Master of Arts in School Counseling FAQs

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Questions About CCU's M.A. in School Counseling Degree Program

Do you feel called to be a licensed school counselor? Whether you have questions about financing a master's degree, CCU's accreditation, or what kind of jobs you can get with a school counseling degree, we're here to help. For additional questions, please contact an enrollment counselor.

How many credit hours is the Master of Arts in School Counseling program and how long does it take to complete?

The program is 60 credit hours and is designed to be completed in two and a half years.

Is the program accredited?

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.

How many hours are required for the practicum and internship experience?

Students must complete 100 hours of practicum and 600 hours of internship at a site established by the student, for a total of 700 hours.

I have been out of school for years and wish to make a mid-life career change. Will I be out of place in this student population?

Our student population in the M.A. in School Counseling program varies in age and background. Students range from those who just completed their undergraduate program to those wishing to make complete career changes later in life.

Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?

There is no GRE requirement for the M.A. in School Counseling program. See the M.A. in School Counseling admission requirements for specific admission requirements.

Are there any undergraduate prerequisites?

CCU does not require undergraduate prerequisites for the M.A. in School Counseling program.

Will CCU accept transfer credits?

Students may transfer up to 12 semester hours of graduate work from a regionally accredited college or university. See our admission requirements for additional information about transfer of courses.

How much does the program cost?

View current tuition and fees for the M.A. in School Counseling program.

Is financial aid available?

See our Financial Aid website for detailed information about financial aid and payment options for graduate students. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You are also encouraged to check with your employer about additional tuition benefits that may be available through your company.

Where is the program offered?

Visit CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies programs page to see where the M.A. in School Counseling program is offered.

Can I take classes online?

The Master's in School Counseling program is offered as a full online cohort program, with three required residential intensives in Colorado.

Is the program on semesters or quarters?

The Master's in School Counseling program operates on the semester system. The program is offered over three 15-week semesters per academic year including fall, spring, and summer. The semesters are divided into two 7-week blocks (A & B).

After completing the program, what must I do to become a licensed school counselor?

This program is geared towards licensure with a biblical foundation. Once the program is completed, those wishing to become licensed as a school counselor in Colorado must pass the PRAXIS exam, and apply for licensure with the Colorado Department of Education. Please be aware that licensure requirements vary from state to state. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements of the state in which they seek licensure, and must review the state requirements above and beyond academic achievement and testing.

What types of jobs will I be qualified for once I complete the program?

School counselors can choose to work in preschool, elementary, middle/junior high school, 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

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