 Program Evaluation and Consultation in Counseling
- GEDU 570 Advanced Counseling Practices and Crisis Interventions
- 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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