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 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:
Counseling Core (30 credits)
- CON 600: Professional Identity & Ethics
- CON 601: Orientation to School Counseling (0 credits, 1st Friday of December)
- CON 610: Theories of Counseling
- CON 611: Career Development
- CON 612: Techniques of Counseling
- CON 630: Behavioral Science Statistics and Research
- CON 700: Multicultural Counseling
- CON 720: Counseling Assessment and Program Evaluation
- CON 740: Group Procedures in Counseling
- CON 741: Family Systems Theory, Research & Practice
- CON 750: Counseling Across the Lifespan
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 pursuing a school counseling degree, as well as eligibility for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) status in Wisconsin, you must complete an additional 24 credits to meet the requirements of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. The following courses are needed, in addition to the 48 credits for the school counseling concentration, to meet the LPC option:
- CON 650: Trauma Counseling I
- CON 714: Addiction Counseling
- CON 715: Professional Issues in Addiction Counseling or CON 775: Psychopharmacology
- CON 770: Psychopathology
- CON 785: Advanced Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- CON 795: Supervised Practicum
- CON 796: Counseling Internship I (CMHC placement)
- CON 797: Counseling Internship II (CMHC placement)
School Counseling Post-Master's Certificate
Post-Master’s Certificates in Counseling are designed for students who have previously received a master’s degree in the counseling field and who seek an additional area of concentration in which to be licensed. In most cases specific licenses are granted by a state regulating and licensing boards and in some cases licensing or credentialing may be awarded by a national professional organization. See the curriculum requirements based on your previous degree.
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:
Practicum and Internship Sites
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.