School Counseling

The Master of Education in School Counseling curriculum is 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.

Master of Education:  School Counseling

REQUIRED:  All of the following

Sufficient to equal a minimum of 60 semester hours which are required for graduation. Electives may be selected from other graduate offerings with advisor. If students wish to sit for the LPC licensure exam in addition to the School Counseling licensure exam, their advisors will assist them to choose the appropriate courses. Advisors will assist in selecting the appropriate courses.

Course   Semester Hours
COUN 6640 Crisis Counseling
COUN 6690 Professional Orientation to School Counseling
COUN 6700 Implementing School Counseling Programs 3
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 6890 Internship in Counseling 6
COUN 7070 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment 3
COUN 7760 Counseling Practicum 3
EDFI 6420 Research in Education 3
EDFI 6710 Human Growth & Development
EDIS 6780 Assessment & Testing in Mental Health
    Total Required Hours: 51

ELECTIVES: Only three of the courses with an asterisk behind it are required.

COUN 6820* Special Topics in Counseling 3
COUN 6860/6870* Independent Study in Counseling 1-3
COUN 7010 Mental and Emotional Disorders 3
COUN 7020 Advanced Assessment 3
COUN 7040* Play Therapy 3
COUN 7060 DSM Diagnosis and Treatment Implications for Counselors 3
COUN 7080* Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling
EDFI 6410* Statistics in Education 3
Total Elective Hours: 9   Total Hours: 60

Capstone Project Required

COUN 6990 Counseling Thesis Research 1-4

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.