School Counseling

The Master of Education in School Counseling is a 60 credit hour curriculum designed to meet the needs of graduate students wishing to pursue school counseling positions in elementary, middle, or secondary schools. Students who complete this coursework will satisfy academic requirements for K-12 school counselor licensure in the State of Ohio.

  • PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELOR may offer counseling services in a school setting. The scope of practice for an Ohio Professional School Counselor includes assisting students, teachers, parents, and other educators in helping children learn. Services provided include counseling with individuals and with groups; intervening with parents and teachers; consulting with community agency personnel; coordinating mental health programming in schools; and developing, delivering, managing, and evaluating a counseling program.

Once admitted, students are assigned an advisor who will assist them to select classes for their first semester and then create a plan of study.

Practicum and internship may not be completed at the same location where students are employed.

Master of Education:  School Counseling

REQUIRED:  All of the following

Course   Semester Hours
COUN 6640 Crisis Counseling
COUN 6690 Professional Orientation to School Counseling
COUN 6700 Implementing School Counseling Programs 3
COUN 6710 Assessment and Testing in Counseling
COUN 6730 Child and Adolescent Counseling 3
COUN 6740 Career and Life Planning Approaches 3
COUN 6750 Theories of Counseling
COUN 6760 Counseling the Culturally Diverse
COUN 6770 Skills and Techniques of Counseling 3
COUN 6780 Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling
COUN 6790 Group Counseling Model and Procedures
COUN 6805 Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment 3
COUN 6885 Practicum/Seminar in Counseling 3
COUN 7760 Counseling Practicum 3
EDFI 6420 Research in Education 3
EDFI 6700 Human Growth & Development
    Total Required Hours: 51

ELECTIVES: Three from the following are required.

COUN 6720 Brief Counseling
COUN 6805 Mental and Emotional Disorder 3
COUN 6820 Special Topics in Counseling 3
COUN 6815 DSM Diagnosis and Treatment Implications for Counselors
COUN 6825 Human Sexuality in Counseling 3
COUN 6835 Play Therapy 3
COUN 6845 Marriage and Family Therapy 3
COUN 6855 Advanced Assessment 3
COUN 6860/6870 Independent Study in Counseling 1-3
Total Elective Hours: 9   Total Hours: 60

Capstone Project Required

Students choose from one of the below options with their advisor.

COUN 6990 Counseling Thesis Research 3-6

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the graduate degree, students in School Counseling are expected to be able to:

  • Students will distinguish between counseling theories. 
  • Students will integrate theory and practice for individual and group counseling settings. 
  • Student will examine practices surrounding multiculturalism, diversity, inclusion, and equity. 
  • Students will develop a professional counselor identity with a foundation in the integration of evidenced based practice and applicable ethical codes. 
  • Students will evaluate their self-awareness and self-development through reflective practice of counseling skills 

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The School Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is in good standing.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The School Counseling program requires professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The School Counseling program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 12/20/2023 09:50AM