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
  • CON 711: Academic and Career Planning

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

Badger Middle School (West Bend)
Blakewood Elementary (South Milwaukee)
Brookfield East High School (Brookfield)
Catholic East Schools (Milwaukee)
Dominican High School (Whitefish Bay)
Greendale High School (Greendale)
Glen Hills Middle School (Glendale)
Homestead High School (Mequon)
Longfellow Middle School (Wauwatosa)
Madison Elementary School (Wauwatosa)
Messmer High School (Milwaukee)
Messmer Preparatory Catholic School (Milwaukee)
Milwaukee Public High Schools
Muskego High School (Muskego)
Northwest Catholic School (Milwaukee)
Pilgrim Park Middle School (Brookfield)
Pius XI High School (Milwaukee)
Shepard Hills Elementary (Oak Creek)
Shorewood High School (Shorewood)
Shorewood Intermediate School (Shorewood)
Silver Lake Middle School (Oconomowoc)
Slinger High School (Slinger)
St. Anthony's Middle School (Milwaukee)
St. Dominic Catholic School (Brookfield)
Waukesha North High School (Waukesha)
Waukesha South High School (Waukesha)
Waukesha West High School (Waukesha)
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.