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.


  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE): Initial and Advanced programs.
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Ohio Department of Education.

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 licence.
  • 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.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.
  • 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 late February.  Although an interview at this time is not a requirement, it may allow for an admission decision before the March 1st GA deadline. We do notify the departments on March 1st as to whether a student has been accepted.  If you would like to be invited to interview, please complete your program application by February 15th.

Required Courses

Core Sequence: 36 hours.
Orientation to School Counseling CG 501
Human Growth and Development CG 505
Research Methods CG 509
or ED 502*
Introduction, Survey & Awareness of Chemical Dependency CG 514
Test & Measurements ED 530
Life-Style and Career Development CG 531
Statistics ED 533
Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling CG 535
School Counseling Program Design & Consultation CG 538
Counseling Theory CG 561
Counseling Techniques CG 562
Diversity Issues in Counseling CG 563
Candidates who do not hold a valid teaching license must also take the following 6 hours:
Orientation to the Educational Environment ED 503
Learning-Teaching ED 534
Field Experience Sequence. 9 hours.
Practicum in School Counseling CG 591
Internship in School Counseling, I CG 598A
Internship in School Counseling, II CG 598B
Electives: Suggested electives could be CG 515 or CG 516. Electives should be selected in consultation with advisor.

Honorary Society

JCU is  home to the national award-winning Beta Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honorary Society.

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.