How to Become a School Counselor
USC Rossier School of Education
Master of Education in School Counseling
The University of Southern California Rossier School of Education offers a Master of Education in School Counseling online for aspiring K-12 school counselors. The program can be completed in less than two years and there is no GRE requirement.
- No GRE required
- Prepares you for school counseling credential
- Bachelor’s degree required
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance
Learn more about NYU Steinhardt’s online MA degree that prepares you to become a school counselor in as few as 18 months. Graduates can pursue certification and employment in pre-K–12 schools. Bachelor’s req.
- Complete in as few as 18 months.
- Pursue school counselor certification.
- Study bilingual school counseling (optional).
- GRE scores are not required.
Morgridge College of Education Online
Master of Arts in School Counseling
With no GRE required, earn your Master’s in School Counseling online in as few as 24 months from the University of Denver. Gain valuable skills through a curriculum centered on social justice and designed to adhere to the standards set by CACREP.
- No GRE required
- Live, online classes
- Complete in as few as 24 months
Steps to Becoming a School Counselor
School counselors require a master’s degree from an accredited institution (usually in a field relevant to school counseling) along with state certification to start practicing. The following are the 4 steps that are necessary to become a practicing school counselor. Keep in mind that education and certification requirements are different for each state.
- Earn your Bachelors Degree
The first step towards becoming a school counselor involves obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Although it doesn’t necessarily have to be in a field directly related to counseling, the coursework and topics covered in education and counseling majors will help set you up for success as you continue down the path to become a school counselor.
- Earn Your Master’s Degree in School Counseling
After obtaining a bachelors, it is usually imperative for aspiring school counselors to gain a masters, as most states require that they do so. School counseling masters programs typically teach practical skills such as facilitating student development, conducting individual and group counseling, and working with parents. Masters in school counseling programs want to best prepare their students to start their career on the right foot.
- Obtain Clinical Training Hours for Certification Requirements
While completing your masters program in school counseling, it will be required of you to complete supervised internship hours in a school setting, typically under a certified school counselor.
- Pass School Counselor Exams and Gain Certifications Required by your State
As school counselor examinations are mostly state-specific, please consult The American School Counselor Association’s list of state certification requirements.