Online Master’s in School Counseling (M.Ed.) Your Path to Counseling Mastery


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Think about a person who had a great influence on the path your life took. Is there a teacher from your past who comes to mind? If you are passionate about being a positive role model in a child’s life, then becoming a school counselor might be the right career path for you. As a counselor, you will have the chance to help children navigate their often difficult and overwhelming years in school.

Liberty University’s CACREP-accredited Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling can help equip you to work as a school counselor in Christian, public, and private schools. This program is also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). By pursuing your master’s in educational counseling online from a university with this level of accreditation, you can be confident that you’re receiving an education of the highest quality.

So, why get a Master of Education in School Counseling? Through this degree, you can gain advanced counseling and psychology skills with an emphasis on ethics, techniques, assessment, evaluation, and group counseling. This M.Ed. program provides specialized preparation for individuals seeking K-12 school counseling licensure** – so you can get the credentials you need to counsel students from many different backgrounds.

As you work toward becoming a school counselor, it’s essential that you gain both practical and theoretical knowledge to apply in real-life situations. Our online master’s in school counseling degree will train you to help students face various challenges and set realistic goals for their future. Not only can you help students apply for college, find jobs, and pursue scholarships to fund their college education – you can also help them thrive mentally and emotionally throughout their K-12 years.

Earn your school counselor degree online today and learn how to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs – programs that are culturally sensitive and promote the career, personal, social, and academic development of children and adolescents.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

**Please note: The M.Ed. in School Counseling may be used to obtain an advanced-level license for PreK-12 school personnel. Candidates residing in Virginia must have completed 2 years of successful, full-time teaching experience or 2 years of successful experience in guidance and counseling to qualify for the school counseling license. Individual state licensure requirements may vary. Please verify licensure requirements for the state in which you reside.

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At Liberty, we don’t just offer an education – we offer an opportunity to impact the world. Here’s what sets us apart:

Our Master of Education in School Counseling program online supports a learning environment that encourages collaboration. Join a culturally diverse, global student body as you seek to become a competent, responsible, ethical, and professional school counselor. With Liberty’s school counselor degree online, you can get the credentials you need to serve in public, private, and Christian schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Throughout this program, you’ll have the opportunity to network with professionals from across the country while studying under industry experts. By the time you graduate, you can be better prepared to meet the needs of diverse bodies of students and support their mental, spiritual, and physical health and development. That way, you can implement a balanced approach to counseling that promotes both academic achievement and student well-being.

The goal of this master’s degree in school counseling online is to equip ethically and spiritually aware counselors with the knowledge, values, and skills needed to promote the mental health of students across diverse populations. One way we do that is by offering opportunities for hands-on experience in the form of 1 full-semester practicum and 2 full-semester internships.

Your internship and practicum placements can help ensure that you gain the experience you need to pursue a career as a licensed school counselor. Work alongside seasoned professionals as you apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real-life situations – and prepare to join the ranks of Liberty graduates who are fulfilling their calling. By pairing the rigorous curriculum of our online master’s in education counseling with practical field experience, you can graduate ready to make a difference.

Get the tools you need to be an effective K-12 school counselor. In this master’s in school counseling degree online, you can learn how to counsel children from diverse backgrounds, conduct assessments and evaluations in educational settings, and use group counseling techniques in the school environment.

Additionally, you can:

  • Examine culturally sensitive counseling practices, social justice, and advocacy approaches for use in a society with a wide range of belief systems
  • Explore best practices for developing, implementing, and evaluating K-12 school counseling programs that promote access and equity for all students
  • Learn how to recognize family, personal, and environmental factors that affect development processes for students of all ages
  • Prepare to navigate various ethical and legal challenges in your counseling career

Our online school counseling program covers both general counseling methods and specialized topics in educational counseling. Additionally, you’ll study a mix of theoretical and practical knowledge, so you can develop a well-rounded approach to counseling that helps students grow personally and academically.

To round out your online school counseling master’s degree, you’ll complete 2 full-semester internships and 1 full-semester practicum. These internship and practicum placements will help you gain valuable, hands-on experience in your field, so you can boost your résumé and work toward meeting the requirements for school counseling licensure. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit our beautiful campus in Lynchburg, Va., to complete your 2 required intensives.

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