Become a School Counselor
At a Glance:
Master of Arts in School Counseling
|Semester hours||57 (63 for Track II students)|
|Average Completion Time||2 to 4 years (summer start)|
|Cost per credit||$632* (financial aid available)|
|Accreditation||Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE);
Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP);
approved by Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of the state of Oregon
|Location||Portland Center (near Tigard)|
|Application Deadlines||Early October (spring semester); Early February (summer semester); Early May (fall semester)|
*All stated financial information is subject to change.
Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs
Careers in school counseling
Professional school counselors address students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs by developing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. Professional school counselors are employed in K-12 schools and district supervisory positions.
Graduates of the program can expect favorable job prospects, according to US News & World Report, which ranked school counseling No. 9 on its "Best Social Services Jobs" list. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth of nearly 8 percent for this occupation by 2024.
There are three paths available to move you towards an Initial School Counseling License.
- Track I: Master’s Degree in School Counseling available to individuals with two-plus years of documented experience as a licensed Oregon teacher.
- Track II: Master’s Degree in School Counseling available to individuals without two-plus years of licensed teaching experience. Included with Track II is a six-credit sequence that includes a 200-hour teaching practicum.
- Licensure Only: Certificate in School Counseling available to individuals with a master’s degree in a mental health profession.
The master’s degree program is generally two to four years in length with 57 semester hours of course work (63 for Track II students) required as a minimum for graduation. The Initial School Counseling Licensure Preparation Program is generally two years in length with 32 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation. All classes are held at our Portland Center location.
A sample of the current semester schedule can be found under Graduate Counselor Education Program at class.georgefox.edu