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Online MA in Counseling: School Counseling Specialization

Help guide young people to healthier, happier lives.

A dedicated school counselor can make a huge difference in a young student’s life, helping them find and maintain a lifelong path toward fulfillment and personal success.

With the School Counseling specialization of the MA in Counseling, you’ll prepare to help students overcome challenges and meet their potential.

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  • Duration 2.5 years
  • Cost per Credit $925
  • Credit Hours 48

Program Benefits

Prepare for School Counselor Certification with the No. 19 Best College offering a Master’s in School Counseling according to SR Education Group’s 2019 Best Online Colleges Guide

Be a Leader in Service to Your School Community

As a school counselor, you’ll be an integral part of a school’s faculty, influencing curriculum and student experience and serving as a mentor. You’ll also work with agencies and school leaders to coordinate essential programs and services.

The School Counseling specialization prepares you with not only a strong foundation of knowledge and theory but also hands-on experience and skills gained through internships under the mentorship of seasoned industry experts. You’ll complete this flexible online specialization ready to complete the TEXES (Texas Examinations for Educator Standards) examination and earn School Counselor Certification in Texas and many other states.*

In 2019, Our Lady of the Lake University was named the No. 19 Best College offering a Master’s in School Counseling in SR Education Group’s 2019 Best Online Colleges Guide.

Career Outlook: Rising Demand for Skilled Counselors

School counselors serving in elementary and secondary schools earn a median salary of $63,280 and can expect strong job growth of 8 percent between 2018 and 2028.1 Your skills in career development and family counseling will also prepare you for roles such as college counselor, career counselor, junior college instructor or religious counselor.

This program supports your preparation for the School Counselor Certification in Texas and other states.*

Careers in Counseling

Curriculum: Foundational Knowledge and Real-World Skills

You’ll establish foundational knowledge including history, program models and school-based collaboration — and you’ll develop a contextual understanding of the school counselor’s multifaceted role in areas like family counseling and crisis management. You’ll also explore counseling practice with program creation and evaluation, curriculum design and academic development interventions.

While we are not yet CACREP-accredited, the program was designed according to 2016 Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Standards – you’ll receive an education that meets the highest standards for the counseling profession. Plus, by adding 12 more credit hours to your program, for a total of 60, you can graduate prepared for the Licensed Professional Counselor exam in many states, including Texas.**

Course Spotlight: COUN 6323 Professional School Counseling Services: Implementation & Evaluation

Study contemporary practices of leadership, advocacy, and accountability in the counseling profession. This course includes an in-depth study of the TEA model and the ASCA National model.

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Course Spotlight: COUN 8355 Child and Adolescent Counseling

Learn counseling approaches and skills appropriate to children and adolescents, including strategies to help children and adolescent clients clarify problems, set goals, explore options, and implement change.

Available Specializations

Focus your counseling degree on the area you’re passionate about with one of three specializations.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC): Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization

Learn to support people of all ages and backgrounds as they confront mental health challenges to improve their lives.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC): Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Specialization

Put your passion to work and learn to help people overcome the complications of disability with holistic care.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 855-275-1082.

If you take two courses every 14 weeks, you can complete:
  • the School Counseling concentration in 2.5 years
  • the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling concentrations in 3–3.5 years.

Total tuition estimates are as follows and do not include the cost of books and fees:

  • School Counseling specialization, $44,400
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specializations, $55,500

While we are not CACREP-accredited, our curriculum is designed according to the 2016 Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Standards.

Yes. You can choose from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Counseling specializations.

The program requires 600 hours of internship experience and 100 hours of practicum experience for all specializations.

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*Students who do not reside in Texas and are interested in becoming school counselors need to be familiarized with their own state requirements. Please check individual state requirements.

**NOTE: Applicants seeking licensure are encouraged to review all applicable eligibility requirements related to the respective occupational license per the Texas occupations code HB 1508.


  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). School and Career Counselors. Occupational Employment Statistics. Retrieved October 29, 2019, from