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M.S. in School Counseling

Program Overview

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 – 48 credit hours

Core Requirements (27 credit hours)

Research and Appraisal Requirements (9 credit hours)

Clinical Requirements (12 credit hours)

  • EDCEP 858 – Group Processes 
  • EDCEP 877 – Practicum in Counseling
  • EDCEP 887 – Counseling Internship - elementary and secondary level
    (6 credit hours total over 2 semesters)
    • The counseling internship will consist of 600 clock hours under weekly supervision of a licensed school counselor and counseling program faculty member. The student will attend class for group supervision and provide at least 240 clock hours of direct service in the school setting. Included activities are individual counseling, group work, developmental classroom lessons, and consultation.

    • The student will earn a total of 6 credit hours of internship over two semesters. Students are required to have liability insurance coverage during the Practicum and Internship. The parallel pathway option is required for all students who do not hold a professional teaching license.

    • The parallel pathway licensure option requires additional school field experiences and activities over two semesters as part of the graduate program. See Dr. Judy Hughey to develop an individual plan.

A professional portfolio is developed during the program and submitted for final review during the final semester of one’s program. A master’s comprehensive written exam is completed during the final semester of one’s program. A portfolio rubric and format guidelines are provided throughout coursework.

Curriculum and Program 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



Objectives of the program

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.




Is there a graduate admission test or GRE required?

No graduate entrance exams are required; however, admission requirements include a 3.0 GPA, letters of recommendation, resume and statement declaring the student’s goals and professional experiences.


How long will it take to complete the program?

The school counseling program can be completed in 24 months.


What are the options for licensure?

There are multiple paths to be licensed as a school counselor in Kansas, including a provisional license for students at the halfway point in the program. A teaching degree and/or experience is not required to be a school counselor in Kansas. School experiences and development activities are integrated into the school counseling master’s program for those students who do not have an education background. There are no extra costs or credit hours required.

All students will be eligible for a school counseling initial counselor license following successful completion of the master’s program and other Kansas Department of Education requirements, including passing a licensure exam and background check.


Do I need a certain degree to apply to the program?

The master’s in school counseling program is available for anyone wanting to be a school counselor or to enhance their ability to interact with students. Students who enter the program have varied bachelor’s degrees, including in education, family studies, sociology and psychology.

Admission Requirements

Download the admissions requirements guide to help you in the admissions process.  

  • 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.


Admissions Guide

Get a two-page pdf of the admissions requirements to this program.

M.S. in School Counseling Admissions Checklist

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