Master’s in School Counseling Online from the University of Denver

Help Shape Students’ Lives as a P-12 School Counselor

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.

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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.

All practicums and internships must be completed in the United States.

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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.

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.

Building a Career as a School Counselor

Graduates of the SchoolCounseling@Denver program are prepared to serve all P–12 students within elementary, middle and high school settings. Along with individual support, school counselors identify the needs of the student body as a whole, using data and collaborating with administrators to develop effective initiatives. Learn more about career opportunities within school counseling.

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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.

All practicums and internships must be completed in the United States.

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.

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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, June and September and accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Learn more about SchoolCounseling@Denver admission and application requirements.

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:

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.

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 has submitted an application for CACREP accreditation as of fall 2020 and is currently engaged in the necessary process toward receiving a decision from CACREP.