School Guidance Counseling degree overview

Master of Arts in Education: School Guidance Counseling - AZ

Through Ottawa University’s Master's degree in Education with a School Guidance Counseling specialization, you will gain the skills needed to guide students through their formative education years. These courses provide in-depth, realistic strategies for working with students in a dynamic school and community environment. Early intervention and team consultation methods help you make a difference in the lives of students.

The graduate program in School Guidance Counseling prepares candidates to work as competent, responsible and ethical professionals in school settings. The Master’s degree program promotes a theory-to-application approach in understanding life span development resulting in K-12 student learning and career development. The program prepares candidates to plan, develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs that are culturally sensitive while promoting the career, personal, social and academic development of children and adolescents. Because this is a State-Board-approved program, successful graduates are eligible for certification from the Arizona Department of Education.  Students are required to complete the mandatory credit hours and hours of a practicum in a school setting.

Guidance counselor education coursework explores subjects such as group counseling and dynamics, life planning and career development in counseling, trauma informed care in education, and more.

Degree Outcomes

Upon completion of our school counseling specialization and school counseling programs, you will have developed the skills and knowledge necessary to:
  • Measure the effectiveness of school curricula, programs, services and activities
  • Assume leadership positions in education
  • Improve your teaching abilities
  • Create a more well-rounded learning experience
  • Encourage communities and schools to focus on educational improvements
  • Prepare for changes in the education industry
  • Continue growing professionally
Important to note – This program completion is designed to meet the school guidance counseling requirements for certification in Arizona. In Arizona, neither teaching experience nor teacher certification is required to be a school guidance counselor.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.
For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Master of Arts in Education: School Guidance Counseling Courses

Foundation Courses

Counseling & the Helping Professions | EDC 7133
Examines the counseling process, instruction and practice in communication skills in counseling, history, development, and practice of counseling as a profession,and how and where counseling is provided.

Research: Assessment and Evaluation | EDF 7163
Develop conceptual and analytical skills and knowledge to assess organizational needs and program effectiveness through the use of research methodologies.

Theories of Trauma, Grief, and Loss | EDC 7303
Examination of the dynamics of grief, loss, and trauma and the role of the counselor in elementary, secondary, and community college settings in supporting students who have experienced loss or trauma.

School Counseling in Changing Environments | EDF 7403
Examination of the role of the counselor in elementary, secondary and community college settings including counselor, advisor, educator, advocate and consultant. Study of exemplary models of school counseling programs effective with diverse and changing populations.

Master's Research Project | EDF 8503
Prepare major culminating scholarly project directly relevant to the program of study. Approved project proposal required.

Concentration Courses

Social/Cultural Concerns in Counseling | EDC 7433
Study of social, cultural and gender differences and issues related to counseling clients with various backgrounds, beliefs and concerns. Includes multicultural counseling techniques.

Life Planning & Career Development in School Counseling | EDC 7824
Focus on tools and techniques used in life planning and career development for elementary and high school students.

Group Counseling & Dynamics | EDC 7933
Study of theories of group counseling and techniques of observation, assessment and leadership in therapeutic groups.

Professional and Ethical Issues of School Counselors | EDC 8014
Study of the ethical, legal and professional concerns of school guidance counselors and preparation for the school guidance practicum.

Designing and Leading CCBP | EDC 8023
This source examines several aspects of the school reform movement, including an in-depth look at the criticism of school guidance counseling programs. Students will study the implications for the Comprehensive School Counseling Programs by focusing on the models that may be used to design and implement school counseling programs. The course will focus on The Comprehensive School Counseling Model and the ASCA National Model. Students will learn how to organize comprehensive school programs and address the process of redesigning school counseling programs.

Practicum in School Counseling | EDC 8463
Individually designed course offering opportunity to practice individual and group counseling under professional supervision in an appropriate level school setting. Approved written proposal required.

Practicum in School Counseling II | EDC 8493
Individually-designed course offering opportunity to practice individual and group counseling under professional supervision in an appropriate school setting.  Prerequisite: EDC 8463 School Counseling Practicum I.

Additional state-specific components many be required. Contact your advisor for details.

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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