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School Counseling Concentration

Mount Mary University’s accredited Master of Science in Counseling school counseling concentration prepares you for a career in supporting students with academic development, career development and concerns in personal, social or emotional health and development.

School counselors generally work in K-12 school settings and work with teachers, principals and parents to help students achieve and prepare for life transitions, post-high school training, education and employment. School counselors also may provide consultation for other special needs and circumstances.

By completing the school counseling program, you will meet the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's requirements for the Early Childhood/Adolescence school counselor license (license code 54).

School Counseling Degree Requirements

The 48-credit school counseling concentration requires you to:

  • complete all required and elective program coursework (see below)
  • perform 600 on-site hours of internship experiences in a K-12 school setting
  • prepare a PI 34 Pupil Service Standards portfolio and self-assessment
  • complete a comprehensive exam (if you don’t wish to pursue a Ph.D.) or complete a 6-9 research/thesis credits (if you are interested in pursing a Ph.D. in counseling psychology or related discipline)

The following courses are required for this concentration:

Assessment and Development (9 credits)

  • CON 630: Behavioral Science Statistics & Research
  • CON 720: Counseling Assessment & Program Evaluation
  • CON 750: Counseling Across the Lifespan

Counseling Core (21 credits)

  • CON 600: Professional Identity & Ethics
  • CON 601: Orientation to School Counseling (0 credits, register fall prior to internship)
  • CON 610: Theories of Counseling
  • CON 611: Career Development
  • CON 612: Techniques of Counseling
  • CON 700: Multicultural Counseling
  • CON 740: Group Procedures in Counseling
  • CON 741: Family Systems Theory, Research & Practice

School Counseling Concentration (12 credits)

  • CON 712: Counseling Children & Adolescents
  • CON 730: Counseling in Schools
  • CON 796: Internship I (School placement)
  • CON 797: Internship II (School placement)

Elective Courses (6 credits)

  • EDU 703: Exceptional Learners
  • EDU 742: Instructional Strategies

For certified teachers, 6 credits of electives (in place of EDU 703 and EDU 742) must be selected upon consultation with your graduate adviser.

See complete degree requirements and a listing of courses in the Graduate Bulletin (PDF) .

School Counseling Plus Licensed Professional Counselor Option

If you’re interested in pursing a school counseling degree, as well as eligibility for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) status in Wisconsin, you must complete an additional 15 credits to meet the requirement of 63 total credit hours. The following courses are required, in addition to the 48 credits for the school counseling concentration, to meet the LPC option:

  • CON 770: Psychopathology
  • CON 785: Advanced Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • CON 795: Supervised Practicum (Community placement)
  • CON 796: Internship I (Community placement)
  • CON 797: Internship II (Community placement)

School Counseling Practicum Sites

Our faculty will help you secure a practicum and internship site. Practicum and internship sites for school counseling students are located in southeastern Wisconsin and include:

Check out these locations:
    • Brookfield East High School (Brookfield)
    • Catholic Memorial High School (Waukesha)
    • Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (Milwaukee)
    • Dominican High School (Whitefish Bay)
    • Greendale High School (Greendale)
    • Green Tree Elementary (West Bend)
    • Homestead High School (Mequon)
    • John Paul II Academy (Racine)
    • Lake Bluff Elementary (Shorewood)
    • Lake Denoon Middle School (Muskego)
    • Longfellow Middle School (Wauwatosa)
    • Madison Elementary School (Wauwatosa)
    • Messmer Preparatory Catholic School (Milwaukee)
    • Mother of Good Council School (Milwaukee)
    • Muskego High School (Muskego)
    • Neenah High School (Neenah)
    • New Berlin West Middle/High School (New Berlin)
    • New London Middle School (New London)
    • Northwest Secondary School (Milwaukee)
    • Oak Creek West Middle School (Oak Creek)
    • Pilgrim Park Middle School (Brookfield)
    • Pius XI High School (Milwaukee)
    • Shepard Hills Elementary (Oak Creek)
    • Shorewood High School (Shorewood)
    • Shorewood Intermediate School (Shorewood)
    • Silverbrook Middle School (West Bend)
    • Silver Lake Middle School (Oconomowoc)
    • St John's Lutheran School (Racine)
    • Union Grove Elementary School (Union Grove)
    • West Bend West High School (West Bend)

Transfer Credits

A maximum of 9 credits or 30 percent of total program credits, whichever is greater, may be transferred from other regionally accredited institutions with the approval of the program director. All transfer credits must be at a grade B or better, and must be documented with official transcripts. Credit earned prior to admission will be evaluated during the admission process only.