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.

Students in the College of Education’s School Counseling program take coursework in a variety of areas such as developmental aspects of student learning & behavior, school counseling legal and ethical issues, college and career development, school counseling appraisal methods, counseling theories, group work, counseling special populations, research, and program evaluation.

The School Counseling MA degree aligns its competencies and preparation standards with those of the Florida Department of Education and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model, ASCA school counselor preparation standards, and professional mindsets and behaviors.

Students who are not certified teachers or have not taken educational preparation courses will be required to enroll in two additional courses and complete all subsections of the state FTCE exam to qualify for state certification. 

With strong demand for school counselors in every community, our students have the opportunity to make a widespread impact. Because the calling is so vital, we prepare our graduate students with a high degree of counseling competence, technological skills, and a minimum of 600 hours of supervised internship (over three semesters, 200 hours per semester). Students will learn how to address issues such as college & career readiness, social-emotional learning, and academic achievement — all in local schools throughout SW Florida. Internships can only be completed during the day, Monday through Friday, when schools are in session (i.e., Fall and Spring terms).

The school counseling program at FGCU has a long history of graduates in Southwest Florida dating back to 1991 through the USF at Fort Myers branch campus. In these last three decades, the program has grown and evolved to meet local and national needs and practices. The School Counseling program consistently provides its graduates with high levels of skill, professionalism, and integrity. Our faculty have diverse areas of expertise, research interests, and backgrounds in school counseling and related areas. They often bring their professional experiences and research interests to the classroom to ensure that we create an engaging and realistic learning environment.


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School Counseling (M.A.)

Learn about the School Counseling (M.A.)  at FGCU


Learn about the School Counseling (M.A.)  at FGCU