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School Counseling (Counseling, M.S.Ed.)

This program prepares students to practice as professional school counselors in K-12 educational settings and meets the school counseling licensing requirements in Virginia. The School Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Additionally, students can expect to receive training on the American School Counselor Association National Model through didactic and experiential instruction.

School Counseling (Counseling, M.S.Ed.)


Description


What is School Counseling at ODU like?

This program prepares students to practice as professional school counselors in K-12 educational settings and meets the school counseling licensing requirements in Virginia. The School Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Additionally, students can expect to receive training on the American School Counselor Association National Model through didactic and experiential instruction.

Program Highlights


What makes School Counseling at ODU unique?

  • Elect to take courses as a full-time or part-time student

  • Courses are offered in the late-afternoons and evenings to accommodate students with multiple responsibilities

  • Study abroad opportunities available internationally as part of your coursework

  • Graduates meet requirements for the Virginia Licensed School Counselor credential

  • Graduates who complete electives in diagnosis, addictions, and family dynamics can also meet requirements for both the Licensed Professional Counselor and the Licensed School Counselor credentials

  • Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP)

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors

$58,620

MEDIAN SALARY


Counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.

Mental Health Counselors

MEDIAN SALARY


Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Ocean Lakes High School (Virginia Beach, VA), Norfolk Collegiate School (Norfolk, VA), Deep Creek Central Elementary (Chesapeake, VA)  

Courses


What are some courses offered in School Counseling at ODU?

COUN 642:
Structured Counseling Groups


This course is designed to prepare students to facilitate structured counseling groups for children and adolescents primarily in the K-12 school setting. CACREP Required Content: GROUP WORK - studies that provide both theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society, including all of the following: (a) principles of group dynamics, including group process components, developmental stage theories, group members' roles and behaviors, and therapeutic factors of group work; (b) group leadership or facilitation styles and approaches, including characteristics of various types of group leaders and leadership styles; (c) theories of group counseling, including commonalities, distinguishing characteristics, and pertinent research and literature; and (d) group counseling methods, including group counselor orientations and behaviors, appropriate selection criteria and methods, and methods of evaluation of effectiveness. Students will be required to complete 30 hours of fieldwork with K-12 aged youth, preferably in a school setting. Prerequisites: Admission to Counseling graduate program or graduate program director approval; COUN 601, COUN 633, COUN 650 and COUN 678.

COUN 676:
Professional Issues in School Counseling K-12


A professional seminar that emphasizes the contemporary role of the school counselor as leader and advocate in delivering school counseling programs to all students. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to negotiate the cultural, educational, and contextual forces that impact the lives and academic achievement of students in a pluralistic society. Twenty hours of observation in a school is required. Completion of a background check is required prior to commencing the field placement. In addition, students are also required to attend a one-day program on a pre-determined date during the semester. Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling Graduate Program or graduate director approval.

COUN 678:
Counseling Children and Adolescents in School Settings


This course will provide an overview of theories and techniques of counseling children and adolescents in school settings. Emphasis will be placed upon the counselor's role as a facilitator of normal developmental processes to promote academic success. Prerequisites: Admission to the Counseling graduate program or graduate director approval; COUN 601, COUN 633, and COUN 650.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for School Counseling at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science in Education program in School Counseling should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Applicants may hold a bachelor’s degree in any field and must submit the following:

  • Online application at the Office of Graduate Admissions website

  • Current resume

  • Essay

  • Official Transcripts

  • GRE Scores (waived for October 1st, 2020 applications)

  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Assistantships


Counseling master’s degree students are sometimes awarded assistantships in various ODU offices including Academic Skills, Financial Aid, Office of Intercultural Relations, Resident Life, Student Activities, Student Development, Student Health Services, Student Life, and Vice President of Student Services. Students interesting in obtaining an assistantship should apply directly to offices on campus that have assistantships.

Next Steps


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Counseling Master's and Ed.S. Programs Director


Name:

Dr. Emily Goodman-Scott


Location:

2128 EDUCATION BUILDING, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-7142


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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