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School Counseling

What is 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 leaders in school counseling 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 (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. For more information, please contact Amanda Carlisle at 513-556-3335 or amanda.carlisle@uc.edu.

Our CACREP-accredited master's degree in School Counseling is designed around our core counseling curriculum, selected to be consistent with national accreditation standards for master’s 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.

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.

Curriculum Guides

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

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

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 through a competitive thesis option on independent study with faculty and doctoral students, which affords opportunities to prepare for doctoral level training or other research-practitioner positions in the field.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements include:

  • Undergraduate transcript
  • References (3 preferred, minimum of 1 required)
  • Goal statement
  • Vita
  • GRE General Scores

Application Deadline and Procedures

Prospective students will complete the on-line application for their requested program by the posted application deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted. Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Transcripts:

Providing academic records during the application process. All applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines "unofficial" transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Applicants should NOT send official transcripts as part of the application process.

Providing academic records after admission

Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines "official" transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student's first semester. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S.postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery:
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627


UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.

Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The University defines "unofficial" transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

After being accepted to join a graduate program

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral.

Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

Verification reports are due to the Graduate School one week prior to the start of the student's first semester. Failure to submit verification reports on time will result in a student being placed in non-matriculated status and loss of his/her student visa status. Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S.postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery:
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

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, Dr. Michael Brubaker, at 513-556-9196, about application requirements or to inquire about materials that need to be submitted when applying to this program.

Accreditation

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


This master's degree program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and 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.

Quick Facts

Master of Education Degree in School Counseling

Full-Time Program Duration

2.5 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

PO Box 210068
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: (513) 556-9196
Michael Brubaker
michael.brubaker@uc.edu