Master's in School Counseling

Program Overview

The School of Counseling at the University of Akron offers a Master's Degree in School Counseling. This course of study is based upon Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Professions (CACREP) and the Ohio Department of Education's standards. It is designed to prepare students to become effective leaders in the process of transforming school counseling under the ASCA's National Model for School Counseling Programs.

The academic foundation is built upon the eight core areas of the CACREP* Standards:

  • Professional identity
  • Social and cultural diversity
  • Human growth and development
  • Career development
  • Helping relationships
  • Group work
  • Assessment
  • Research/program evaluation

    Additional coursework specific to school counseling includes foundations and contextual dimensions of school counseling and consultation. A unique focus of the program is training future school counselors in social justice advocacy. Program faculty prepare students with strategies to close academic achievement gap and to assist K-12 students and families with overcoming barriers or impediments to success in learning and development.


    This Master's Degree in School Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

    Links to School Counselor Organizations

    Placement Objectives for Graduates

    Graduates who pass the school counseling Pearson exam and BCI/FBI background check must submit the appropriate application to the Ohio Department of Education which issues the school counseling license. School counseling licensees then become eligible to be hired as school counselors in K-12 schools in the State of Ohio. Because the program is CACREP accredited, graduates find that school counseling license portability from Ohio to other states is possible.

    Addressing the Needs of the State and the Region

    According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (2022), employment of school and career counselors is expected to grow by 11% from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The number of students attending schools at all levels is expected to increase. The School Counseling master's program addresses this need by offering a high quality nationally accredited program for training school counselors to work in Ohio and across the nation.