Promote positive student well-being

Wendy Baty

Mental Health Practices in Schools (EdSp)

As a school counselor, Wendy was looking for a degree that she could immediately apply to her job. The online Mental Health Practices in Schools program allowed Wendy to access rigorous coursework while leading a busy professional life.

Carlos Blanco

Mental Health Practices in Schools (EdSp)

Distance learning from MU let Carlos Blanco earn his degree while working full time. Studying counseling psychology helped him build rapport with his own students and show them how to better appreciate others.

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Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Successful completion of this program requires 31 credit hours.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Click on the red boxes to learn more about a course.

Some courses are offered only in ODD (e.g., 2017) or EVEN (e.g., 2018) years. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Note X = full semester, A = 1st half of semester, B = 2nd half of semester

Required courses (4 credit hours)

ESC_PS 8020 Overview of Research Methods XX
ESC_PS 8490 Mental Health in Schools Capstone Paper
1 credit hour

Foundation courses (strongly recommended)

ESC_PS 7160 Developmental Aspects of Human LearningXXX
ESC_PS 7460 Foundations of School Mental Health
Title change: formerly Exploring Mental Health Issues in Schools


ESC_PS 8087: Empirically Supported Treatments and Interventions for Youth Mental Health   A
ESC_PS 8370 Social Emotional Learning  X
ESC_PS 8425 Effects of Maltreatment on Child and Adolescent DevelopmentX  
ESC_PS 8430 Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders in Youth
Title change: formerly Child and Adolescent Mental Health
ESC_PS 8435 Wellness Management for School Personnel  X
ESC_PS 8440 School Mental Health: Policy, Law and EthicsX  
ESC_PS 8445 Building Resiliency and Optimism in Youth  X 
ESC_PS 8450 Diversity Issues in School Mental Health
Title change: formerly Diversity Issues for School Personnel
ESC_PS 8455 Bully and Youth Violence: Prevention and Reduction  Odd
ESC_PS 8460 Communication and Collaboration with Children and Families A 
ESC_PS 8465 Vital Issues in School Mental Health  Even
ESC_PS 8470 Preventions and Interventions in School Mental Health
Title change: formerly Mental Health Preventions and Interventions for School Personnel
ESC_PS 8475 Proactive Behavior ManagementX  
ESC_PS 8550 Diversity and Multiculturalism II - Practical Application*X  
ESC_PS 8555 African American Education - Historic and Current Issues*X  
ESC_PS 8560 Immigrant Issues in Education* X 
ESC_PS 8565 Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues in the Schools*  X

*You may apply these courses toward a graduate certificate in multicultural education. Students must apply to the Multicultural Ed program and be accepted for the grad cert to be posted on the MU transcript.

Post-baccalaureate enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 12 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.


The program culminates with capstone integrative paper (ESC_PS 8490), in which you will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competencies you have acquired through the course work.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The College of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
    • GRE scores are not required.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Course work begins in
    Fall July 1 August
    Spring Nov. 1 January
    Summer April 1 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • Personal statement (up to 1,000 words) describing your experience in teaching, helping or counseling; your interests and career objectives and how these interests and career objectives have developed; how the program will benefit your career and help you act upon your beliefs, goals and philosophy. Include interests, leadership roles, experience working with diverse groups, or other skills or experiences that distinguish you as a candidate for graduate study.
    • Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
    • Résumé or CV.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Degree/Delivery: Educational Specialist Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Educational School and Counseling Psychology/ Mental Health Practices in Schools/Educational Specialist (EdSp)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

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This program is administered by the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology.