Master of Arts in School Counseling

Program Description:

The School Counseling Program at Southeast Missouri State University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Students graduating from a CACREP program are assured a quality educational experience. The School Counseling Program at Southeast Missouri State University is also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The School Counseling Program prepares graduate for school counseling certification as an Elementary and/or Secondary School Counselor.

Admission Requirements:

All candidates must hold a Baccalaureate Degree with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of no less than 3.0* and be admitted into the School of Graduate Studies. This is done by:

  1. Completing the Application for Admissions and returning it to the Office of Admissions (this can be done online at
  2. Submitting the appropriate application fees to the Office of Admissions.
  3. Submitting undergraduate transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  4. Completing the GRE or MAT and forwarding scores to the Office of Admissions.
  5. Submitting three (3) letters of recommendation (one is required to begin the process, an additional two are required before full admission to the program can be completed.)

Candidates for School Counseling must possess a 3.0 GPA and must possess either:

  1. A valid teaching certificate OR
  2. Provide evidence of competency or willingness to enroll in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s required areas of teaching methods, teaching practices, classroom management and psychology of the exceptional child. (These classes may be taken at the graduate level while pursuing the school counseling degree. These courses are pre or co requisite and do not count toward the masters degree program.)

Further, the candidate must satisfactorily complete CP 610 Counseling Orientation and Ethics and the screening procedure. During the screening procedure, the candidate will complete a battery of assessments and undergo an interview with member(s) of the counseling faculty. The screening will be scheduled after the candidate has presented GRE scores and letters of recommendation as stated above and enrolled in CP 610. After these criteria have been completed, the program admission committee will review the candidate’s credentials and 1) admit the student, 2) not admit the student, or 3) admit the student with restrictions and/or conditions.

* With the approval of the admissions committee, students that have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75-3.0 may be admitted on a probationary basis (there will be specific requirements during this probationary period). Students, who have a low undergraduate GPA, yet hold a master’s degree with a 3.5 GPA will have satisfied the admissions GPA requirement.

Curriculum: (courses required, elective list)

School Counseling with emphasis in Elementary/ Secondary

CP 610 Counseling Orientation and Ethics (3)
CP 611 Developmental Theories (3)
CP 612 Counseling Theories (3)
CP 613 Social & Cultural Aspects of Counseling (3)
CP 614 Counseling Skills (3)
CP 615 Career Development (3)
CP 616 Group Counseling (3)
CP 617 Assessment in Counseling (3)
GR 691 Methods of Research (3)
CP 630 Foundations of School Counseling(3)
CP 631 Crisis Intervention and Consultation
CP 643 Psychodiagnostics and Treatment
CP 680 Counseling Practicum (3)
CP 682 Internship - Elementary(3)
CP 683 Internship - Secondary(3)
CP 684 Internship - School Counseling (3-6)
(both elementary and secondary internships required for K-12)
A total of 9 internship credits required.
48 Total Credits


Teaching Certificate OR (No Teaching Certificate): 2 educations courses
EX 390 - Psychology & Education of the Exceptional Child or
EX 635 - Psychology and Education of Students with Special Needs
EA 653 - Curriculum for Leaders in Education or
SE 635 - Theory of Learning and Instructional Strategies

Contact Person:

Dr. Janice Ward, Coordinator of School Counseling Program
Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza, MS 5550
Cape Girardeau, MO. 63701 Phone: (573) 651-2137
Fax: (573) 986-6812


Scully Building 301
College of Education
One University Plaza, MS 5500
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701