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Help Young Students Thrive With a Master’s in School Counseling

From family issues to cyber-bullying, today’s preK–12 students can encounter an array of challenges as they grow and develop. Help them overcome these obstacles and shape successful futures with an MS in School Counseling degree from Walden.

Our CACREP-accredited online master’s in school counseling program focuses on practical application, including virtual simulations and field experience. Graduate from your program feeling confident, inspired, and ready to make a difference for your students and your institution.

A master’s in school counseling program academically prepares students to pursue licensure or certification as a school counselor and provide support to diverse youth in preK–12 settings.

Get Support at Every Step

Throughout your program, receive personalized guidance and support from faculty who are invested in your success.

Build Your Confidence

Our program incorporates cutting-edge technologies and opportunities to help you practice and refine your skills.

Gain a New Perspective

Interact with diverse faculty and students and engage in coursework designed to help you work with students of all backgrounds.

Pursue Your Passion

Choose our General Program or one of four specializations to tailor your coursework to your career goals.

Program Savings

Receive your tech fee waived for your first term and pay no tuition for 9 credits of Practicum and Internship, if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on August 30, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Specializations

General Program

Build a solid foundation in school counseling theories, approaches, and best practices while gaining hands-on classroom experience.

Addiction Counseling

Learn to help students cope with self-addiction and the emotional challenges of watching a loved one struggle with dependence.

Crisis and Trauma

Study human behavior following a crisis, psychological disorders that can stem from trauma, and the fundamentals of emergency planning.

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

Learn how to support the well-being of your students as they cope with complex personal and family challenges.

Military Families and Culture

Gain insights into military culture as well as the unique emotional needs of children of active military personnel and veterans.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Counselor Education Focused on Today’s Field

Walden’s master’s in school counseling program reflects professional standards set by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and accreditation standards set by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This helps ensure you’re well-prepared for today’s preK–12 environment.

In addition, we are one of the few institutions to fully integrate the counseling session simulation software Theravue into our curriculum. This technology empowers you to refine your counseling skills through intensive practice, opportunities for reflection, exploration of alternatives, and faculty assistance.

MS Dual Degree Program

You have the opportunity to switch to our MS Dual Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling program at any point during your studies. This option gives you greater professional flexibility by allowing you to earn two counseling master’s degrees at the same time.

International Counseling Honor Society

Omega Zeta—Walden’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honor society—offers many ways to get involved and make your voice heard. This includes participating in Learning Communities—biweekly groups of students and faculty who gather to talk about counseling topics such as play therapy, private practice, and telemental health. Learning Communities are one more way to practice your skills, develop your professional school counselor identity, and forge lasting connections with like-minded peers.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Tracy Senstock

    Tracy Senstock

    Senior Academic Program Director

    Dr. Senstock has been training counselors and counselor educators since 1988. She has served in program administration since 1990 and has helped achieve CACREP accreditation for many programs. Dr. Senstock is a licensed professional counselor in Colorado and a National Certified Counselor.

  • Ariel Harrison

    Ariel Harrison

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Harrison is a licensed school counselor in Virginia, a certified school counselor in Georgia, and a licensed professional counselor in Georgia. She has worked as a school counselor for almost 12 years in elementary, middle, and high school settings that include private, public, and charter schools.

  • K. Elizabeth McDonald

    Program Director

    Dr. McDonald has worked in a residential setting for juveniles, a county jail, university counseling and psychological services settings, and community agencies. She is a licensed professional counselor in Minnesota, a National Certified Counselor, and a Board-Certified TeleMental Health Provider.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of our online master’s in school counseling program, you will be academically prepared to:

  • Analyze the different roles and settings of a counselor.
  • Apply sound ethical and legal practices in the work of a counselor.
  • Analyze cultural development theories and models.
  • Examine empirically based theories of human development.
  • Evaluate approaches of career development appropriate to diverse needs and life experiences.
  • Examine appropriate evidence-based counseling practices for prevention and intervention.
  • Apply essential counseling skills across multiple settings.
  • Select group facilitation strategies that are culturally and ethically relevant.
  • Analyze assessment procedures to support planning for appropriate counseling interventions.
  • Evaluate research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.

Read our MS in School Counseling Program Outcomes Report and Annual Data Report and on the School of Counseling DATA webpage.

Career Outlook

With rising student enrollment in elementary, middle, and high schools, qualified school counselors are in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 8% employment growth for school and career counselors through 2029—a rate much faster than the national average.1

Earning an MS in School Counseling can prepare you for a rewarding career in a number of scholastic settings. Empower students of all ages to conquer their challenges and develop the social and academic skills they need to thrive.

An MS in School Counseling program can prepare you to work in settings such as:

The BLS projects 

8%

projects 8% employment growth for school and career counselors through 2029.1
  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Charter schools
  • Online K–12 schools

Career positions may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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