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||$650* (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, also known as guidance counselors, address students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs by developing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. 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.
School Counselor Professional Identity
In this faculty lecture titled “Superheroes, School Counselors, Professional Identity, & Getting the Job Done,” Lorraine DeKruyf, PhD, explores what happens when training and professional identity are at odds with job assignments – for superheroes and for school counselors – and offers suggestions as to what might be done. Learn more about Dr. DeKruyf by visiting her faculty bio online here.
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