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School Counseling (Master of Science)

Creighton University’s Master of Science in School Counseling program is designed to prepare individuals for a counseling career in a school system. In this program, you’ll learn about the many aspects of child and adolescent development and how to develop strategies to help students cope with challenges and overcome obstacles. You’ll graduate this program empowered to provide positive and effective guidance to your students and leadership to your school.

Creighton offers guaranteed scholarships for all current educators to help support and encourage teachers to continue to their education in school counseling. See tuition and fees section below for more details.

Creighton’s school counseling master’s program goes far beyond the administrative aspects of counseling. You’ll learn to model Jesuit values such as the importance of compassion, relationship-building, reflection and humility for the students with whom you work. Through hands-on, project-based learning experiences, you’ll also gain experience that will help you guide future students through tough challenges, including bullying and self-esteem issues, relationship problems, drug use and more.

"Our program focuses on self-care and system-wide care for the well-being of educators and students by building a collaborative supportive community that values and guards the well-being of its members."

- Jan Powers, PhD | Assistant Professor and Program Director, College of Arts & Sciences

A program that fits your schedule

We know graduate school is a huge investment of your time and money, so we make sure your investment is a smart one—and one you can fit in your schedule. This program is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals and can be completed fully online.

If you already have your teaching certificate, you can complete the program in about 36 credit hours, depending which track you choose. If you don’t, you’ll take an extra practicum and take about 48 credit hours to complete the program.

Creighton’s online master’s in School Counseling is highly customizable, allowing you to choose the proper path to meet your academic, personal and career goals. Specialization options include Elementary School Counseling, Secondary School Counseling or PK-12 Guidance Counseling.

Certification

This program includes a 600-hour internship that meets the Nebraska school counseling certification requirements. Students from states other than Nebraska are responsible for determining the certification requirements for their state and will work with their adviser to meet those requirements. Curriculum is based on the standards identified within the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national model.

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Jan Powers, PhD, Associate Professor and Program Director

Jan Powers, PhD | Associate Professor and Program Director, Department of Education's School Counseling Program

"Because of Creighton’s Jesuit roots, there’s a lot of self-reflection in the program which allows us to be more effective counselors."

Program Details

Program Goals and Curriculum

The MS in School Counseling is designed to prepare individuals for successful careers as counselors in elementary or secondary school counseling and can be completed in about two years.

To earn this master’s degree, you must complete 36 credits or more, depending which of the three tracks you choose and whether you have a teaching certificate:

  • Core Courses (shared by all tracks)
    • Professional Orientation to School Counseling
    • Ethical Guidelines for School Counselors
    • Introduction to the ASCA Model of School Counseling
    • Action Research in School Counseling
    • Issues in Child and Adolescent Development for School Counselors
    • Individual and Program Assessment in School Counseling
    • Theoretical Perspectives in School Counseling
    • Data-Driven Perspectives in School Counseling
    • Career Perspectives for Children and Adolescents
    • Individual Planning and Counseling Techniques for School Counselors
    • Group Counseling Approaches for Children and Adolescents – Group Dynamics
    • Group Counseling Approaches for Children and Adolescents – Classroom Guidance
    • Group Counseling Approaches for Children and Adolescents – Small Group Counseling
    • Diagnosis and Mental Health Issues in Children and Adolescents
    • Social Justice and Diversity in School Counseling
  • Elementary School Counseling Track Only
    • Issues in Elementary School Counseling
    • Internship in Elementary School Counseling
    • Advanced Internship in Elementary School Counseling​​
  • Secondary School Counseling Track Only
    • Issues in Secondary School Counseling
    • Internship in Secondary School Counseling
    • Advanced Internship in Secondary School Counseling
  • PK-12 Guidance Counseling Track Only
    • Issues in Elementary School Counseling
    • Issues in Secondary School Counseling
    • Internship in Elementary OR Secondary School Counseling
    • Advanced Internship in Elementary OR Secondary School Counseling

Students who do not have a teaching certificate must take Practicum I and Practicum II. Nebraska residents without a teaching certificate will also be required to complete nine additional hours of selected education coursework to meet Nebraska Board of Education endorsement requirements, including:

  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment I
  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment II
  • School Culture

Creighton’s education programs are nationally recognized as excellent by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and by the Higher Learning Commission. This reputation is earned thanks to Creighton’s carefully designed program curricula and standards, as well as the talented faculty who apply Jesuit values to ensure student success.

Magis Catholic Teacher Corps Option

Applicants to the Master of Science in School Counseling program have the option to apply through Creighton’s Magis Catholic Teacher Corps. This specialized two-year experience is dedicated to the formation of enthusiastic, faith-filled and highly motivated teachers in direct service to Catholic schools. Applicants to this program through Magis must meet additional admission requirements.

Magis is a two-year experience built upon three pillars:

  • Community — Teachers continue the sense of community fostered in college by living together on campus during the summer and in small communities throughout the school year.
  • Spirituality — Teachers are encouraged to grow in their faith through ongoing formation and practice of Ignatian spirituality.
  • Professionalism — While teaching for two years in Catholic schools, teachers are required to develop as professional educators by completing a rigorous master’s program.

Students accepted into the Magis Catholic Teacher Corps program receive a monthly stipend, fully subsidized tuition and fees, medical insurance, housing and summer meals. Magis teachers may also be eligible for student loan deferment or forgiveness.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in School Counseling program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application and submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Include a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a personal statement (see application for details)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members
  • Pass a background check (if offer of admission is extended)
  • Submit felony convictions and mental capacity statements

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

Due to the specific features and requirements of this program, international students cannot be admitted. Unique situations may be discussed with your enrollment specialist.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit our financial aid site for more details.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Based on current educational role, a minimum of $3,600 scholarship is available and automatically applied for all educators. The scholarship will be applied per credit throughout the program. Scholarships are not available if you are not currently working in K-12 education.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have. 

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadline and starting date of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.

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