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M.S. in School Counseling

The M.S. in School Counseling is a 48-hour program designed to prepare dynamic, professional school counselors to be team leaders who implement comprehensive school counseling programs that are integral to the total educational program. School counselors are prepared to support students' achievement and learning and their academic, career and social/emotional development. 

The school counseling program may be completed in 24 months.

The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

Program Delivery

Courses are delivered from the Manhattan campus to Olathe via videoconferencing.

Curriculum Objectives

The program's curriculum is designed to equip future school counselors and current teachers with the knowledge and tools that will help them navigate the numerous milestones that students often experience throughout their K-12 career.

Topics in the curriculum


College and career readiness

Social/Emotional development

Substance abuse

Grief and loss counseling

Achievement gaps

Healthy relationships

Leadership and advocacy

Success strategies for all students

Trauma and crisis management

Character education

Facilitation of career development

Promotion of academic achievement for all

Collaboration with business and community

Consultation with teachers and parents

Suicide awareness and prevention

Classroom behavioral issues

Enhancement of resilience, grit and work ethic


Program Objectives

The master's degree is designed to teach graduates how to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the philosophical, historical and social foundations of contemporary education and counseling practice; and preparation standards, professional credentialing practices, legal and ethical behaviors.

  • Possess the knowledge and skills to plan, organize, implement and evaluate a comprehensive, developmental, results-based school counseling program.

  • Understand and demonstrate appropriate counseling skills to address the needs of individuals throughout the stages of human development, possesses knowledge of related human behavior at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts and the impact of the stages and behaviors on learning and family dynamics.

  • Understand the major theories of individual and group counseling and demonstrates appropriate skills, techniques and the use of technology in implementing individual and group counseling and classroom lesson design to promote academic, career and social/emotional development of learners.

  • Understand and demonstrate legal and ethical use of assessment, evaluation and research in multicultural contexts.

  • Have knowledge of career development and applies a multi-tier approach for counseling all learners through their developmental stages.

  • Understand the significance and demonstrate the skills of teaming and consultation, collaboration and coordination in developing programs to facilitate the positive interaction between learners and their environment.

  • Understand social and cultural diversity across developmental stages and is able to identify appropriate counseling practices.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate School Application
  • Official Transcript from bachelor's degree institution
  • Official Transcript from each institution you have completed any post-baccalaureate coursework or degrees 
  • Statement of Objectives: 1-2 page statement of career and professional goals and relevant professional experience 
  • See more information from the College of Education 

More Information

For more information about the doctoral program, contact Kimberly Ramacciotti, director of student services, at olatheapp@k-state.edu or 913-307-7313.


Program brochure

School Counseling brochure

Download the brochure for this academic program (pdf format). 

Why school counseling?

“We are excited about having a cohort present at the Olathe campus primarily because we see a need to address the counselor shortage in Kansas. This is an opportunity to make our program more accessible and prepare professionals for what I believe is one of the most rewarding careers in education.”

Dr. Judy Hughey, NCC
Associate Professor
Coordinator of Counselor Education
Kansas State University