A School Counseling Master's Degree Designed for Working Professionals
The School Counseling Master of Arts program is designed for individuals who are looking to enhance current employment or to change their career through an intensive graduate school experience. If your career goal is to work with children, adolescents and adults in school settings, our School Counseling program will prepare you to make a difference in people’s lives. Students also complete a 600 hour internship to provide them with experience and feedback for working in the field.
This program is delivered at both our Denver and our Loveland centers, with class sessions concentrated on weekends so that you can fit this program around a traditional work schedule. Please note: three courses of this program are only offered at our Denver Center, so all students will attend those courses in Denver. See details about course delivery in the Course of Study tab below.
Career Options for Graduates
The School Counseling program prepares students to become a counselor working in school settings. Graduates of the School Counseling program typically achieve the credential of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) through the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) in Colorado, or the licensing agency in the states in which they reside.
CACREP Accreditation and National Certification
Because our program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), graduates are eligible to become Nationally Certified Counselors.
Time to Completion:
Delivery Options & Start Terms:
- Denver Center: start any term
- Loveland Center (with some Denver weekends): starts each Fall term
Course Timing & Sequence – Designed for Working Professionals
- Classes are offered in an intensive weekend format (Friday 4-10pm, Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday 8am-4pm).
- Students take one course at a time over two weekends, typically with a weekend off in between.
- Three courses (noted in the list below) are only offered in Denver. Loveland students will only need to travel to Denver for six weekends during the program to complete these courses.
- Most students are full-time graduate students (taking nine or more credits a semester), however part-time enrollment is an option as well.
- Students are able to work full-time while working on their graduate degrees.
Required Courses (63 Credit Hours)
- APCE 558 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3)
- APCE 602 Foundations of School Counseling (3) – Denver-only
- APCE 603 Understanding Children, Adolescents, and Their Systems (3)
- APCE 605 Group Laboratory Experience (1)
- APCE 606 Theories and Practices in Group Guidance (3) – Denver-only
- APCE 607 Theories of Counseling (3)
- APCE 608 Organization, Administration and Evaluation of School Counseling Programs (3) – Denver-only
- APCE 612 Practicum in Individual Counseling (5)
- APCE 614 Internship in School Counseling and Guidance (6)
- APCE 616 Career Theory, Counseling and Assessment (3)
- APCE 619 Practicum II in Individual Counseling (3)
- APCE 623 Understanding and Counseling Diverse Populations (3)
- APCE 624 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse (3)
- APCE 657 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Counseling and Psychology (3)
- APCE 660 Psychological Consultation: Theory and Practice (3)
- APCE 661 Psychological Trauma and Intervention for Individuals, Families and Communities (3)
- APCE 665 Family Systems (3)
- APCE 673 Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling (3)
- PSY 530 Life Span Developmental Psychology (3)
- SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3)
For full details, see the official program listings in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
- We also encourage you to visit the: Department of Applied Psychology & Counselor Education's School Counseling pages.
- Learn more about the Professional Counseling Faculty.