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.

CACREP Accredited

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs

NCATE Accredited
Become a school counselor through George Fox's school counseling graduate program.

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.

Employment Outlook

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.

Licensure

There are three paths available to move you towards an Initial School Counseling License.

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.

Other graduation education programs are offered within the George Fox University School of Education.

Best Routes to Master of Arts in School Counseling

A sample of the current semester schedule can be found under Graduate Counselor Education Program at class.georgefox.edu