About the School Counseling program

As a student in the School Counseling graduate program at the University of Dayton, you'll gain the knowledge and skills for employment as professional school counselors in K-12 school system. Our faculty work to empower you to embrace holistic, ethical and innovative approaches to your personal life, professional endeavors, and the school system in which you serve.

The 48 credit hour master's degree program prepares students by incorporating 600 internship hours in a school setting. You'll integrate the best in scholarly theory with the invaluable opportunity of actual practice, which will allow you to develop as a counselor with the ability to truly lead and serve.

Upon completion of the master's degree, the Ohio Department of Education requires the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) specialty examination in school counseling.

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Program highlights

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Program objectives

  • Demonstrate a professional school counselor identity through participation in professional organizations, acquisition of ethical and legal knowledge and recognition of a professional developmental process characterized by the integration of personal and professional experiences.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to enable an appreciation of cultural differences and their influence on counseling practice, and a developing openness toward “others.”
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply an understanding of the process of human development as holistic which results in various student outcomes due to the interactions between individual and environmental factors.
  • Demonstrate the growth characteristics of effective helpers in acquiring theoretical knowledge, therapeutic relational skills, and self-awareness through critical reflection.
  • Demonstrate abilities to successfully practice school counselor professional duties in the K-12 school setting by acquiring the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to design and implement comprehensive school counseling programs as defined by the ASCA National Model.

Gain professional experience

The School Counseling program is designed so coursework in principles and practices of school counseling are integrated into both practicum and internship experiences. These clinical experiences are intended to provide you with opportunities to perform a variety of counseling activities that licensed professional school counselors perform. Practicum consists of 100 clock hours of time spent at a designated school site. Internship consists of 600 clock hours of time at the same site or within the district directly following the practicum experience.

Practicum is expected to be completed during the course of one semester and internship is divided into three sections of 200 clock hours, which must cover a minimum of two semesters, but can be completed at a pace congruent with your plan to meet this requirement.

Throughout both field experiences, you will receive supervision at your site by a licensed professional school counselor as well as at the University by licensed school counseling faculty. During the semester prior to enrollment in practicum, you are required to complete an online practicum application and attend an orientation session. 

Eugene K. Moulin Award of Excellence

The School Counseling program recognizes students who contribute to the profession of school counseling through commitment to learning and the Marianist spirit embodied by the University of Dayton. In honor of dedication to the field of school counseling, we are pleased to annually award the Eugene K. Moulin Award of Excellence to two outstanding graduating students, one from each campus location (Dayton & Dublin), in the school counseling program who embodies the characteristics Dr. Moulin dedicated his professional career to foster in University of Dayton students.

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