School Counselor Education Endorsement

School Counselor

Education Endorsement

Program Delivery

On Campus

Total Credits

12 - 60 Credits

About the Program


The School Counselor endorsement program meets the licensure requirements of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and is accredited by CACREP based on national standards for the preparation of school counselors. This endorsement program does not lead to a Master's degree.

Focus of Study

In the School Counselor endorsement program, students prepare to become licensed professionals dedicated to supporting students and their communities within school settings. 

The primary role of a school counselor involves developing and overseeing comprehensive guidance programs designed to help students acquire essential skills across various life domains, including social, personal, academic, and career development. These skills are considered vital for thriving in our diverse society. To achieve this, students in the program learn and employ a range of strategies, including:

  • Providing individual or small group counseling sessions for students
  • Collecting data from students and stakeholders in effort to implement comprehensive evidence-based practices
  • Delivering valuable information through classroom guidance sessions

The UCCS School Counselor endorsement program equips its students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a positive impact on the lives of students and to foster nurturing and inclusive educational environments.

Program Requirements

The school counselor program requires the completion of a 60-semester-hour program. School Counselor students will complete the same foundational coursework as the Clinical Mental Health Counselor students and may be eligible for licensure as a Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Post-master’s degree supervised counseling experience and successful completion of the National Counselor Examination are currently required for license eligibility. It is strongly recommended by the Departmental faculty members that school counselors seeking the LPC credential take additional coursework in psychopathology and diagnosis, clinical mental health counseling, and complete a supervised field experience specific to community counseling.

Students graduating from the School Counselor program will also be immediately eligible to apply for National Certified Counselor (NCC) recognition and are encouraged to do so.

Program Coursework

Required Courses

The School Counselor in the School System
12 Credit Hours
  • COUN 5700 - Internship in School Counseling (6 credits)
  • COUN 5800 - Roles & Functions of the School Counselor
  • COUN 5810 - Organization/Administration of the School Counseling Program


Courses that may be fulfilled with previously transcripted coursework

Foundation Courses
18 Credit Hours
  • COUN 5010 - Theories and Techniques of Individual Counseling
  • COUN 5020 - Laboratory in Individual Counseling
  • COUN 5040 - Human Growth and Development
  • COUN 5100 - Theories & Techniques of Group Counseling
  • COUN 5130 - Theories & Techniques of Marriage, Couples, & Family Counseling
  • COUN 5330 - Issues, Ethics, & Trends in Professional Counseling

Professional Counseling Courses
21 Credit Hours

COUN 5510 and 5520 are designed to be taken concurrently

  • COUN 5120 - Practicum in Professional Counseling
  • COUN 5410 - Measurement & Appraisal
  • COUN 5430 - Career Development
  • COUN 5550 - Practice of Crisis Counseling, Trauma, & Disaster Work
  • COUN 5860 - Social and Cultural Foundation of Professional Counseling
  • COUN 5510 - Principles of Addiction Treatment
  • LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research & Statistics
9 Credit Hours

Complete (3) of the following:

  • COUN 5070 - Adventure Education and Experiential Learning
  • COUN 5090 - Spiritual Dimensions of Counseling
  • COUN 5300 - Laboratory in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling
  • COUN 5440 - Advanced Psychopathology and Diagnosis
  • COUN 5530 - Motivational Interviewing I & II
  • COUN 5520 - Infectious Diseases in Addiction Treatment
  • COUN 5950 - Roles and Functions of the Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • COUN 5960 - Psychopharmacology
  • COUN 5570 - Play Therapy and Child Counseling
  • COUN 5580 - Sexuality in Counseling
  • COUN 5590 - Clinical Supervision I and II
  • COUN 5900 - The Science of Behavioral and Process Addictions
  • COUN 5970 - Advanced Pharmacology



Admission Details

For details on the admissions process for the School Counselor graduate program, please visit the Admissions Details page.