The Department of Professional Counseling is introducing a School Counseling emphasis (K-12) for the Master of Arts in Counseling at the Webster Groves campus. This emphasis is designed for individuals wishing to work as professional school counselors in the state of Missouri. The 2.5 year program will provide students with exposure to a wide variety of school populations including vulnerable and underserved communities in both urban and rural settings. The program has a strong emphasis on equality, diversity, and inclusion of all students.
Students in this degree program will have the additional opportunity to specialize in specific content areas that will further enhance their preparation to work in the schools. Individuals who are already teacher certified will be able to choose a focus on Response to Intervention(RTI)/Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS); Psychoeducational needs of immigrant and refugee youth; or Fostering resilience in at risk children and youth. Non teacher-certified students will focus on completion of Missouri requirements for teacher certification.
Upon completion of the degree, students will be eligible to apply for school counselor certification in Missouri at both the K-8 level and the 7-12 level based on the level at which they complete their field experience. Students who plan to seek certification in other states should consult the certifying entities to obtain more information.
This emphasis of the MA in Counseling is only offered at the home campus in Webster Groves starting August 2017. Students can apply today to start in August or January.