Masters in School Counseling: Course Curriculum for a Master's Degree in School Counseling

Published Aug 25, 2009

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A master's degree is the minimum requirement for a career in School Counseling. Degree programs provide the foundational skills needed to perform as a counselor at the elementary, middle or secondary school level. This article provides an overview of the course curriculum for a master's degree in School Counseling.

Course Curriculum for a Master's Degree in School Counseling

Master's degree programs in School Counseling cover the theories and practices used in this profession. Students are prepared to develop and implement school guidance programs at elementary, middle and secondary schools in a public or private setting. Many programs include an internship, practicum or the opportunity to observe practicing school counselors. Course curricula usually cover:

  • Theories and Applications of Counseling: Major theories and counseling models are examined. Students discuss application of these theories.
  • Group Counseling Practices: Students study the theory and application of group counseling techniques.
  • Counseling Ethics: Ethical codes and legal issues that guide counseling practices are discussed.
  • Research in Counseling: Students learn to read and interpret quantitative and qualitative research and develop evaluation skills.
  • Counseling Programs: Students learn to develop and implement counseling programs in the school setting.
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents: Skills, theories, research methods, models and critical issues of school counseling are discussed and applied to youth.

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