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School Counselor (M.Ed.)

Master of Education: School Counselor and School Counselor Certification

Two Paths to Becoming a School Counselor

Whether you’re ready to enter an M.Ed. program that includes New Hampshire certification or you already have a master’s degree in a related field and are seeking New Hampshire certification alone, Keene State can prepare you to become a catalyst for educational change.

The School Counselor program offers two options:

  • Master of Education Degree: with endorsement for NH Department of Education Guidance Counselor (K-12) certification credential
  • Post-Master’s Certification Program: NH-approved certification program with endorsement to the NH Department of Education to confer Guidance Counselor (K-12) certification credential
A Hands-On Approach

The KSC School Counselor Programs are designed to encourage the development of school counselors who are actively involved in school transformation as catalysts for educational change and leaders in educational reform. The programs prepare future school counselors to work as advocates for their students and to create developmental school counseling programs that are comprehensive in nature and focused on equity and success for all students.

The programs are field-based; many courses require students to directly apply theory and content to a school counseling setting. They are also sequential in design, with each course providing a base for subsequent courses. Two semester-long School Counseling internships (elementary and secondary) for a total of 600 hours, include a weekly seminar and require students to demonstrate mastery level counseling in a public school setting.

Benefits of a Keene State M. Ed. or Post-Master’s program in School Counseling
  • Convenient schedule. Late afternoon, evening, and weekend classes. Summer courses can be part of week-long intensive institutes or spread throughout the summer. (note: only one or two courses have more than 15 – 20% online content)
  • Choose and design projects to meet your specific professional goals. The School Counselor programs offer flexibility for highly motivated individuals looking for a leadership role in an area of their choice. The final year of the M.Ed. focuses on action research connected to individual scholarly and professional choices. Students use the findings from their research to support school change initiatives in a chosen area – for instance, safe schools, GLBTQ, teen family planning, substance abuse, bullying prevention, crisis management, and others.
  • An M.Ed. in two or three years. The 48-credit M.Ed. with certification as a Guidance Counselor can be accomplished in two or three years. You can choose.
  • Post-master’s certification in two or three years. The 30-credit Post-Master’s Certification Program with certification as a Guidance Counselor (K-12) can be accomplished in two or three years. You can choose.
  • An exceptional tuition value. Tuition and fees competitive with and lower than surrounding schools with only a minimal premium for non-residents.
  • A highly regarded faculty holding classes in one of New Hampshire’s most accessible, friendly, and exciting small cities.
  • Individual attention from admissions interview to graduation and beyond
  • We want to hear your unique story. Every applicant receives an interview, setting the tone for an educational relationship with faculty mentors who take explicit interest in their students’ goals and their self-expression. These mentorships continue as graduates enter the field.
Where are the Guidance Counselor Jobs?

Take a look at the employment picture for professionals with master's degrees in Guidance Counseling at the NH Department of Education. You can also review Critical Teacher Shortage Areas and alternative paths to certification.

Coursework Breakdown

Note: Three graduate level elective credits must be completed at some point in the program.

Term Coursework
Term 1 Fall School Counseling: Roles, Responsibilities, and Interventions *
Professional Seminar in School Counseling
Lifespan Development *
Methods and Skills of Counseling
Term 2 Spring The Inclusive School Counselor: Diversity & Multiculturalism *
Assessment and Evaluation for School Counselors *
Group Counseling in Schools *
School Counseling: Theoretical Foundations *
Term 3 Summer School Law *
Career Development *
Term 4 Fall Educational Research Foundations
Internship: Elementary * (One internship must be completed in the fall)
Term 5 Spring Internship: Secondary * (One internship must be completed in the spring)
Educational Research Design
Term 6 Summer Capstone

* Indicates post-masters certification courses.

Basic Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher with 2.50 GPA or GRE scores at 50th percentile or above
  • Passing Praxis scores or current teacher certification
  • Three professional references
Tuition and Fees
2014-15 RatesIn-stateOut-of-stateFees
Part-Time Matriculated, Credit$480$530$98
Continuing Education, Credit$480$530$29

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