Master's of Arts Degree Program in Counselor Education with a School Counseling ConcentrationThe Master of Arts Degree program in Counselor Education with the School Counseling concentration prepares students for careers as school counselors in the public or parochial schools. School counselors assist students’ growth and adjustment with academic, career, personal, and social issues through individual and group counseling, testing, guidance and advising, and consultation with parents, teachers, and other professionals. School counselors work in elementary, middle, junior high, and high schools. Ohio and Michigan no longer require a teaching certificate or teaching experience for licensure as a school counselor. Counselor Education faculty are committed to training counselors who are able to help youth and adolescents meet the complex challenges they face in today’s schools and society. The School Counseling concentration is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the national accrediting body, located at 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, Telephone Number: 703-535-5990. The program meets requirements for licensure or certification in Ohio, Michigan, and most other states. (Click here to view the Master's Student Handbook.)
According to the U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook, prospects for employment for school counselors will grow significantly over the next decade as there is an increase in school-aged children. Virtually all graduates of the UT School Counseling concentration seeking employment are hired within two years of graduation, often in the school district of their choice. School Counselors earn between $30,000 and $60,000 depending on years of experience.
The Counselor Education program takes pride in the individual attention devoted to students. A faculty advisor guides each student through the program. Students have individual supervisors for all practica and internship experiences. The program is designed for students who are working full time and raising families. All classes meet once per week in the late afternoon or early evening and most classes can be taken in the summer. The 48-semester hour master’s degree can be completed in two years full time or three years part time. The program is committed to recruiting and preparing professional counselors representative of the diversity in Toledo and the nation.
Important Handbooks and Forms
Students will want to print out copies of the following Handbooks and forms for their use in the School Counseling program:
- Master's Student Handbook
- Practicum Manual
- School Counseling Masters Plan of Study Sample Form
- School Counseling Masters Plan of Study Worksheet
- Application for School Counseling Endorsement
- Policy on PCs or PCCs Seeking Licensure as a School Counselor
- ODE rules for licensure as a School Counselor
- Becoming a School Counselor & Renewal Information
How To Apply
Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree. Preference is given to students with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or better. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.7 will have to submit scores for the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants apply directly to the College of Graduate Studies by submitting a Graduate School Admissions Form, transcript, and three letters of recommendation. In addition, applicants must submit a 2-3 page paper explaining why they want to become a School Counselor and describing their personal suitability for a career as a School Counselor. Applicant interviews are conducted during the Fall and Spring Semesters. Students can take up to 9 hours before being admitted to the program by applying for Non-Degree Status. Applicants may find it helpful to refer to our Tips for Applicants page. People interested in exploring admission to the School Counseling program should contact Dr. Eric Baltrinic, School Counseling Program Coordinator, at Eric.Baltrinic@utoledo.edu or 419.530.4775. The deadlines for submitting applications for admission to the program are September 15, January 15, and May 15.
A Quality Learning Environment
The University of Toledo is located in Toledo, Ohio, USA, on a suburban campus that is six miles west of the downtown area. With an enrollment of approximately 20,000 students, UT offers more than 140 academic programs and associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees granted through diverse colleges. Students come from all 50 states and 98 countries. People of all races, cultures and backgrounds make up our mix of full- and part-time students.
The Counselor Education program accommodates working students with families by offering classes in the late afternoons and evenings.
The School Counseling program satisfies the requirements for licensure as a school counselor in Ohio. Each state has a Department of Education, or similar licensing body, that determines requirements for licensure. It is highly recommended that prior to admission to The University of Toledo’s Master of Arts in Counselor Education (School Counseling tract) program you contact the professional licensing board in the state in which you plan to apply for licensure to verify that this program and its graduates will meet the eligibility criteria for the credential you seek.