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Masters in School Counseling
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
Online with Required Intensives
Transfer Credits
Up to 50% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Jan 14, 2019

Provide Student Care and Counseling by Earning a Masters in School Counseling Online

Liberty University’s CACREP accredited M.Ed. – Masters in School Counseling prepares you to be a school counselor in Christian, public and private schools. You will master counseling and psychology skills, focusing on ethics and techniques, ethnicity, family counseling and career guidance. Courses provide specialized preparation for individuals seeking credentials for a K-12 school position. In becoming a school counselor, you will accrue both practical and theoretical knowledge to apply in real-life experiences. Our counselor degree will train you how to become a school counselor and serve as a valuable asset through investing in students’ lives and providing an emotionally safe environment for holistic student needs.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Master’s in School Counseling Program?

 Our Masters in Education online School Counseling programs support a collaborative learning environment that prepares a culturally diverse, global student body to be competent, responsible, ethical professional school counselors in public, private, and Christian elementary, middle, and high schools. Our Masters in School Counseling online is taught from a Biblical perspective prepares graduates to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs that are culturally sensitive and promote the career, personal, social, and academic development of children and adolescents.

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What Will You Learn in the Master of Education in School Counseling Degree?

Throughout our online Masters in School Counseling degree, you will attain scholastic competency, apply counseling skills with diverse populations and demonstrate of the ability to integrate faith and spirituality into counseling where appropriate in an ethically competent manner. Our online school counseling programs will provide the training to identify and create intervention strategies, collaboration, and referrals in an educational setting. Training in professional and ethical conduct as a school counselor will be explored as well as understanding culturally sensitive counseling practices, social justice, and advocacy approaches in a pluralistic society. In achieving your online Masters in School Counseling, you will recognize family, personal, and environmental factors that affect career development processes and activities for all grade levels.

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Degree Info
Military Benefits
Potential Careers
Admission Requirements

Masters in School Counseling Program Information 

  • Online with Required Intensives
  • A six-credit hour internship is required
  • This program falls under the School of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan for this program.
  • View the Master of Education in School Counseling Course Syllabi (login required).
  • View our School Counseling Advising Guide.
  • The Education Department will verify that students have completed one of Liberty’s Virginia state-approved licensure programs.
  • No prior teaching license is required for this program.
  • Students should verify any additional licensure requirements with their home state. 
  • Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). Accreditation by SACSCOC means your degree will be recognized around the nation.
  • The program has been named one of the most affordable school counseling programs by the SR Education group and one of the best online master’s programs in School Counseling by
  • Liberty’s Dr. Schellenberg partnered with Dr. Tyler Kimbel, Vice President for Research and Advocacy for CACREP, to develop the first and only set of Spiritual and Religious competencies for School Counseling to be used in both public and private K-12 schools. The competencies were published in the profession’s hallmark Tier 1 journal with a request to write an article for the ASCA School Counselor magazine as well as present on these competencies at national conferences.

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
  •  Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times. 

Master of Education School Counseling Program Highlights

  • By earning your online Masters School Counseling degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • Students can complete this online Masters in School Counseling degree program in as little as two years.

Similar Online Degree Programs

  • Master of Arts in Teaching – Liberty’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) provides a path for students with an education background to advance their teaching skills as well as provides students wanting to move into a rewarding new career in teaching with the opportunity to seek the credentials for licensure. The online MAT degree pairs advanced learning theory with an evidence-based practical methodology to equip teachers to help children and young adults in their educational journey.
  •  Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Our Masters of Arts in Human Services Counseling furthers your education in the study of human behavior and the application of helping skills. You will master a review of literature in the field considered essential to the master’s level professional preparation of human service counseling workers who seek to offer services in areas such as leadership, families, addictions, and recovery.
  •  Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy – The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy provides you with a strong understanding of counseling principles and strategies to prepare you to seek licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Courses will provide you with a thorough background in individual and group counseling theories and techniques, as well as clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of ethical, professional, and legal issues in counseling.

Potential Future Careers for Those Who Earn the Master of Education in School Counseling

Industry Outlook: The U.S. Department of Labor expects school and career counselors to see an 8% growth in employment over the next seven years. Growing enrollment, at all levels of education, creates a need for counselors to respond to the development and academic needs of students.*

Upon completion of your online Masters in Education – School Counseling degree from Liberty University, you will have the opportunity to pursue:

  • Licensed School counseling in public and private K-12 schools.
  • Continued education/requirements to become a licensed professional counselor.

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Information obtained on September 19, 2017.

Admission Requirements for the M.Ed. in School Counselor Degree

A regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or above cumulative combined GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information. 

All Applicants Must Submit the Following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts; if not available, submit a transcript request form.
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

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