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School counseling: online master’s degree

This program focuses on the science-practitioner model of training as well as a comprehensive school guidance and counseling program model. Both emphasize the best in counseling psychology theory, research and practice.

Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: College of Education | Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 60
  • Estimated program cost: $27,807.00*

* This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How an online school counseling master’s degree can help you

There is a rising demand for school counselors in Missouri and beyond. The online master of education with an emphasis in school counseling at Mizzou prepares students to fill this need and practice successfully as multiculturally sensitive counselors in socially and economically diverse work settings. Graduates of this online program will feel equipped to better understand the developmental career and mental health needs of youth in schools — helping shape their students’ lives.

Based on the curriculum founded by “the father of modern school counseling” — Norm Gysbers, PhD — this program focuses on the science-practitioner model of training as well as a comprehensive school guidance and counseling program model. Both emphasize the best in counseling psychology theory, research and practice. Dr. Gysbers, a former University of Missouri faculty member, is recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the foremost scholars of our time in school counseling and career counseling and development.

Career prospects

Graduates of this online school counseling program will be license-eligible as a school counselor in the state of Missouri at both the elementary and secondary levels. Most states honor reciprocity from Missouri’s school counseling certification; check your state’s requirements.

8%
Employment growth
$56,310
Average salary

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, School and Career Counselors

This degree has potential benefits for those currently employed as

  • K-12 professionals:
    • Teachers
    • Mental health specialists
    • Administrators
  • Youth specialists in community organizations

Program structure and topics

The online master of education with an emphasis in school counseling is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. Most courses are offered in 8-week format, allowing students to take one course at a time and complete the program in three years.

Your plan of study will include ESC_PS 8940: Counseling Psychology Practicum (12 credit hours), which requires the supervision of counseling in an approved setting.

If you do not have K-12 teaching certification, you will take 6 credit hours of teacher preparation courses in order to be eligible to obtain the school counseling certification: ESC_PS 2010 and SPC_ED 7300. These courses are included within the 60 credit hours required to complete the program.

Course work covers

  • Introduction to school counseling
  • Counseling children and adolescents
  • Theories and techniques of counseling
  • Foundations of career psychology
  • Counseling methods and practices
  • School counseling practicum

Meet our faculty

Christopher Slaten, PhD

Associate Professor, Program Director

Dr. Slaten researches the issue of academic belonging and how it impacts career and academic outcomes for marginalized youth and college students. This has led to work predominately in alternative high schools, schools with large population of students living in poverty and research on first-generation college students.


Sandy Sites

Online Program Coordinator, Academic Adviser

Ms. Sites holds an EdSp in school counseling and a M Ed in rehabilitation counseling. Her background includes advising students in distance education, providing career counseling and developing the mental health practices in schools program. She is a member of ASCA, MSCA and Mid-MO School Counselor Association.

Ask us about this program

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