Post-Master's Coursework for K-12 School Counseling Licensure
- Accommodates Individuals with Master's Degrees in Education or Related Fields
- Provides the Required Coursework for School Counseling Licensure in North Dakota (May be Compatible in Other States)
- Online: "Live" Web Classes Held Evenings/Weekends
- Four 4-Day On-Campus Visits Required for Some Classes
- College Accreditation: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
- In-State Tuition Regardless of Residency (Not Eligible for Financial Aid)
- Begins Every Fall, Summer, and Spring Semesters
About the Coursework
The post-master's coursework option is intended for professionals who already hold a graduate-level degree in education, counseling or a related field, but want to extend their career options to include a K-12 school counseling license. The coursework prepares you to promote the academic, career, personal, and social development of students in elementary, middle, and high school settings.
The post-master's coursework will build upon your completed graduate-level coursework and is individualized for each student according your state's school counseling licensure requirement.
Upon completion of the coursework, you will be eligible for licensure as a school counselor in the state of North Dakota, and may also be eligible for school counseling licensure in other states; please verify with your state's department of education.
The courses you will need to complete in order to obtain your school counseling license will vary depending on your state's requirements and the coursework you completed in your master's degree program. Your transcripts will be evaluated by UND faculty members so that you can create an individualized program of study that will lead to a license in K-12 school counseling. Your plan of study may include some, but not all, of the following courses:
- COUN 501 – Ethics in Counseling (3 Credits)
- COUN 510 – Counseling Methods* (3 Credits)
- COUN 515 – Methods of Research* (3 Credits)
- COUN 517 – Assessment in Counseling (3 Credits)
- COUN 518 – Group Theory and Process* (3 Credits)
- COUN 519 – Career Counseling (3 Credits)
- COUN 522 – Management of School Counseling Programs (2 Credits)
- COUN 523 – Elementary School Counseling (2 Credits)
- COUN 524 – Middle School Counseling (2 Credits)
- COUN 525 – High School Counseling (2 Credits)
- COUN 526 – Educational Collaboration in Schools (3 Credits)
- COUN 527 – School-Based Family Counseling* (3 Credits)
- COUN 530 – Theories of Counseling, Personality, and Development (3 Credits)
- COUN 532 – Multicultural Counseling (3 Credits)
- COUN 581 – School Counseling Practicum (3 Credits)
- COUN 589 – Internship in School Counseling (4-6 Credits)
*Course completed during two mandatory 4-day visits held during the summer on the UND campus in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Who Should Apply?
The post-master's coursework for school counseling licensure is intended for working professionals who already hold a graduate degree, but want to extend their career options to include a K-12 school counseling license. Prior to submitting any materials, please contact Dr. Rachel L. Navarro to check on the availability of placement in the non-degree licensure coursework. Application deadlines for students seeking placement in the post-master's coursework option are as follows:
- November 1 (Spring)
- March 1 (Summer)
- May 1 (Fall)
You must have a graduate degree (MEd, MA, MS, PhD, EdD) in counseling or a related field, such as:
- Child Development
- Social Work
Before applying to the post-master's coursework option, you must be able to meet the minimum technical requirements for "live" Web courses.
Apply in 2 Steps
Step #1: Departmental Admission Requirements & Process
- After contacting the department to determine the availability of placement in the post-master's coursework, you'll need to mail the following departmental admissions materials to:
UND School Counseling Distance Program
Department of Counseling, Psychology & Community Services
Education Building Room 358
231 Centennial Drive Stop 8255
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8255
- All official graduate transcripts (including from UND). Transcripts must be received from the issuing school in a sealed and stamped envelope.
- 3 letters of reference supporting your school counseling application and academic potential.
- A copy of the school conseling licensure requirements for the state in which you will be seeking licensure (if you are seeking licensure outside of North Dakota).
- 2-page (typed, double-spaced) statement of purpose that outlines your professional goals as well as your academic, personal, and interpersonal qualifications.
- Current professional résumé.
- Supplemental Application Form for School Counseling, which can be requested by contacting the Department of Counseling.
Step #2: Application Process to the UND School of Graduate Studies
- Review the UND School of Graduate Studies website for complete details on applying for admission as a non-degree student.
- Complete the online application form as a non-degree student and submit your non-refundable $35 application fee. You do not need to submit additional admission materials as part of the UND School of Graduate Studies non-degree application process.
Approximately 6 weeks after receiving your admissions materials, the UND Department of Counseling, Psychology & Community Services will notify you whether you have been accepted into the post-master's coursework option, and will help you develop a plan of study.
UND accepts non-degree student applications on an ongoing basis, or until the program is full. In general, you should submit your application and all required documents for non-degree student admission at least 2 months prior to the semester you plan to begin:
- Fall (August) Semester: Apply by June 1
- Spring (January) Semester: Apply by November 1
- Summer (May) Semester: Apply by April 1
- October 10