Who Should Apply?
If you are seeking a career as a counselor at the elementary, middle or high school level, the School Counseling Distance Program with a K-12 Emphasis is designed for you.
This distance program is designed for working professionals who want to complete a master's degree in less than 3 years, but are unable to complete a full-time, on-campus program. All students are required to come to campus twice during their first summer semester (each stay will consist of 4 days on campus) and twice during their second summer semester (each stay will consist of 4 days on campus).
Typically, school counseling students have educational backgrounds in behavioral or social sciences with undergraduate degrees in:
- Child Development
- Social Work
Before applying to the distance program, you must be able to meet the minimum technical requirements for "live" Web courses.
In order to be considered for admission to the K-12 School Counseling Emphasis you will need the following:
- Ability to meet the minimum technical requirements for "live" Web courses.
- A Bachelor's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
- Completion of at least 20 semester credits of coursework in the behavioral sciences at the undergraduate level. These 20 credits must include the following prerequisites: Statistics, Educational Psychology, Instructional Methods, and Classroom Management.
- An overall grade point average (based on 4.00 scale) of 2.75 or higher in an undergraduate degree program or at least 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work.
- Completion of the School Counseling Supplemental Application Form (part of the My GradSpace application).
- Submission of a two-three page personal statement outlining your goals and objectives for seeking the graduate degree in school counseling, including your academic or professional accomplishments as well your career goals. Additionally, clearly identify the roles of a school counselor and how your experiences and interests relate to this role.
- Submission of three letters of recommendation from those who can comment on your academic abilities.
- Professional resume is strongly recommended.
- A phone interview with program faculty. This is required for all students who are being considered for admission.
*If you have not taken all 4 of the required courses, you may be admitted on a provisional basis until the requirement(s) are completed. Courses in psychology, sociology, and education may be applied toward these requirements. Coursework in other social science disciplines where the course focus is on the description or explanation of individual or group behavior may be accepted in fulfillment of these requirements at the discretion of the Counseling Department.
Already Have Your Master's Degree? Online School Counselor Licensure Option
If you already hold a graduate-level degree in counseling or a related field, you may complete online Post-Master's Coursework for PK-12 School Counseling Licensure. Upon completion of an individualized program of study, you will be eligible school counseling licensure in the state of North Dakota. The coursework may also be compatible for school counseling licensure in other states; please verify with your state's department of education.
The application process for the School Counseling Licensure is the same as for degree seeking students.
Military Personnel & Veterans
Our University is proud to serve those who serve our country. Through UND Online & Distance Education, you can take advantage of convenient programs and services that fit your life as a military service member, veteran or family member. Learn more.
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