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School Counseling, M.Ed.

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.

Course Sequence

The School Counseling program consists of 48 semester hours of academic coursework and leads to a Master of Education degree upon successful completion of all requirements. All courses listed below are required.

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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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.


Semesters of Field Placement Required


Students are required to complete three semesters of field placement. The department partners with top employers to ensure that students receive the best field training available.

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Admission Requirements

We admit students to the School Counseling Program throughout the year, including summers.

Admission requirements include:

  • Application
  • Transcript
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview
  • Resume
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