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Equipping you to positively impact the lives of future generations.

If you have a heart for equipping young people with the tools they need for success in school, careers, and life, the in-demand field of school counseling is an opportune career path to consider. The Master of Arts in School Counseling is an online master's program offered through CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies that prepares you to begin the process of licensure as a professional school counselor.

This online school counseling degree provides a unique opportunity to play a vital role in America's education system. Whether your focus is towards public school, private school, charter school, or k-12 schools, with your master's degree, you will be able to provide the counseling services necessary in supporting young people, their families, teachers, school administrators, and the local community.

Program Focus

The School Counseling program unites biblical truth with clinical competence, mentoring students to become Christ-like leaders in the field of education.

At CCU, the School Counseling master's degree offers a proactive and preventative model for providing professional counseling services in a school setting, helping K-12 students develop skills in each of the American School Counselor Association's (ASCA) three domains of behaviors and mindsets: social/emotional development, academic success, and college and career readiness. These skills lay the foundation for a preventative model that starts in elementary school and carries through adolescence, which, if followed, has been shown to reduce disruptive behaviors, responsive/crisis services, and increase student achievement in areas like educational setting, GPA, and graduation rates.

The graduate program places a unique emphasis on the spiritual health of young people alongside their emotional and mental health, and their overall human development. At CCU, you will be prepared to integrate elements of your Christian faith into counseling, allowing you to make a difference in the lives of your school community with expertise and heart.

Learn more about course curriculum and admission requirements for the School Counseling master's degree

Benefits of the School Counseling Master's Degree

CCU's School Counseling degree coaches you to become a leader in today's education system, surrounding you with the collaborative encouragement and community of your cohort, equipping you to share the hope of Jesus in practical ways on a daily basis.

  • Students are mentored by qualified professors who have extensive academic and counseling experience.
  • Through hands-on field experiences and teaching practicums, students are challenged to explore how their theory and faith integrate as professional school counselors.
  • Classes are provided in a format that allows students to study with a community of peers focused on a common goal.
  • A Master of Arts in School Counseling degree gives you the credentials that you need to open up opportunities for school counseling positions nationwide with attractive salaries, schedules, and benefits packages.

What can you do with an M.A. in School Counseling?

The field of school counseling continues to expand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this profession to grow faster than average over the next 10 years. School counselors can choose to work in preschool, elementary, middle/junior high school, k-12 schools, or high school settings, with locations varying from rural to urban.

Sample career paths include:

  • Youth and Family Case Manager
  • Child Behavior Technician
  • Academic Advisor
  • School Counselor
  • Educational Consultant
  • College Career Counselor
  • Group Counseling

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for the School Counseling degree program will be based on state and national criteria for licensure as a school counselor. Licensing requirements vary from state to state. Credit hours and curricula will coincide with the requirements for the American School Counseling Association and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


The Master of Arts in School Counseling has been approved by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education, and accreditation by CACREP is in process. Programs accredited by CACREP are reviewed against professionally approved standards, resulting in a streamlined licensure application process.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Colorado Christian University offers several academic programs which lead to professional licensure in the state of Colorado and, in some programs, prepare students for a national exam. All students should be aware that states vary in their educational and professional requirements depending on the profession. Some states require specific educational requirements, clinical requirements, accreditation requirements, or exam requirements. See professional licensure disclosures for details.

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