Curriculum: M.Coun. in School Counseling

The Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) graduate program with an option in school counseling prepares professional counselors who promote the social, psychological and physical well being of individuals, families, communities and organizations in order to continually improve global welfare. At the completion of this program, students earn a Master of Counseling degree from Oregon State University.

Our program faculty believe professional counselors stand for social, economic and political justice and therefore must be prepared to be proactive educators, change agents and advocates in the face of injustice. Development across the life span, cultural diversity and a global perspective are integral to the preparation of professional counselors.

This is a 75-credit master's program emphasizing:

  • Academic excellence
  • Competence in counseling skills
  • Personal growth

Our faculty strongly believe that professional counseling is grounded in a personal and professional code of ethics. To effectively counsel others, students must find a workable integration of theory, philosophy and technical skills that are consistent with the students’ self-views and beliefs about the nature of people. 

Flexible learning format

Course work is delivered in a hybrid format with 50 percent of the instruction done online and 50 percent in face-to-face classroom meetings, held twice a term in Salem, Ore. During fall, winter and spring terms, classroom meetings will be held the first and ninth weekends (Friday and Saturday); and during summer term, the meetings will be held the first and seventh weekends (Friday and Saturday).

Online practicum and internship courses during year 2 and 3 are synchronous, which require “live” online attendance during specific dates/times.

Curriculum overview (courses in the program):

  • Pre-practicum
  • Practicum in Counseling*
  • Counseling Internship
  • Developmental Perspectives in Counseling
  • Social & Cultural Perspectives
  • Addictive Behavior Counseling
  • Legal, Ethical, Professional Issues in Counseling
  • Leadership of School Counseling Programs
  • Special Education Issues
  • Theory & Techniques of Counseling
  • Theory & Techniques of Child & Adolescent Counseling
  • Intro to Research Methods in Education
  • Appraisal of the Individual
  • Lifestyle & Career Development
  • Group Counseling Procedures
  • Family Counseling
  • Applied Psychopath & Diagnosis
  • Crisis, Grief and Loss
  • Cross-cultural Counseling
  • Consultation

* Practicum I requires four hours per week in the schools; Practicum II requires six hours per week in the schools; Internship – 600 hours completed over four or five terms in order to graduate.

Please note: Students who do not have a teaching license will need to take COUN 591 and COUN 592 to fulfill the TSPC requirement of a 200-hour teaching practicum experience. These two classes are not required for graduation but are for licensure purposes.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

In compliance with an agreement with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission for participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), Oregon State University provides information regarding professional licensure through distance education. The courses and programs, delivered online by OSU Ecampus, are not formally approved for professional licensure outside of the state of Oregon.

To determine whether these courses or programs meet licensure requirements in your state, you must contact the appropriate licensing board(s). Visit our license disclosure webpage for each state's contact information.

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