School Counseling (M.A.)

The Counseling program offers an M.A. in School Counseling for students whose academic backgrounds include educator preparation or certification as well as for those who do not.

Program Overview


Year Program


Internship Hours

Students in the College of Education’s School Counseling program cover various areas including student learning & behavior, legal and ethical issues, college and career development, appraisal methods, counseling theories, group work, special populations, research, and program evaluation.

The program aligns with the standards of the Florida Department of Education and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Non-certified teachers must complete additional courses and pass the state FTCE exam for certification. With high demand for school counselors, students gain counseling competence, technological skills, and complete 600 hours of supervised internship over three semesters. Internships focus on college & career readiness, social-emotional learning, and academic achievement in local schools across SW Florida.

How We Prepare Our Students to be Effective School Counselors

  • Mentoring
  • Supportive classmates in your cohort
  • State of the art, hands-on experiential learning
  • Supervised internships
  • Professional engagement, leadership, and advocacy

Advantages for School Counselors

  • High demand for school counselors in SW Florida
  • Work with K-12 students and families throughout the school year
  • Make a positive difference in the lives of children
  • Work with the whole child: academic, career, social, and emotional

ASCA-Aligned Curriculum

  • The FGCU School Counseling Program is aligned with the ASCA school counseling curriculum standards (PDF).


Transition to School Counseling Certificate

The College of Education offers a Transition to School Counseling Certificate for students who have a prior master's degree in community or mental health counseling. Your master’s degree must be in counseling. A degree in other areas, including educational degrees (e.g., educational leadership or curriculum), are not eligible for the certificate.

Note: The College of Education is no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2023 - Spring 2024 academic year.

Information for Current and Prospective Students

  • Accreditation

  • Admissions Information

  • Program Requirements

  • Course Descriptions

  • Course Schedule

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance

  • School Counseling Programs of Study

School Counseling (M.A.)

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