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School Counseling (MSE)

Preparing school counselors to make a difference

UD School Counseling graduates

Graduate students in the School Counseling program at the University of Dayton gain the knowledge and skills needed to become positive voices advocating for the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of children in PK-12 school systems as professional school counselors.

Our courses reflect the most current advances in the field of school counseling and education. School counseling faculty work to empower all students to embrace holistic, ethical and innovative approaches to personal life, professional endeavors, and the school systems we serve. We affirm that diversity, equity, and inclusion are inextricably linked with excellence. Our faculty intentionally pursue these core values, which align with the UD mission of building community in the world and working for justice for all people.

Diversity enriches our learning environment and expands our institutional ability, intelligence, and creativity. We encourage diverse students to apply to our program to build a multi-dimensional community of learners.

Our 48-credit hour master's degree program incorporates 600 internship hours in a school setting. As a scholar-practitioner, you will learn to integrate scholarly theory with professional service in your local community.

Upon completion of the master's degree, the Ohio Department of Education requires the Ohio Assessment for Educators specialty examination in school counseling.

Program highlights

  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Private university education at the cost of a public university
  • Scholar-practitioner model of educating students
  • Course content blended with professional practice
  • Opportunity for study abroad experience
  • Nationally accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and aligned with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards
  • A sense of community and support

Program objectives

Upon completion of the school counseling program, students will:

  • Demonstrate a professional school counselor identity through participation in professional organizations, acquisition of ethical and legal knowledge and recognition of a professional developmental process.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to enable an appreciation of cultural differences and their influence on counseling practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply an understanding of the process of human development as holistic and developmental.
  • Demonstrate abilities to successfully practice school counselor professional duties in the K-12 school setting by acquiring the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to design and implement comprehensive school counseling programs as defined by the ASCA National Model.

University's stance on anti-racism

According to the National Museum of African American History and Culture becoming anti-racist is a choice to "become actively conscious about race and racism and take actions to end racial inequities in our daily lives. Being anti-racist is believing that racism is everyone’s problem, and we all have a role to play in stopping it." Anti-racism involves acknowledging and understanding privilege, working to change internalized racism, and interrupting racism when it is encountered.


Department of Counselor Education and Human Services

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962