Online Guidance Counseling Schools: List of Schools with Online Guidance Counseling Degree Programs

Published Sep 09, 2009

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A graduate certificate leads to a paraprofessional position, while a licensed counselor must have a master's degree. Licensed counselors can enroll in a professional certificate program or complete a Ph.D. program to pursue an advanced career. Several schools offer online Guidance Counseling degree programs, such as Oregon State, the University of Massachusetts and the University of Tennessee.

Online Graduate Certificate Program in Counseling

A few programs offer post-master's or graduate certificates in school counseling or counseling education. Post-master's certificate programs are for licensed counselors. Graduate certificate programs prepare students for entry-level careers as counseling paraprofessionals assisting licensed counselors. Coursework includes cross-cultural counseling, career counseling and counseling theory.

Online Master's Degree in Counseling

A Master of Arts in Counseling online program teaches students how to encourage the academic, personal, social and career development of adolescents and children. Similar programs include a M.Ed. in School Counseling or an M.S. in Education Counseling. The curriculum includes courses in child and adolescent counseling, group counseling, abnormal psychology, counseling theory, multicultural counseling, family therapy and ethics. Some programs require a practicum or internship. Schools that offer online master's programs in counseling sometimes require occasional campus visits.

Online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counseling

The Ph.D. program in Counseling is designed for those students who already have master's degrees in counseling or a related field. Coursework includes advanced classes in theory, practice, career counseling, group counseling, social justice, diversity, consultation and counselor education. The Ph.D. program prepares students for counselor supervision and education or advanced practice. Some online doctoral programs require occasional in-class attendance.

Public and Private Non-Profit Schools with Online Guidance Counseling Degree Programs

School NameInstitution TypeEnrollmentMailing AddressPhone Number
University of Massachusetts4-year Public14,117100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125(617) 287-5000
University of North Carolina4-year Public19,9761000 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27402(336) 334-5000
North Carolina State University4-year Public32,8722101 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27695(919) 515-2011
Oregon State University4-year Public20,305Corvallis, OR 97331(541) 737-0123
Adler School of Professional PsychologyPrivate Non-Profit63965 East Wacker Place, Chicago, IL 60601(312) 201-5900
University of Tennessee4-year Public7,574University Street, Martin, TN 38238(731) 881-7000
University of North Dakota4-year Public12,748University Station, Grand Forks, ND 58202(800) 225-5863

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  • Colorado Christian University

    Colorado Christian University responds quickly to information requests through this site.

    Suggested programs:
    • Curriculum and Instruction, M.A. - Emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse
    • Counseling, M.A.
    • Counseling, M.A. Online
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  • Grand Canyon University

    Grand Canyon University responds quickly to information requests through this site.

    Suggested programs:
    • M.Ed. in School Counseling (ITL)
    • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Life Coaching
    • M.Ed. in Educational Administration
    • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
    • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
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  • Liberty University

    Liberty University responds quickly to information requests through this site.

    Suggested programs:
    • MED: School Counseling: Teacher Licensure
    • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
    • MA: Human Services Counseling: Life Coaching
    • EDD: Educational Leadership
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  • Purdue University Global

    Purdue University Global responds quickly to information requests through this site.

    Suggested programs:
    • MS in Educational Psychology
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  • Saint Leo University

    Saint Leo University responds quickly to information requests through this site.

    Suggested programs:
    • MEd: Exceptional Student Education
    • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership
    • MEd: Educational Leadership
    • MEd: Instructional Leadership
    • MEd: Instructional Leadership & Reading
  • Regent University

    Regent University responds quickly to information requests through this site.

    Suggested programs:
    • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
    • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Grief Counseling
    • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services Counseling
    • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services/Student Affairs
    • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - International
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