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Program Details

The University of the Southwest offers a MSED School Counseling Degree that is well suited for individuals who want to prepare for licensure as a school counselor. Students who obtain their license may potentially work as a counselor in primary, elementary, middle, and high school settings. Graduates will be experts in information regarding counseling theories & techniques, counseling ethics, family counseling, child/adolescent counseling, and much more. Students who finish this program may also complete a licensure program that successful completion will result in obtaining a School Counseling Licensure in the State of New Mexico. Graduates will understand the relationship between students and their school environments and how to assist them with their educational career path.

The MSED School Counseling Degree Program consists of 42 credit hours in a variety of counseling related course topics. Students are required to take leveling courses, required courses, subject related elective courses, and an internship. Leveling courses that are required include a Field Observation, Introduction to Special Education, Learning & Human Development, and Culturally Diverse & Special Needs Populations. Leveling course credit hours do not apply to the degree program. Required courses students will explore include Educational Research, Counseling Theories, Counseling Techniques, Professional & Ethical Issues in Counseling, Career Development & Life Planning, Group Counseling, Counseling Families, Child & Adolescent Counseling, Introduction to Play Therapy, and Program Development & Management. Students may choose three elective courses out of five that are specified in the program curriculum. Students must also enroll in an Internship in School Counseling and a Continuing Internship in School Counseling. These courses are designed to ensure that students are well prepared to further their education and obtain employment in this career field.

All courses for this program are available online. The online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. Time management and word processing skills are very important for students who enroll in this degree program.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

The Master of Science in Education, School Counseling is accredited by the New Mexico Public Education Department.