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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.

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Certificate Option

Individuals with an active LPC license who are interested in becoming a school counselor can enroll in a 23-credit (four-semester) School Counseling certificate program that prepares you to sit for the OAE exam. The certificate program can be completed in-person, online or hybrid.

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. Brenda Gerhardt, Program Coordinator at bgerhardt1@udayton.edu 

Application Deadlines

  • Summer Enrollment Applications:  November 10
  • Early Fall Enrollment Applications: January 10
  • Late Enrollment Applications: April 10
FOR FALL 2024, WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL APPLICATION WINDOW. APPLY NOW.

 Admission Interview Schedule for Summer and Fall 2024

  • Round 1: December 16, 2023 / Summer admission and GA eligible 
  • Round 2: January 20, 2024 / Early Fall admission and GA eligible (summer applicants are eligible for this interview time)
  • Round 3: March 9, 2024 / Fall admission, GA eligibility closed
  • Round 4: April 27, 2024 / Late admission Summer and Fall, GA eligibility closed 

For Fall 2024, we are continuing to interview applicants outside of the traditional window. We will set up an interview after your application has been completed.

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.

Chi Sigma Iota

Clinical Mental Health 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.

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.

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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.

CONTACT

School Counseling Program

Fitz Hall, Room 629
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2962
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hours of internship experience, which takes place in a K-12 school district