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Master of Science in Education – Counseling, School Counseling Track online

Prepare to support today's students in achieving mental health wellness with specialized instruction and innovative coping mechanisms.

03/01/21 Next Application Due Date
03/22/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

$25,920 Total Tuition
As few as 24 months Program Duration
54 Credit Hours

Designed for teachers and nonteachers, the Master of Science in Education – Counseling, School Counseling Track online offers graduate students advanced professional training in the field of counseling at the school or district level and academically prepares them for the Wisconsin and/or Minnesota school counseling licensure exam(s). A teaching license is not required for admission.

As part of the curriculum, you will refine your counseling acumen in three major areas: the prevention of personal and interpersonal problems, fostering optimal human development, and remediating existing social-emotional-developmental concerns among school-age children.

Rooted in both theory and practice, the MSE in School Counseling online program offers you the opportunity to further expand your critical thinking and gain real-world field experience by participating in internship and practicum courses. To meet graduation requirements, you must engage in 600 internship hours within a school or community (240 of the internship hours must be direct service) and 100 practicum hours. These hours are integrated within the courses to help you meet the required hours faster. Additionally, you must pass the Praxis® Professional School Counselor (5421) exam to graduate.

As a graduate of the MSE in School Counseling online, you will:

  • Be equipped to practice ethically and legally in school settings while relying on evidence-based practices in your work with diverse students and families
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of the role of the counselor, essential interview and rapport processes and the ethical and legal considerations inherent to the counseling process and profession
  • Gain the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary to counsel and teach developmental lessons in the classroom that are appropriate to all ages
  • Engage in on-the-job counseling practice with individuals and groups and in the classroom under the guidance of an on-site supervisor and a university faculty supervisor
  • Enhance your counseling acumen and teach to the specific age of children in accordance to the seven Wisconsin DPI Pupil Services Standards

Career outcomes for the MSE in School Counseling online include:

  • Licensed K-12 school counselor (public, private, charter)
  • Licensed school district counselor
  • Licensed university/college counselor
  • Career counselor
  • Guidance counselor
  • Postsecondary teacher

Licensure and Certification

UW-Superior education programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to fulfill licensure requirements for the state of Wisconsin. As licensure requirements may change without notice, it is your responsibility to confirm the requirements for licensure in your state as it applies to the participation in an out-of-state degree program. If you seek licensure in a state other than Wisconsin, please see the UW-Superior Institutional Certification Office web page for further information and assistance.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional accreditation organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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Tuition cost for the Master of Science in Education – School Counseling online degree program is the same affordable price for students who reside in-state or out-of-state. To help make the cost more manageable, students pay for each course as they enroll. There is a $56 application fee and a $60 technology, but all other fees are included in the total cost of tuition.

$480 Per Credit Hour
$25,920* Total Tuition

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The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Education – Counseling, School Counseling Track online:

Program Per Credit Hour* Per Three Credit Hours* Total Tuition*
MSE in School Counseling $480 $1,440 $25,920

*Tuition does not reflect technology fee of $60 per course.


For the convenience of our Master of Science in Education – School Counseling online students, there are multiple start dates each year on the academic calendar. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all the required documents, register for classes and pay for tuition for their desired program start date. You can be Superior any time of the year.

03/01/21 Next Application Due Date
03/22/21 Next Class Start Date

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At the University of Wisconsin-Superior, we offer multiple start dates to accommodate your schedule. Our calendar includes other important dates to make it easier for you to get started on your program.

Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline* Course End Date
2021 Spring I January 25, 2021 January 4, 2021 January 4, 2021 January 18, 2021 January 20, 2021 March 14, 2021
2021 Spring II March 22, 2021 March 1, 2021 March 1, 2021 March 15, 2021 March 17, 2021 May 9, 2021
2021 Summer I May 17, 2021 April 26, 2021 April 26, 2021 May 10, 2021 May 12, 2021 July 4, 2021
2021 Summer II July 5, 2021 June 14, 2021 June 14, 2021 June 28, 2021 June 30, 2021 August 22, 2021

*All payments must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. CST. There will be no exceptions.

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Factors considered for admission include official documents, a professional resume, and a minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA.

Baccalaureate degree From a regionally accredited institution
Professional resume And letter of intent
Minimum 2.75 GPA

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Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75/4.00 or higher on all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. We are unable to accept transcripts from students. If you have taken courses at UW-Superior, transcripts are not required.
  • Resume and Letter of Intent addressing:
    1. Service to community
    2. Volunteer work
    3. Commitment to others
    4. Work and professional goals
    5. Areas which the applicant considers to be his or her strengths or weaknesses
  • Three letters of recommendation (1-2 from postsecondary instructors, 1-2 from an employer; on some occasions, references may be used in lieu of recommendations)
  • No GRE or teaching license required
  • Attest to no criminal background
  • Complete criminal background check

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In order to earn the Master of Science in Education – School Counseling online, students must complete 18 total courses (54 credit hours), which include 14 core courses (42 credit hours) and four track courses (12 credit hours).

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You must complete the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Analysis of counseling theories and practices. Examines several of the major theories—historic and current—of counseling. Serves as an introduction to the field of counseling and to illustrate the diversity of theoretical approaches which exist. Students develop a preliminary theoretical philosophy of counseling. It is one of three courses (COUN 702, 704, 706) that serves as a foundation to the profession and the program.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Overview of the clinical mental health counseling profession and its areas of specialization, training and concern. It examines program development and administration, relevant laws and applications as well as one's professional identity as a counselor. The course covers areas such as prevention, consultation and advocacy. It is one of three courses (COUN 702, 704, 706) that serves as a foundation to the profession and program.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Counseling Processes introduces counseling skill development, emphasizing the skills essential in the interview and rapport-building process. Students develop a thorough understanding of the counseling process as well as the role and function of the counselor. Students also develop self-awareness so the counselor-client relationship is therapeutic and so the counselor sets and maintains appropriate professional boundaries. Examines ethical and legal considerations inherent in the counseling process.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to family systems theory and family therapy techniques. Students develop an understanding of the current epistemological base of family system's theory, major contributors and specifically review structural, strategic, behavioral and communications approaches to family counseling. Students review the organization and dynamics of their own families, coming to understand how their families impact their world perceptions and everyday behavior.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Behavior management principles applied to mental disorders and to improve learning and behavioral outcomes. Students learn how to apply these principles and techniques to aid individuals in the change process. Students plan, implement and evaluate a self-change project which will demonstrate their understanding of the theory and techniques of behavioral self-management. Students will conduct a functional behavior analysis to develop interventions and/or apply a clinical treatment plan to address client psychopathology.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides an understanding of theories of vocational choice and vocational development. Students learn methods of evaluating, promoting and enhancing vocational development in individuals from a diversity of backgrounds. They examine ethical and legal considerations inherent in the career counseling process. Also emphasizes student application of traditional and technology-based career assessment techniques. Students participate in experiential activities that focus on the career development of themselves and others.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students conduct an in-depth self-analysis regarding the manner in which counselor and client values, perceptions, attitudes, acculturative experiences, and communication styles impact the counseling process. Students are encouraged to conduct an in-depth cultural self-analysis regarding the issues they have inherited from their own culture as it relates to helping multicultural clients. Furthermore, students learn theories, skills and cross-cultural counseling strategies necessary in working with ethnically and culturally diverse clients. The cross-cultural counseling strategies include both group and individual techniques. Students examine any ethical and legal considerations inherent in the counseling process in regard to clients from a diversity of backgrounds. Designed for counselors already working in the field and current graduate counseling students. Also helpful for any professional who regularly deals with multicultural individuals.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides students with an in-depth knowledge base of clinical mental health counseling diagnosis and treatment planning. Covers the diagnostic process, including differential diagnosis and the use of diagnostic classification systems such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-V (DSM-5). Training on administration of intake interview, mental status evaluation, biopsychosocial history, mental health history, and psychological assessment for treatment planning and caseload management; and techniques and interventions related to a broad range of mental health issues. Students will develop clinical writing skills for competence with clients. Treatment planning will focus primarily on cognitive behavioral theory and applied intervention strategies based in outcome research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Serves the needs of counselors within the area of practice generally referred to as ethics through the guidance of the American Counseling Association (ACA) 2014 Code of Ethics. Assists students in exploring personal values, social expectations/sanctions and professional standards of behavior as it relates to the mental health counseling field. Course seeks to meet the specific state licensure certification and practice needs of the student enrolled.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Assists students in making the transition from theoretical understanding of counseling principles and processes to therapeutic process. Students demonstrate knowledge and skills and refine their knowledge and skills in the following areas: integration of his or her theoretical approach to counseling competence in the basic counseling skills with a focus on individual and group counseling as learned in prior coursework; the ability to identify and assess presenting concerns of clients, diagnose problems and develop treatment plans; and an ability to present case studies and dialogue and consult with other professionals regarding his or her effectiveness as a counselor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to group counseling, including an understanding of group processes, techniques, role of group members and leaders, ethics, and culture, selected group phenomena, processing of group dynamics and therapeutic movement, application of theory and theoretical techniques. The student is required to form and lead a group using a theoretical orientation and to process the experience through tapes and class discussions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Field-based course providing on-the-job practice in counseling with individuals and groups and in the classroom under the guidance of an on-site supervisor and a university faculty supervisor. Weekly group discussions of cases and sharing of work experiences is at the heart of the campus classes. Particular content areas that enhance professional preparation (such as legal and ethical issues, standards, technology) are covered. Students are expected to share their counseling work weekly for supervision and peer review. Counseling portfolios are completed and readied for submission. A student planning to complete this course in one semester should sign up for 6 credits. Students planning to complete the course in two semesters should sign up for 3 credits each semester. Instructor consent required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Addresses the study of measurement theory and basic statistics needed for understanding assessment. Also focuses on general test construction, appropriate instrument selection with awareness of limitations, multicultural and ethical considerations. Instruments covered focus on psychological and intellectual functioning and can generally be administered to clients individually or in groups. Students experience the administration, interpretation and reporting of a select sample of assessment tools. Students will be introduced to professional report writing and consequential treatment implications.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students develop their understanding of types of program evaluation, consultation and application procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, qualitative and quantitative research, ethical/legal consideration, parametric and nonparametric research methods, principles, practices, applications of needs assessment. Students will consult, conduct and write a literature review; develop a method for data collection, analysis and conclusions; and make recommendations. Student research topics will be in their specific discipline: school counseling, clinical counseling, marital and family therapy or human relations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Overview of essential school counseling services and the role and function of the school counselor with emphasis on developing, managing and evaluating a comprehensive counseling program within the realms of an entire school. Covers the seven pupil services content standards and additional information pertaining to the other members of the pupil service team with whom the counselor works. Integrates special education, technology, legal and ethical issues.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on how the counselor can facilitate self-expression in the counseling context with clients, primarily children, who may have difficulty expressing themselves verbally. Developmental theories and issues that shape children's adjustment to school and to their community form the foundations of the course. Basic solution-oriented brief counseling and consultative techniques are integrated for work with parents and teachers.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Adolescents represent a clientele in transition. This course examines key aspects in their development (biological, cognitive, emotional and social) and their relationships in the various contexts that influence behaviors and attitudes. Common issues of adolescence as well as various interventions are covered from a developmental context. Students learn how to facilitate client self-expression primarily through brief therapeutic techniques and how to consult with supervising adults. While the focus is on normal development, course also touches on at-risk/problematic behavior and thoughts.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Developing the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary to teach developmental lessons in the classroom that are appropriate to all ages. Covers classroom management. Students, using the ASCA and Wisconsin Developmental Models, develop a set of lessons (perhaps based on monthly themes) specific to the ages of the children they intend to counsel. Emerging problems in the schools, such as bullying, sexual harassment, and abuse are covered. Class covers the 10 WDPI Teacher and Pupil Services Standards.

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