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
Master's Degree in School Counseling
Become a school counselor
A Master of Arts, or Licensure Preparation Program, in School Counseling from George Fox University will prepare you to become a professional school counselor. As such, you will combine the roles of mental health professional and educator in working with children in public or private schools.
You will know how to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive developmental school counseling program aligned with the American School Counseling Association's National Model. You will facilitate students' personal/social, career, and academic development through classroom guidance and both individual and group counseling. As an educational leader you will advocate for all students' holistic development and to that end consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, and other community members. George Fox programs are rooted in the belief that:
- Students have physiological, psychological, relational, spiritual, and educational needs
- School counselors should be able to articulate the integration of their faith with their identity and practice as professional school counselors
- School counselors need to use appropriate and ethical school counseling and guidance skills when working with students, families, schools, and community systems
- School counselors need to possess skills for working effectively and respectfully with students of different ages, diverse backgrounds, varied developmental stages, and varied cognitive, emotional, and physical abilities
- School counselors must think critically, transform practice, and promote justice.
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: Counseling master's degree available to individuals with 2+ years of documented experience as a licensed Oregon teacher.
Track II: Counseling master's degree available to individuals without 2+ years of licensed teaching experience. Included with Track II is a 6 credit sequence that includes a 200 hour teaching practicum.
Licensure Only: Counseling certificate available to individuals with a master's degree in a mental health profession.
Advantages of the George Fox School Counseling program:
- Courses taught from a systemic perspective
- Opportunities to interact with students who are pursuing other mental health professions
- An environment that encourages the integration of faith and learning
- Prepares grads for a blended professional identity as both educational leaders and mental health professionals
- Full time, accessible, widely trained faculty
- Flexible schedules appropriate for adult populations
- Two-, three-, and four-year program options
- A convenient Portland Center location
- Accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)