• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

There is a rising demand for school counselors in Missouri and beyond. The online master of education with an emphasis in school counseling at Mizzou prepares students to fill this need and practice successfully as multiculturally sensitive counselors in socially and economically diverse work settings. Graduates of this online program will feel equipped to better understand the developmental career and mental health needs of youth in schools helping shape their students lives.

Based on the curriculum founded by the father of modern school counseling Norm Gysbers, PhD this program focuses on the science-practitioner model of training as well as a comprehensive school guidance and counseling program model. Both emphasize the best in counseling psychology theory, research and practice. Dr. Gysbers, a former University of Missouri faculty member, is recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the foremost scholars of our time in school counseling and career counseling and development.

This degree has potential benefits for those currently employed as

  • K-12 professionals:
  • Teachers
  • Mental health specialists
  • Administrators
  • Youth specialists in community organizations

Program structure and topics

The online master of education with an emphasis in school counseling is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. Most courses are offered in 8-week format, allowing students to take one course at a time and complete the program in three years.

Your plan of study will include ESC_PS 8940: Counseling Psychology Practicum (6 credit hours), which requires the supervision of counseling in an approved setting.

If you do not have K-12 teaching certification, you will take 9 credit hours of teacher preparation courses in order to be eligible to obtain the school counseling certification.

Course work covers

  • Introduction to school counseling
  • Counseling children and adolescents
  • Theories and techniques of counseling
  • Foundations of career psychology
  • Counseling methods and practices
  • School counseling practicum

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education and any course work beyond the undergraduate level.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 92 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 62 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 185.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

Application Deadlines

July 15
December 15
April 15


  • *Year 1 Fall
  • ESC_PS 8410School Guidance Program3 Credits

    1st 8 weeks

  • ESC_PS 7120Theories and Techniques of Counseling3 Credits

    2nd 8 weeks

  • *Year 1 Spring
  • ESC_PS 7160Developmental Aspects of Human Learning3 Credits

    Investigates aspects of human development that affect classroom learning. Topics include parenting style, divorce, friendship, mental health, attachment, play aggression, culture, and media. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • ESC_PS 8135Foundations of Career Psychology3 Credits

    2nd 8 weeks

  • *Year 1 Summer
  • ESC_PS 2010Inquiry to Learning3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8420Counseling Children and Adolescents3 Credits

    2nd 4 weeks

  • *Year 2 Fall
  • ESC_PS 8040Counseling Methods & Practices3 Credits

    1st 8 weeks

  • ESC_PS 8450Diversity Issues in School Mental Health3 Credits

    The purpose of this course is to increase the level of multicultural awareness, knowledge, skills, and relationship of school personnel working with diverse student populations.

  • *Year 2 Spring
  • ESC_PS 8082Foundations of Educational and Psychological Measurement3 Credits

    Basic principles of educational and psychological measurement including test construction, validity, reliability, item analysis, and derived scores. Prerequisites: ESC_PS 4170 or ESC_PS 7170 or instructor's consent.

  • ESC_PS 8110Group Methods3 Credits

    1st 8 weeks

  • *Year 2 Summer
  • ESC_PS 8440School Mental Health: Policy, Law and Ethics3 Credits

    This course is designed to familiarize school-based professionals with policies, laws and ethics associated with children and youth and schools.

  • SPC_ED 7300Introduction to Special Education3 Credits

    Introductory overview of the field of special education; historical developments, characteristics of special populations, and compliance with state and federal regulations.

  • *Year 3 Fall
  • ESC_PS 8087Seminar: Classroom Management3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8940School Counseling Practicum6 Credits
  • *Year 3 Spring
  • ESC_PS 8415Program Evaluation for School Counselors3 Credits

    1st 8 weeks

  • ESC_PS 8940School Counseling Practicum6 Credits
  • Elective #1 and #2Courses from ESCP programs6 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $386.00
  • Fees: $67.03
  • Total: $453.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1158.00
  • Fees: $201.09
  • Total: $1359.09
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $386.00
  • Fees: $67.03
  • Total: $453.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1158.00
  • Fees: $201.09
  • Total: $1359.09
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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