Counseling, MA - School Counseling

School Counseling Emphasis

Counseling, MA

Program Delivery

On Campus

Total Credits

60 Credits

About the Program

Counseling, MA - School Counseling

The Department of Counseling and Human Services offers a Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis on School Counseling.

The School Counselor training 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.

In accordance with these standards, 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).

Focus of Study

The Cohort Model

The Counseling and Human Services counselor training program is specifically designed to meet the needs of the adult learner. All students must begin the program in June of the summer semester. Students are admitted to one of two cohort groups: a day cohort or an evening cohort, each cohort admits approximately 24 students. Students must commit to taking all their classes in the specific cohort group to which they are admitted.

Exceptions to the Cohort Model

Students need to be aware that the 4:45 pm – 7:20 pm time slot is used for classes that combine students from the day and evening cohorts (COUN 5800, 5810, 5920, 5440, and others). Group Supervision Classes for Practicum (COUN 5120) and Internship (COUN 5700 & 5720) for both the day and evening cohorts will be scheduled in the evening in the 7:30 pm- 10:05 pm time slot to permit students to accrue hours for their fieldwork experience typically occurring during the day.

Program Requirements

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 supervised field experiences 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.

School counselors in Colorado are licensed Professional Special Services personnel who work in school settings with students, parents, educators, and others within the community. They may be licensed as Elementary School Counselors, Secondary School Counselors, or K-12 School Counselors. School Counselors design and manage comprehensive developmental guidance programs to help students acquire skills in the social, personal, academic, and career domains necessary for living in a multicultural society.

School counselors accomplish this by employing interventions including guiding and counseling students individually or in small groups and by providing information through classroom guidance. School counselors contribute to the development of effective learning environments through student advocacy, facilitating systemic change, and consultation and collaboration with others. Teaching experience is not a requirement for the Colorado school counselor license.

Program Coursework

  Courses Credit Hours
Foundation Courses
  • 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 and Techniques of Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling
  • COUN 5330 - Issues, Ethics, and Trends in Professional Counseling
18 Credit Hours
Foundations in Professional Counseling
  • COUN 5510 and 5520 are designed to be taken concurrently.
  • COUN 5410 - Measurement and Appraisal
  • COUN 5430 - Career Development
  • COUN 5550 - Practice of Crisis Counseling, Trauma, and Disaster Work
  • COUN 5860 - Social and Cultural Foundation of Professional Counseling
  • COUN 5510 - Principles of Addiction Treatment
  • LEAD 5700 - Introduction to Research and Statistics
18 Credit Hours
The School Counselor in the School System
  • COUN 5120 - Practicum in Professional Counseling
  • COUN 5700 - Internship in School Counseling
  • COUN 5800 - Roles and Functions of the School Counselor
  • COUN 5810 - Organization/Administration of the School Counseling Program
15 Credit Hours

These courses may be selected to complement the student’s required coursework and/or professional career objectives. Students will select three electives if they desire to graduate with a 60-semester-hour master’s degree.

  • 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
9 Credit Hours


For details on program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Admissions Details

The application deadline for this Counseling program is December 15.

For details regarding program admissions, the application process, and more - please visit the program's Admissions Details page.