The School Counseling program consists of 48 semester hours. The program is designed to prepare current teachers and other qualified applicants for licensure as counselors in a school setting. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Masters of Education degree.

To learn more about this program, please visit the Department of Counseling’s webpage.

Program Learning Goals

Students will:

  1. Identify as a school counselor who is knowledgeable about the history and development of the school counseling profession, is aware of the challenges facing the profession, and is prepared to advocate for the profession.
  2. Plan a developmentally appropriate school-counseling program that supports academic, personal/social, and career development. The program should be modeled on the ASCA standards and should take into consideration the specific needs of a particular school setting.
  3. Communicate, collaborate, and consult with school-age students, their families, school staff, and community agency representatives to promote a safe, healthy, and effective learning environment.
  4. Implement a system of ongoing program evaluation by establishing a framework for record-keeping and continuous feedback from program stakeholders.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a major in education (equivalent to the training necessary for a teaching license) or the equivalent in training and experience is needed. Candidates ordinarily are, or have been, teachers. An undergraduate degree or academic coursework in the areas of psychology, counseling, or related areas may substitute for a teaching license.
  • Transcripts from previous universities.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  • A completed application.
  • Three letters of recommendation with recommendation cover sheet from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic work, professional work, vocational commitment, and suitability for the role of counselor are required. Ideally, these letters will come from former professors and/or employers who can comment on the suitability of the applicant for graduate study.
  • A letter of intent from the applicant outlining career objectives and goals. The letter should be 400-600 words in length. It will be evaluated for content and grammatical and mechanical correctness.
  • Applicants must participate in an interview process that will include a writing sample composed in response to a provided written prompt, and both a group and a personal interview. The applicant’s interview will be evaluated by the admission committee.
  • If you intend to apply for a graduate assistantship position for the fall, please be aware that we offer the opportunity to interview for the counseling program in early February.   If you would like to be invited to interview, please complete your program application by the first week of February.

Financial Assistance

  • Tuition scholarships are available to all candidates who have been admitted to the John Carroll University School Counseling program. The scholarship will reduce tuition for graduate courses in School Counseling by 20%. Licensed teachers are eligible to apply for the teacher development scholarship instead, which will reduce tuition for graduate courses by 33%.
  • A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Graduate assistants are given a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours per year plus a stipend. Students are expected to spend 10-20 hours per week working for the department. Graduate assistants aid professors with courses and research.
  • The University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid offers assistance on student loans.