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School Counseling (MSE)

Preparing School Counselors to Make a Difference

As a UD School Counseling student, you'll 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. Courses are blended with professional practice and reflect the most current advances in the field of school counseling and education.

Faculty strive to empower all students to embrace holistic, ethical and innovative approaches to personal life, professional endeavors, and the school systems we serve. Diversity enriches our learning environment and expands our institutional ability, intelligence, and creativity.

To receive your license, you're required to pass the the Ohio Assessment for Educators exam in school counseling.

Program Accreditation & Approval

The UD School Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is approved by the Ohio Department of EducationIn 2023 CACREP will require completion of 60 credit hours of coursework to meet the accreditation degree requirements in all accredited School Counseling programs.  CACREP recognizes that the program meets or exceeds national standards, ensures that graduates have met prerequisites for credentialing and are ready for entry into professional practice, and focuses on professional counseling, not psychology, education or other helping professions. The program is also aligned with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards.

We invite you to apply to the University of Dayton School Counseling Program. For additional questions, contact Dr. Layla Kurt, Program Coordinator at 

Application Deadlines

  • Summer Enrollment Applications:  November 10
  • Early Fall Enrollment Applications: January 10
  • Late Enrollment Applications: April 10

 Admission Interview Schedule for Summer and Fall 2023

  • Round 1: December 17, 2022 / Summer admission and GA eligible 
  • Round 2: January 14, 2023 / Early Fall admission and GA eligible (summer applicants are eligible for this interview time)
  • Round 3: March 11, 2023 / Fall admission, GA eligibility closed
  • Round 4: April 29, 2023 / Late admission Summer and Fall, GA eligibility closed 

A High-Quality Education

  • Two Campuses Available
  • Student Organization
  • Alignment with UD Values
  • Take Courses in Dayton or the Columbus Metro Area

    UD School Counseling students have the flexibility of attending classes UD's main campus in Dayton, Ohio, or at the DeSales Campus, located in the Columbus metropolitan area.

    Explore the DeSales Campus

    School Counseling students are invited to join Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators. Its 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.

    Explore Chi Sigma Iota

    UD and the School Counseling program affirm that diversity, equity, and inclusion are inextricably linked with excellence, these core values align with our mission of building community in the world and working for justice for all people. As a Catholic and Marianist institution, UD embraces diversity and is committed to honoring the intrinsic value and dignity of all people, no matter their race, religion, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, (dis)ability, ideology, and other expressions of human difference. UD and the School Counseling program commit to eliminating discriminatory or hateful words and actions, pursuing equity, and becoming known as a fully inclusive and welcoming environment for learning, discovery, and community engagement.

    Explore UD's Steps Toward Becoming an Anti-Racist University

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Student Research

    Students work alongside faculty to conduct and publish research in respected journals. Students also participate in UD's annual Stander Symposium, a campus-wide event that allows students from all disciplines to showcase their intellectual accomplishments.

    Study Abroad

    Summer programs in locations such as Costa Rica offer opportunities for students to immerse themselves in experiential learning in local schools and diverse communities. They also interact with students and educators to help develop a deeper sense of self-awareness in a global context. Students have also participated in community services projects while abroad, including Mangrove reforestation.

    Graduate Assistantships

    School Counseling students must be accepted into the program, and must be enrolled full time at UD's main campus in Dayton upon accepting an assistantship. GAs are typically employed for 20 hours per week on a 9-month contract, and they receive partial tuition remission and a monthly stipend.

    Private University Education at the Cost of a Public University

    The UD School Counseling program, part of the School of Education and Health Sciences, offers a private university education at the cost of a public university. Discover tuition costs per semester for SEHS by clicking the link below.


    Experiential Learning

    Real-World Experience

    School Counseling students complete a 100-hour practicum, where they can start to hone the skills needed for professional practice. Students also participate in a 600-hour internship, which takes place in a K-12 school district. In both instances, students are supervised by qualified school counselors and a UD instructor.


    School Counseling Program

    Fitz Hall, Room 629
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962


    hours of internship experience, which takes place in a K-12 school district