Earn Your Master’s Degree Online in
School Counseling From the University of Denver

Master’s in School Counseling Online Program Highlights


University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education offers an online Master of Arts in School Counseling program. Designed to adhere to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards,1 this program prepares future school counselors to advocate for children and adolescents in private, public and charter P-12 school settings through a comprehensive and data-driven practice.

The online school counseling program is rooted in skill development and self-reflection, helping school counselors become more aware of their own experiences, strengths and opportunities for growth, so they can better serve students in their schools and communities.

Complete Your Degree in as Few as 24 Months

Designed to adhere to CACREP Standards*

Optional On-Campus Immersion Experience

No GRE or Work Experience Required

Online Master’s in School Counseling Curriculum


The SchoolCounseling@Denver curriculum shapes social-justice-focused school counselors who can use their thorough understanding of educational systems and complex counseling concepts to directly serve and advocate for children and adolescents in P-12 schools. This online school counseling degree will help you develop a strong school counseling identity and teach you how to successfully address the academic, career and social/emotional needs of diverse students. You will also learn how to use data to identify schoolwide trends and develop appropriate programs to help the student population thrive as a whole.

Course of Study

18 Courses | Minimum 24 Months to Complete | 700 Hours of Direct and Indirect Counseling Practice

The curriculum consists of 18 courses, totaling 72 quarter credit hours, and can be completed in as few as 24 months on a full-time basis. As a student, you will learn directly from school counseling and mental health professionals while building a personal counselor identity through journaling, field training, mock counseling sessions and an overall focus on self-reflection.

Along with mock counseling sessions built directly into courses, this program includes direct and indirect school counseling experience. As a student, you will complete a 100-hour practicum experience and two 300-hour internship experiences at a P-12 school near your community.

View the full list of courses and course descriptions.

What You'll Learn

Throughout your time as a student in the SchoolCounseling@Denver program from Morgridge College, you will learn how to provide effective school counseling services to students in a variety of educational environments. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to:

Be an agent of change and a leader in your community, applying your knowledge of local and national school counseling systems to your counseling practice.
Use your critical thinking skills to actively engage in changes within the school counseling community.
Act as a proactive and effective advocate for students in your school.
Work with children and adolescents to meet their academic, career and social/emotional needs.
Acknowledge differences in identity while working toward bridging the gap between access and opportunity.
Use data to identify the unique needs of your school community, creating programs to address social and academic issues schoolwide.
  • Be an agent of change and a leader in your community, applying your knowledge of local and national school counseling systems to your counseling practice.
  • Use your critical thinking skills to actively engage in changes within the school counseling community.
  • Act as a proactive and effective advocate for students in your school.
  • Work with children and adolescents to meet their academic, career and social/emotional needs.
  • Acknowledge differences in identity while working toward bridging the gap between access and opportunity.
  • Use data to identify the unique needs of your school community, creating programs to address social and academic issues schoolwide.
This program focuses on creating self-reflective counselors. By learning more about themselves and recognizing the impact of their own experiences, strengths and opportunities for growth, our graduates are better able to serve the children and adolescents in their schools and communities.

Earn Your School Counseling Degree Online

SchoolCounseling@Denver was built with the online student in mind. As a student in this online master’s program, you will benefit from:

The Online Campus

Our online campus gives you access to coursework, resources, classmates and support 24/7 from any desktop or mobile device.

Live Class Technology

Live weekly classes are hosted via HD streaming video, which brings you face-to-face with faculty and peers in small collaborative groups.

Teachers With Industry Experience

You’ll learn from doctoral-level faculty, the majority of whom have professional experience in school counseling.

Mock Counseling Sessions

To help prepare you for field work, you’ll have the opportunity to partner with classmates to complete mock counseling sessions and give and receive feedback.

Real-World Experience

You’ll complete a 100-hour practicum experience and a 600-hour internship experience at a school in or near your community.

In-Person Networking

Visit our Denver campus in the heart of the Rocky Mountains for an optional immersion experience centered on making connections with classmates and faculty mentors while practicing self-reflection.

Admission Overview


At Morgridge College of Education, we seek curious and driven individuals who want to make an impact in their communities through effective and empathetic school counseling services. We offer start dates four times per year in January, March/April, June and September and accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Learn more about SchoolCounseling@Denver admission and application requirements.

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Graduates of our school counseling master’s program will be prepared to serve and advocate for P-12 students from diverse backgrounds. This includes collaborating with parents and guardians, teachers, administrators and other mental health professionals and working together to create safe educational environments for students through the creation of data-driven and comprehensive school counseling programs.

As a school counselor, you will be a key resource for students, helping address their academic, career and social/emotional needs. On a daily basis, you may also:

As a school counselor, you will be a key resource for students, helping address their academic, career and social/emotional needs. On a daily basis, you may also:

  • Provide individual or group support to students.
  • Help develop academic curriculum.
  • Create programs designed to meet the needs of the school population as a whole.
  • Identify and refer outside resources for additional support.

Provide individual or group support to students.

Develop school counseling curriculum.

Create programs designed to meet the needs of the school population as a whole.

Identify and refer outside resources for additional support.

Building a Career as a School Counselor

Graduates of the University of Denver’s Master of Arts in School Counseling program are prepared to serve all P-12 students within elementary, middle or high school settings. Along with individual support, school counselors use academic, attendance and behavioral data to create a comprehensive school counseling program. They identify the needs of the student body as a whole, using data and collaborating with administrators to develop impactful, population-wide initiatives.

Elementary School Counseling

Help students gain the necessary skills they need to build a strong social and academic foundation. As an elementary school counselor, you’ll work with parents, guardians and other educational professionals to highlight each individual student’s strengths, identify areas for improvement, and address any special needs or behavioral issues. You will also help design curricula that address both the developmental and academic needs of your students.

Middle School Counseling

Help students as they enter young adulthood, acting as a key resource during a crucial period of personal change and development. As a middle school counselor, you will help students develop necessary academic and social skill sets during a time in their lives that is both exciting and challenging. These students are just beginning to develop their own personal identities, and they need the support of empathetic and resourceful counselors who can help navigate their changing needs.

High School Counseling

Help students continue to develop and prepare for their futures. As a high school counselor, you will be a vital resource for students as they mature and adjust to large life changes, including preparing for college or the job market. Provide information and support for students while they consider and apply to colleges, training programs, internships and apprenticeships, including resume writing, interview practice and help with financial aid and scholarship processes.

Job Outlook for School Counseling Graduates

School counselors are responsible for helping students with their academic, personal and emotional/social needs. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, rising student enrollment across elementary, middle and high schools is expected to lead to an increased need for educated, experienced school counselors. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports:

13%

projected employment increase
for school and career counselors
between 2016 and 20262

$55,410

2017 median pay for school
counselors3

1* The 72-credit Master of Arts in School Counseling program from the Morgridge College of Education is designed to adhere to the standards set by CACREP. Only CACREP has the authority to determine which programs do and do not meet their standards. The program intends to submit an application for CACREP accreditation in fall 2020.

2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: School and Career Counselors External link

3 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: School and Career Counselors External link