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School Counseling

The Master of Education degree in School Counseling is designed to train school counselors for employment in public and private school settings.  The program is designed with the purpose of creating school counselor leaders who have the knowledge and skills to aid K-12 students’ in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development as well as contributing to the overall climate of the school environment.  Further, our graduates are trained in the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National Model, which emphasizes 1) creating a strong counseling program foundation, 2) the effective delivery of counseling initiatives, 3) the management of counseling programs, and 4) the accountability of program effectiveness. 

Our CACREP-accredited master’s degree in School Counseling is designed around a set of core classes, selected to be consistent with national accreditation standards for masters programs in counseling, state licensing requirements for counselors, and university requirements for graduate programs. In addition, the program requires specialized coursework and extensive field-based practice and internship training under the supervision of a licensed, practicing school counselor in the K-12 school setting. Further, an assigned faculty advisor assists students in choosing elective coursework and in planning their field-based practice and internship experiences. Graduates of this program meet training requirements established by the Ohio Board of Education for licensure as a school counselor.


Quick Info

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Real-World Learning Components

Required internship(s), Required clinical experience




Main Campus


College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services


Jill Minor
Phone: 513-556-2920

Student Success Factors

This area of study is best suited for individuals who enjoy working in schools with children and/or adolescents. Those who choose school counseling as a career need to be self-driven, independent, creative, and persistent as well as have the capacity to work collaboratively with others in order to achieve common school and community goals.  School counselors serve as advocates for K-12 students and the counseling program.  In this capacity, they are required to engage in individual and group counseling, classroom guidance, crisis management, program development and management, and the evaluation of data.  Further, good verbal and written communication skills are a must for successful school counselors.

Career Possibilities

Career possibilities center on working with children and adolescents in K-12 school settings, however the degree may provide students with foundational skills needed to work in other areas of counseling beyond the K-12 school setting.  Opportunities to become a counselor at the elementary, middle, and high school levels have been available to students and afford a variety of career experiences!

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Master's Degree in School Counseling

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • CNSL7015, Career Development and Counseling, 3
    • CNSL7021, Counseling Techniques, 3
    • CNSL7023, Counseling Theories, 3
    • CNSL8010, Introduction to Professional School Counseling, 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • CNSL7001, Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling, 3
    • CNSL7025, Group Work in Ecological Counseling - Theory, Research, and Practice, 3
    • CNSL7050, Field Practicum in Counseling, 3
    • CNSL8014, Counseling with Children and Adolescents, 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • CNSL7005, Multicultural Counseling, 3
    • CNSL7011, Ecological Counseling Across the Lifespan, 3
    • CNSL7031, Assessment in Counseling, 3
    • CNSLxxxx, Student will complete a faculty approved elective., 3
    Fall (Year 2)
    • CNSL7060, Masters Internship in Counseling, 1 - 6
    • CNSL8012, School Counseling Leadership and Comprehensive Program Implementation, 3
    • CNSLxxxx, Student will complete a faculty approved elective., 3
    Spring (Year 2)
    • CNSL7008, Research and Program Evaluation in Ecological Counseling, 3
    • CNSL8016, School Counseling with K-12 Students with Special Needs, 3
    • CNSL8048, Ecological Counseling for Couples and Families, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student will complete CNSL 7060 Master's Internship in Counseling, 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Spring (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Spring (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Internships offer a unique experience to tailor the educational experience to the needs of the student.

Students also take the national Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) for their program ending comprehensive exam. Completing this exam allows students to move a step closer to licensure. Students are responsible for knowing the program's comprehensive exam dates. The university dates for completion of these experiences must be adhered to in order to graduate in the term requested.

Special Programs

Chi Sigma Iota is a national honor's society in Counseling and UC has an active chapter that works closely with the Counseling Program. There are opportunities to work on research projects with professors and doctoral students, which affords opportunities to prepare for doctoral level training.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate transcript
  • 3 references
  • Goal statement
  • Vita
  • GRE General Scores


Application Deadlines

In order to complete the admissions process, you need to review information on school counseling at the counseling website or contact the program director, Mei Tang, at 513-556-3716, about application requirements or to inquire about materials that need to be submitted when applying to this program.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

These CACREP-accredited master's degree program is designed around a set of core classes selected to be consistent with national accreditation standards for master's programs in school counseling, with state licensing requirements for counselors, and with university requirements for graduate programs.