Help Support Pre-K-12 Students Through Informed Guidance and Counseling
The MEd in School Counseling program at Grand Canyon University offers individuals with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to pursue a career as a school counselor and seek certification. This master’s degree leads to initial licensure and serves as the next step for professional advancement in two fields — education and counseling.
As a teacher candidate, you may choose to obtain a master’s in school counseling to help expand your knowledge base and advance your skill set to become an advocate for pre-K-12 students. Throughout their school years, students may encounter challenging circumstances such as bullying, drug use, questions about sexual orientation, social development, mental health concerns and instances of violence/trauma. Pursuing a graduate degree in counseling equips you with the skills to intervene and provide support for children and adolescents facing these issues. Additionally, you will receive training on effectively collaborating with parents, guardians and school personnel to meet the unique needs of your students.
Benefits of GCU's Master’s Degree in School Counseling
As a Christian university, GCU designs programs with a faith-integrated curriculum that reflects the university’s Christian worldview. At GCU, you have the opportunity to develop into more than a school counselor — you can grow into a compassionate, servant leader with strong ethics and morals that can help make a positive difference in communities and the lives of children.
Gain Advanced Competencies and Skills Needed for School Counseling
Upon completing the MEd in School Counseling degree, you will acquire the necessary tools to help struggling young learners overcome obstacles, while they prepare for the next step in their educational journey. Continuation of education provides aspiring school counselors with the knowledge to:
- Address challenges experienced by children and adolescents, such as academic, social and emotional difficulties, low self-esteem and issues they may be experiencing at home
- Identify risks that lead to mental health and behavioral disorders
- Strategize ways to foster personal growth
- Lead in data-informed decision-making and school counseling program development
- Examine how various non-academic problems affect achievement in the classroom
Career Possibilities With an MEd Degree in School Counseling
Master’s in school counseling graduates can have the career readiness to advocate for student’s well-being and create a supportive learning environment, helping them navigate academic, social, and emotional challenges they may face. As a student, you must have access to pre-approved pre-K-12 schools to complete program requirements. This program includes 25 field experience hours, 100 practicum hours and 600 internship hours for a total of 725 hours.
Graduates with a master’s degree in school counseling may pursue positions in education and counseling that include:
- School counselor
- Guidance counselor
- Career counselor
- Educational advisor
Earn Your Master of Education in School Counseling From an Accredited Education Program
The MEd degree in school counseling is informed by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model to support growth in academic achievement, career and social-emotional development. GCU’s school counseling program fosters the development of school counselors in training to advocate for models of school-based collaboration with school stakeholders.
The curriculum for this program is:
- Institutionally accredited
- Approved by the Arizona State Board of Education and informed by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model
- Tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner with a strength-based approach
- Facilitated by industry experts with experience and knowledge in child and adolescent development, counseling theory, group and individual counseling, college and career counseling, as well as trauma and psychopathology
Master’s in School Counseling FAQs
If you want to learn more about earning your Master of Education in School Counseling, take a look at our responses to a few common questions about this degree and career field.
To start your journey toward becoming a counseling practitioner, apply to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences by filling out the form on this page. Master’s degree requirements and program qualifications are provided on GCU’s admission requirements page. Applicants will also follow the standard application process.
1 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2022, September 8). School and Career Counselors and Advisors Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on July 25, 2023.
2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, School and Career Counselors and Advisors, retrieved Oct. 18, 2022.
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.