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Nationally recognized by The Education Trust as a “Transforming School Counseling” Program, our Master of Arts in School Counseling prepares you for licensure as a school counselor at all grade levels, as well as to be a change agent in pre K-12 schools.

Our program will help you develop a professional identity as a school counselor with particular focus on social justice and equity in schools. You’ll experience a range of theoretical perspectives and also be challenged to view students as embedded in a complex system that inevitably shapes their everyday lives.

Intensive, supervised practica and internships are required, providing real-life work experience in the application of prevention, intervention, and evaluation techniques in pre K-12 schools.

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Licensing

Upon completion of the program, you are eligible for a school counseling license from the Indiana Department of Education. You must apply to be recommended by the Teachers College Office of Teacher Education Services to receive a standard grade license for school counselor, issued by the Indiana Department of Education. A school services license allows you to serve as a counselor at all grade levels (preK-12). Learn more.

Program Benefits

You’ll work closely with a faculty of leading experts in their fields.

Our program is designed to foster student growth and development through coursework and over 800 hours of field-based experiences in practicum and internship.

Social justice and advocacy are at the core of the training experience and are a common thread in every class.

The school counseling program has been continuously accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) since 2002. The program is also structured to educate students in accordance with the Indiana school counseling licensure requirements as well as standards set forth by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

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This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs. Learn more.

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Program Requirements

You’ll need demonstrate competence in eight common core areas and three school counseling specialty areas outlined in the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Total Credits

60

Common Core Areas

  • Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
  • Social and Cultural Diversity
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Career Development
  • Counseling and Helping Relationships
  • Group Counseling and Group Work
  • Assessment and Testing
  • Research and Program Evaluation

School Counseling Specialty Areas

  • Foundations
  • Contextual Dimensions
  • Practice

Courses

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, consult our Graduate Catalog.

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Current Student Handbook

Click here for a look at the School Counseling Program Department of Educational Psychology 2017-2018 Student Handbook. 

Practica and Internships

Practicum and internship experiences focus on the development of comprehensive school counseling skills which individual and group counseling, consultation, collaboration and teaming, advocacy, and leadership. These skills are guided by CACREP 2016 standards, taught throughout the school counseling program curriculum, and are further developed and reinforced in field experiences.

Your training experiences will occur in a series of applied settings including elementary and secondary schools, summer camps, and Pre-K educational programs.

Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing an MA in school counseling? The first step is to apply as a graduate student to Ball State University. At the same time you should complete the "Application Checklist" and upload it to the graduate school application portal. Click here to view and download the checklist.

Application Deadlines:

  • Early admission decision: March 1
  • Fall semester: June 15

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Questions?

Do you want to learn more about our program or have questions about the application process or financial aid? We’re here to help!