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About School Counseling (M.S.E.)

Welcome to the Master of Science in Education School Ccounseling Program! As a school counselor, you touch the lives of people at some of the most difficult times of their lives. Your interaction not only affects the lives of the students you help but also can positively change the well-being of an entire community.

"Building Learning Communities Through Critical Reflection"

Our program prepares you for this role through a 48-credit hour program that incorporates 600 hours of internship in a school setting. You will integrate the best in scholarly theory with the invaluable opportunity of actual practice. This work will allow you to develop as a counselor with the ability to truly lead and serve.

This school counseling degree provides preparation for individuals who desire to be school counselors. The degree program specifically comprises 30 semester hours of coursework aligned with the CACREP eight common core areas and 18 semester hours of coursework in school counseling.

Prerequisites for school counselor licensure include either (1) a master's degree in counseling and two years of successful teaching experience under a standard teacher certificate or provisional or professional teacher license as well as successful completion of an internship consisting 600 contact hours in a school setting, OR (2) a master's degree in counseling, successful completion of an internship consisting of 600 contact hours in a school setting as well as a one-year induction under the supervision of a licensed school counselor. Upon completion of the master's degree, the Ohio Department of Education requires the PRAXIS specialty examination in school counseling.

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Program Highlights

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What will you be learning?

Faculty members conduct regular curriculum reviews to make class content current, relevant, and comprehensive.  


  • EDC 544 Philosophical, Professional, Ethical, & Legal Aspects of Counseling
  • EDC 575 Counseling Diverse Populations
  • EDC 531 Personality & Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • EDC 529 Career Counseling
  • EDC 543 Theories & Techniques of Counseling
  • EDC 545 Counseling Techniques Lab
  • EDC 583 Theories & Techniques of Group Counseling
  • EDC 535 Assessment in Counseling
  • EDC 568 Research & Evaluation in Human Services
  • EDC 522 Introduction to School Counseling
  • EDC 532 Special Education and the School Counselor
  • EDC 542 Crisis Intervention & Prevention in Educational Settings
  • EDC 546 School Counseling Program Development & Implementation
  • EDC 547 Consultation & Leadership in School Counseling
  • EDC 548 Counseling Children & Adolescents
  • EDC 548L Counseling Children & Adolescents Lab
  • EDC 585 Practicum in School Counseling
  • EDC 599 Internship in School Counseling (must be taken three times with a total of 600 clock hours)

Visit the Galleries & Resources tab to access the following:

  • Course matrices
  • Course schedules
  • Checksheets
  • Program and department handouts
  • Seminars
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Gain professional experience!

The School Counseling Program is designed so coursework in principles and practices of school counseling are integrated into both practicum and internship experiences. These clinical experiences are intended to provide school counselor candidates with opportunities to perform a variety of counseling activities licensed professional school counselors perform. Practicum consists of 100 clock hours of time spent at a designated school site. Internship consists of 600 clock hours of time at the same site or within the district directly following the practicum experience.

Practicum is expected to be completed over the course of one semester and Internship is divided into three sections of 200 clock hours, which must cover a minimum of two semesters, but can be completed at a pace congruent with each candidate's plan to meet this requirement. Throughout both field experiences, candidates will receive supervision at their site by a licensed professional school counselor as well as at the university by licensed school counseling faculty. During the semester prior to enrollment in practicum, students are required to complete an online practicum application and attend an orientation session. 

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Meet Our Faculty & Staff!

Program Coordinator

Alan Demmitt, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Department of Counselor Education & Human Services
School of Education & Health Sciences
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Chaminade 301
Dayton, OH 45469-2962

Phone: 937-229-3644
Fax: 937-229-1055

You can also reach us at our toll free number 800-259-8710, #1.

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Get outside the classroom!

The School Counseling Program offers students more than just classroom learning. Students in the department have access to a wide variety of opportunities and activities to develop the skills they're learning in their courses, fieldwork and research.

Study Abroad in Argentina!

In 2010 and 2011, students participated in an optional study abroad course in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This opportunity enabled students to learn about another culture by visiting schools, agencies, and neighborhoods in another country.

Another trip is planned for Summer 2014! Please check back for more information.

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Graduate Assistantships

A variety of assistantship opportunities are available for students who are enrolled in the program. Recipients receive an annual stipend and tuition credits. More than 50% of full time school psychology students received assistantship funding for the 2012-13 school year. These included a variety of positions in the department, university, and community, including the following placements: 

  • Community Wellness Services
  • Learning Teaching Center
  • Residential Coordinator
  • Teacher Education Department
  • Catholic Leadership Institute
  • SOEAP Center for Catholic Education
  • Montgomery County Learning Centers
  • Urban Teacher Academy
  • Ready Set Soar at the Miami Valley Regional Center
  • Departmental Administrative/Research Assistant positions

Learn more about applying for Graduate Assistantships with the university >>

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Chi Sigma Iota

Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators established at Ohio University in 1985. Our mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. There are currently 251 chapters (including University of Dayton’s Upsilon Delta Chapter), 11,247 active members (including UD’s 133 active members), and 56,682 initiated members as of January 31, 2008. Upsilon Delta is University of Dayton’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.

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Regional and National Organizations

American Counseling Association
A professional organization dedicated to the growth and development of the counseling profession and those who are served.

American School Counselors Association
A professional organization that supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. 

Graduate Community Fellows
Graduate fellows in the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community help build community partnerships to benefit the wider Dayton community while enhancing the learning experience of University of Dayton students through service. 

Ohio Counseling Association
A professional organization representing all licensed counselors, and those in graduate training to be counselors, in Ohio. 

Ohio School Counselors Association
A professional organization that represents and advocates for the interests of professional school counselors in Ohio.

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Hear what former graduates have to say!

Jessie Combs
School Counselor, Cambridge City Schools 

The University of Dayton is well known and highly respected. The school counseling program is rigorous and thankfully so because I was/am confident in my abilities and knowledge as a result of this program. The counselor friendships I made while at UD are priceless! I use these friendships frequently as contacts for advice or school situations and second opinions. The UD graduate professors are truly amazing. These professors understand the material and are perfectly suited for educating future counselors. I still contact them for encouragement and advice. I can't say enough about the quality of the program that UD provides. With the many options available, there has never been a doubt in my mind that I chose the right school and program! I am the school counselor I am today because of UD, the exemplary program, the hard work, and the supportive and knowledgeable professors that this awesome university provides.

Lavonne King
Guidance Counselor, Licking Heights West

I was really nervous when I began the school counseling graduate program. I am a single mother and my son was fairly young. I was also working full time. I was expected to complete my assignments but my professors were well aware that many of us had families. The program was flexible enough for my lifestyle. I was also nervous because it had been years since I had been in school. It worked out really well because rarely did we work in isolation. We worked in groups. By working in groups, I bonded well with other potential school counselors. I continue to collaborate with those with whom I bonded. 

Alicia Mulkey
School Counselor, Southwestern City Schools 

The Counselor Education program at the University of Dayton was a remarkable experience that taught me the ins and outs of being a school counselor. The fundamental knowledge base of counseling was a dominate aspect of the program in which I still refer back to notes and textbooks in daily practice. As a current school counselor, I feel competent and content in my work with children. I gained knowledge as well as professional relationships and friendships that I will cherish for a lifetime.

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Apply to School Counseling!

The application process is online, easy, and free!

Admissions Requirements

Download the documents below to view admissions requirements for each Counselor Education & Human Services degree program.

School Counseling (pdf) >>

Application Deadlines

  • Summer deadline: January 10
  • Fall deadline: April 10