School Counseling, M.S.Ed.

Welcome to the Department of Counseling & School Psychology at UNK! We are excited that you are interested in a career in School Counseling. The program is designed to prepare dynamic, experienced teachers for employment as counselors in elementary, middle/junior and high school. Graduates of the program are prepared to:

  • Know the role and function of a school counselor.
  • Understand diversity within the school environment and recognize the needs of children from special populations.
  • Be familiar with the legislation and policies relevant to school counseling.
  • Understand the legal and ethical issues of the school counseling profession.
  • Implement the Nebraska Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program Model.
  • Organize their work schedules around the following basic interventions:
    • Individual counseling
    • Small group counseling
    • Large group guidance
    • Consultation for parents, families & school personnel
    • Student advocacy
    • Referrals
    • Career exploration

Department Strengths

  • Our Students - we attract outstanding graduate students.
  • Our Faculty:
    • Licensed and certified faculty with clinical experience in mental health agencies, private practice, in-patient, and out-patient mental health programs, schools, and college student affairs.
    • Nationally and internationally renowned faculty members offer a wide range of interests and expertise.
    • Commitment to professional and personal development of students.
    • Foster and mentor student involvement in professional associations, membership, leadership, presentations, and publications.
  • Accredited by the National Council For Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) for School Counselor Endorsements at PK-6 and 7-12 levels.
  • State of the art, on-site clinic for counselor training that involves client sessions, live and post hoc supervision, reflecting teams, and field-based experiences.
  • Flexible course scheduling to accommodate students who are employed full-time including evening, blended, on-line and video conferencing courses.
  • Active chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honorary society.
  • Successful history of career placement of interns and graduates.

Course Outlook

A minimum of 43 hours of graduate coursework is required, most of which can be taken in the summer. Please find additional information within our School Counseling Brochure. We are looking forward to learning more about you and your interest in the School Counseling program at UNK. The faculty would be glad to talk with you about the counseling program and profession. Come learn with us!!

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