Online Guidance Counseling Degree: Course Curriculum for an Online Degree in Guidance Counseling

Published Oct 05, 2009

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Guidance counseling degree programs prepare individuals to counsel students from kindergarten through 12th grade. A master's degree in guidance counseling is the widely accepted benchmark degree for guidance counselors. Although some degree programs may offer one or two classes online, most are traditional, on-campus degree programs.

Guidance Counseling Master's Degree Course Curriculum

A master's degree program in guidance counseling trains counselors to assess each student's needs and offer appropriate social and educational advice for that child. Students enrolled in a master's degree program in guidance counseling will study human growth and development, counseling ethics, group counseling for children, multicultural counseling and psychology. This graduate program typically lasts two years and requires the completion of a supervised guidance counseling practicum.

Upon graduation, graduates must also pass licensure examinations in order to practice within public schools. As a guidance counselor, one will help students choose classes, career options and possible colleges and universities. Courses in the program include:

  • Abnormal Psychology Students learn about abnormal psychological behaviors and how to treat those behaviors in a school setting.
  • Family Therapy Strategies Guidance counselors learn how to counsel students and their families.
  • School Counseling This course discusses theories and strategies for counseling students within the school setting.
  • Counseling Ethics Counselors learn about the strict code of ethics they are required to follow.
  • Counseling Theories Students discuss various counseling theories and their anticipated outcome.
  • Foundation of School Counseling Future guidance counselors learn how to promote career-driven, decision-making skills and facilitate academic and personal growth.
  • Children and Adolescents Group Counseling Students are exposed to group counseling methods for children and adolescents.
  • School Counseling Practicum Students test their practical guidance counseling skills in a supervised guidance counseling school setting.

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