Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    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.

    School Overview

    The University of the Southwest, private, non-denominational liberal arts university, is located in Hobbs, New Mexico. Originally founded in 1956 as Hobbs Baptist College, a 2-year junior college, the name of the institution changed to New Mexico Baptist College in 1958, when it became a four-year college. The institution became known as the College of the Southwest in 1962, and in 2008 became the University of the Southwest. The University of the Southwest is a Christ-centered institution that teaches the belief of God, Jesus Christ, and the Bible, and faculty and staff with Christ centered values instruct students to live, work and learn together while valuing each others cultures and beliefs. The university is dedicated to preparing its students for a lifetime in faith-based leadership and service.

    The University of the Southwest offers bachelor's and master's degrees from the following schools:

    • School of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Business and Professional Studies
    • School of Education

    Online courses are available to students requiring a more flexible schedule, as well as online career training programs that lead to professional certificates. 


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