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University of Denver Master’s in School Counseling online

Earn a Master of Arts in School Counseling from the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education, and help to positively shape the lives of students in your community as a school counselor in private, public, and charter P-12 school settings.

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About the program

  • Self-reflective curriculum: SchoolCounseling@Denver helps learners become more aware of their own experiences, strengths, and opportunities for growth, so they can better serve P-12 students in their schools and communities.
  • Social-justice focus: The SchoolCounseling@Denver curriculum prepares learners to acknowledge differences in identity while working toward bridging the gap between access and opportunity for children and adolescents in P-12 schools.
  • CACREP-accredited program: SchoolCounseling@Denver is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, which means it meets the standards of excellence in the school counseling profession.

About the Morgridge College of Education

The University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education has been committed to promoting educational change and social equity for more than 100 years. The SchoolCounseling@Denver program is an extension of this commitment, as it prepares school counselors to meet the unique emotional, social, developmental, and academic needs of students — so they may thrive — inside and outside of educational environments.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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Featured courses

The 72-credit curriculum* prepares learners to address issues of identity, power, and oppression, so they can effectively serve diverse students in all aspects of their lives. You will learn from school counseling and mental health professionals while building a personal counselor identity through journaling, mock counseling sessions, field training, and an overall focus on self-reflection. Featured courses include:

  • Counseling Theory: Master basic counseling theories and philosophical principles — including history, concepts, techniques, and trends — and use them as foundation for your professional training.
  • Lifespan Development: Examine the principles of human development from conception to adulthood, with an emphasis on biological, environmental, and cultural factors that affect one’s development.
  • Educational Strategies and Policies for School Counselors: Study the history and current issues in legislation and government policy relevant to school counseling.
  • Mental Health and Substance Use: Learn how to identify and treat psychological disorders and substance abuse in children who are at risk of developing or living in an environment impacted by these disorders.
    • *In accordance with the 2018 CACREP Special Announcement, this program will be updated from 72 credits to 90 credits for students entering the program in Autumn 2023 or later. Students entering the program in Summer 2023 will have the option to pursue the 72-credit or 90-credit curriculum. Students entering the program in Spring 2023 or earlier will not be impacted by this change.

Admissions

The Morgridge College of Education seeks curious and driven individuals who want to make an impact in their communities through effective and empathetic school counseling services. All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to be considered for admission.

To complete an application, you will need to submit:

  • Online application 

  • Résumé 

  • Transcripts 

  • Two letters of recommendation 

  • Statement of professional goals 

  • Diversity statement

Fieldwork and immersions

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SchoolCounseling@Denver learners have the opportunity to gain real-world counseling experience in a school setting, through fieldwork experiences. 

Fieldwork: Learners complete a 100-hour practicum experience and two 300-hour internships in or near their communities. During these experiences, learners work closely with licensed school counselors to build new skills and hone their own practice. 

Immersion (optional): Learners can visit the Denver campus to connect with classmates and faculty mentors while practicing self-reflection.

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