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School Counseling

John Carroll’s graduate program in school psychology prepares students to effectively address the learning and mental health needs of children in school settings. Following the science practitioner model, the program focuses on assessment and interventions through both direct service delivery to children and their families and indirect services including consultation, teacher training, and parent workshops. Through extensive field training, which begins in the first year of the program and concludes with a final year of full-time, supervised field study, students gain solid hands-on experience and build the skills they’ll need to succeed in this challenging and rewarding field. The School Counseling curriculum is designed to prepare current teachers and other qualified applicants for licensure as counselors in a school setting working with students, teachers, and parents to help students in their academic, personal, and career development.

Program Overview

The School Counseling program empowers you to be a social change agent in schools. As you’re trained as an effective counselor, you’ll also be encouraged to build community partnerships, address opportunity gaps faced by students, and learn data-driven program evaluation. 

Upon completion of this 48-credit-hour program, you’ll receive a master of education degree (M.Ed.) and be license-eligible as a school counselor in the State of Ohio. You can complete the program in as little as two years through a combination of face-to-face and hybrid/online courses. Both full- and part-time students are eligible, so you can progress through the program at your own pace.

Admission Overview

We admit students to the School Counseling Program in the summer and fall semesters. Spring applications will be considered if space is available. 

A completed application file includes:

  • Online Application
  • Transcript
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview
  • Resume
  • Photograph
Costs & Aid

The program follows our current tuition and fee structure of $755 per credit hour.

Tuition scholarships are available to all those who have been admitted to the program, reducing tuition in graduate courses in school counseling by 20%. Licensed teachers are eligible to apply for the teacher development scholarship instead, which reduces tuition for graduate courses by 33%.

A limited number of graduate assistantships provide a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours per year plus a stipend. Students are expected to spend 10-20 hours per week working for the department.

Courses

Core Sequence – 36 hours

  • Orientation to Counseling CG 500
  • Orientation to School Counseling CG 501
  • Human Growth and Development CG 505
  • Research Methods CG 509 or ED 502
  • Addition Knowledge CG 514
  • Test & Measurements ED 530
  • Career Development and Vocational Appraisal CG 531
  • Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling CG 535
  • School Counseling Program Design & Consultation CG 538
  • Counseling Theory CG 561
  • Counseling Techniques CG 562
  • Diversity Issues in Counseling CG 563

Field Experience Sequence – 9 hours

  • Practicum in School Counseling CG 591
  • Internship in School Counseling, I CG 598A
  • Internship in School Counseling, II CG 598B

Electives – 3 hours
Electives should be selected in consultation with advisor.

Program Highlights

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Accreditation

The Master of Education in School Counseling degree program is accredited by the following agencies:

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE): Initial and Advanced programs
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Ohio Department of Education
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The JCU Experience

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks John Carroll among the top ten master’s-degree granting universities in the Midwest. When you wander the halls of the Counseling Department, you’ll find that our doors are open. Our faculty is committed to developing deep and meaningful teaching and mentoring relationships with our students. We bring a diverse set of skills, knowledge, and experience to our teaching and supervising. Our classes are small – none larger than 20 students, and many with as few at 15 or 8. Our courses involve discussion and practice, rather than solely lecture. Typically, in the second year of enrollment, students begin their practicum and internship Practicum and Internship) fieldwork. In a school setting of their choice, students begin to practice the science and art of counseling. During this time, students receive formal supervision on site and at John Carroll. At graduation, the outlook for our students is bright because of their strong reputation in the community. This, and the numerous connections our faculty has with local employers, positions our graduates as top candidates on the job market.

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Semesters of Field Placement Required

Internships

Students are required to complete three semesters of field placement. The department partners with a diverse set of school districts across Northeast Ohio to ensure that students receive the best field training available. 

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Learn from licensed counselors & experts in the field

We intentionally keep class sizes small so we can focus on the extraordinary mentoring for which John Carroll is known. Our professors take the time to get to know students as individuals and to center their teaching on those connections. You'll have access to unique opportunities, including joining our vibrant student community, studying abroad with John Carroll counseling faculty in Vietnam, and conducting research with faculty.

In addition to our established relationships with various schools across northeast Ohio, our active network of alumni at 60 local schools provides a strong pathway to employment.

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Courses

Core Sequence – 36 hours

  • Orientation to Counseling CG 500
  • Orientation to School Counseling CG 501
  • Human Growth and Development CG 505
  • Research Methods CG 509 or ED 502
  • Addition Knowledge CG 514
  • Test & Measurements ED 530
  • Career Development and Vocational Appraisal CG 531
  • Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling CG 535
  • School Counseling Program Design & Consultation CG 538
  • Counseling Theory CG 561
  • Counseling Techniques CG 562
  • Diversity Issues in Counseling CG 563

Field Experience Sequence – 9 hours

  • Practicum in School Counseling CG 591
  • Internship in School Counseling, I CG 598A
  • Internship in School Counseling, II CG 598B

Electives – 3 hours
Electives should be selected in consultation with advisor.