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Master of Arts in Counseling with School Counseling Emphasis

Campus Location: 
Grand Island
School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Let us make your dreams of becoming a school counselor a reality with our newest program. 

As a student in the school counseling program you will:

  • become skilled in the delivery of services within schools
  • be knowledgeable about current trends in school counseling programs
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to establish and implement interventions that meet children’s and adolescent’s needs
  • demonstrate the ability to collaborate with other school personnel, families, and community services
  • be able to conduct assessments of cognitive, behavioral, and academic needs of children and youth
  • be able to impact K-12 student learning

Program Requirements

The Doane College Master of Arts in School Counseling program is designed for licensed teachers who have taught for two years. It will include:

  • 48 hours of course work
  • 100 hours of school based practicum experiences
  • 450 internship hours as designated by the Nebraska Department of Education

Admission Requirements

  • A copy of your current teaching certificate
  • Evidence of 2 years teaching experience
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.80 or higher
  • A graduate GPA of 3.0 after 9 hours of course work
  • Three written letters of recommendation
  • Provisional admittance to the graduate program


Courses offered for the school counseling program are a blend of Master of Education (EDU/COE) and Master of Arts in Counseling (COU) program courses.  Per credit hour costs for both programs can be found on the Financial Aid tuition page.

Our Mission

To prepare graduates to become highly competent school counselors through the ability to reflect, work collaboratively and respond to student needs.

Get Started

Contact us today to get started:

Leslie Harms;
Lyn Forester;


Required courses for Master of Arts in Counseling: School Counseling:

EDU-601 Critical Issues in Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)
EDU-602 Assessment of Learning (3 credits)
EDU-603 Research Methods (3 credits)
EDU-604 Culminating Project (3 credits)
     OR EDL-695 Project Implementation (3 credits) and COU Elective (3 credits)
EDU/COE 615 Counseling Skills and Crisis Intervention (3 credits)
COU-635 Human Development Across the Life Span (3 credits)
COU-618 Mental Health Ethics, Law and Professional Practice (3 credits)
COE-650 Programming for School Counseling (3 credits)
COE-610 Assessment of Literacy in School Counseling (3 credits)
COE-601 Counseling Theories and Methods for K-12 Schools (3 credits) - take concurrently with COE-602
COE-602 Practicum Lab in Counseling (3 credits) - take concurrently with COE-601; 150 hours in school based activities in 7-12, K-6 or K-12 sites
COU-634 Group Processes (3 credits)
COE-691 Internship in Counseling (3 credits) - may be K-6, 7-12 or K-12
COE-640 Counseling for Gender and Diverse Populations (3 credits)
COE-620 School Guidance Curriculum (3 credits)
COE-630 Social and Cultural Awareness in School Counseling (3 credits)

TOTAL: 48 hours