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School Counseling Program Description (Master of Arts in Education - M.A.Ed)

The Master of Arts in Education  -  School Counseling program prepares individuals to become school counselors.  The Provisional School Counseling Certificate will be awarded by Kentucky's Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) upon completion of the 48-hour degree program.  The School Counseling certification earned is a P-12 certification.

Dr. James McGinn, School Counseling Program Coordinator

Admission Requirements

All graduate school admissions requirements must be met which includes a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).  The Applicant must meet one of the following requirements for admission to the programs:

  1. An undergraduate overall grade point overage of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or
  2. An undergraduate GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours or
  3. A minimum of 146 (400 on old version) on the verbal section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or
  4. A minimum of 146 (400 on old version) on the performance section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or
  5. A minimum of 365 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Master of Arts in Education in School Counseling Courses

Core Courses (48-54 hours):

First Courses

  • COU 813 Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • COU 840 Counseling Theory and Practice
  • COU 846 Process and Basic Techniques of Counseling

  • COU 804 Counseling Diverse Populations
  • COU 814 Administration and Consultation in Counseling Services
  • COU 820 Group Counseling
  • COU 822 Lifestyle and Career Counseling
  • COU 825 Developmental Counseling with School-Age Children
  • COU 848 Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • COU 855 Diagnosis and Treatment
  • COU 863 Crisis and Grief Counseling
  • COU 880 Practicum
  • COU 881 Internship (can be taken over 2 semesters)
  • EPY 816 Tests and Measurements
  • EPY 839 Human Growth and Development
  • EPY 869 Research and Program Development

Exit Requirement:

  • GRD 878U MAED School Counseling Oral Comp

Total Program Requirements: 48 Hours


The Standard Guidance Certification program allows those holding a Provisional Certificate in Elementary, Secondary, or P-12 grades in School Counseling to convert their provisional certification into Standard Guidance Certification.  Students holding a 48-hour master degree in School Counseling are required to earn 6 graduate hours above their masters degree. 

  • Standard Guidance Certification Requirement Electives - 6 hours
  • Rank 1 Certification Requirement Electives* - 12 hours
    * Rank 1 in School Counseling must have at least 60 graduate hours in a planned program and be selected with advisor approval.

Endorsement Preparation Programs are study which do not lead to a degree or to an EKU awarded recognition, but instead, prepare students for professional endorsement through Kentucky's Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB).

  • Elementary Education Counselor seeking Secondary School Counseling Endorsement - 6 hours of core work plus 6 hours of approved electives.
  • Secondary School Counselor seeking Elementary School Counseling Endorsement - 6 hours of core work plus 6 hours of approved electives.

EKU Graduates who hold a Master's degree in  Clinical Mental Health Counseling may earn a second Master's degree in School Counseling. Email Dr. James McGinn, School Counseling Program Coordinator for more information.


Option 6 in School Counseling

To qualify for Option 6 certification in School Counseling, the following requirements must be met:

  • Currently enrolled in the School Counseling MAEd Program
  • Complete all content courses
  • Complete Practicum in School Counseling
  • Pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE)
  • Currently enrolled in a school counseling internship
  • Have a job offer from a qualified school
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