Master of Education in School Counseling online Master of Education in School Counseling online Master of Education in School Counseling online
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The USC Rossier School of Education offers a Master of Education in School Counseling online (SC online) designed for those who aspire to become school counselors in K–12 settings. The program explores relevant challenges affecting today’s schools, focusing on the well-being of the whole child through support of their social, emotional and academic needs.
This program prepares you to pursue your credential as a school counselor.
SC online Overview
49 Units Designed around three key focus areas.
2 Paths Full- or part-time paths available to fit your schedule.
2-3 Years Earn your master’s in school counseling in as few as five terms.
The SC online program at USC will prepare you to:
Provide academic and guidance counseling to students in K–12 settings.
Support the whole child: socially, emotionally and academically.
Coordinate school counseling goals to meet the needs of the students and organization.
Employ decision-making and problem-solving for implementation and evaluation.
Develop approaches to foster college access.
The USC Rossier SC online program is officially recognized as a credentialing program that prepares students to be recommended for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s Pupil Personnel Services: School Counseling (PPS-SC) Credential. The PPS-SC Credential is required when applying to be a school counselor in California. All SC online applicants must pass the Basic Skills Requirement by the enrollment deadline.
Applicants Outside of California
The USC Rossier Master of Education in School Counseling online program is a national program that is able to enroll residents in the United States. As USC Rossier is based in California, students who complete our program will be recommended for a California Pupil Personnel Services: School Counseling (PPS-SC) Credential. A California credential, if earned, can be a competitive factor when applying for reciprocity in another state.
Master of Education in School Counseling Curriculum
The master’s in school counseling program curriculum is informed by professional competencies and standards put forth by the American School Counselor Association’s National Model for School Counseling and by critical research in the fields of counselor education, sociology, philosophy, education, and counseling and community psychology.
Areas of Focus
As a student in the SC online program, you will gain theoretical and hands-on knowledge needed to become a school counselor through the lens of modern school counseling techniques, structured around three key focus areas:
College and Career Readiness
Prepare to support all students and their futures, taking into account cultural, socioeconomic and emotional factors that influence success.
Help students overcome obstacles of institutional oppression, like poverty and racism, or individual circumstances related to mental illness, domestic violence or community barriers.
Learn to support teaching, learning and interacting in ways that address the long-term toll physical and emotional trauma takes on the lives of children and adults.
Students in the SC online program take courses such as:
Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
Learning and Individual Differences
Human Development Theory in School Counseling
School Connectedness, Climate and Classroom Management
As a student, you will complete a School Counseling Portfolio, a practicum and fieldwork in which you can gain hands-on experience and build confidence as an aspiring practitioner.
In addition to your courses, you’ll complete fieldwork in K–12 schools in or near your own community where you can apply what you learn to real situations affecting children, families and school administration.
You will be required to complete a 100-hour practicum and a 700-hour internship over the course of the program. Our team of placement specialists will work with you to identify sites that fit your needs.
Begin Your Career as a School Counselor
The need for professional school counselors is evident: While the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends a 250-to-1 ratio of students to counselors, the national average is only 464-to-1.1
Our SC online program will prepare you to tackle today’s toughest challenges and promote the well-being of K–12 students. And you’ll be in demand — the projected change in employment for school and career counselors is expected to increase by 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.2
Our SC online program is rigorous, hands-on and collaborative. You’ll form meaningful relationships with your peers and professors — and you’ll be welcomed into the global #TrojanFamily for life. Learn more about what it’s like to learn online.
Take Your First Step Toward Becoming a School Counselor
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