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School Counseling and Guidance Services - Master's

Availability: Hattiesburg, Hybrid and Online Options*

School Counseling at Southern Miss

The mission of the Master of Education Program in School Counseling is to equip students to become culturally and ethically competent professional school counselors in K-12 school settings. We offer a 48-credit hour degree program with online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses. We are an NCATE accredited program. Fall and spring classes are online, providing flexibility for working professionals. Summer courses meet on the Hattiesburg campus.

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4848 credit hours
8semesters to completion
10-15students admitted annually

What Will I Learn?

Our program focuses on the integration of theory, research and experiential learning. We build on a foundation in counselor-first identity, building comprehensive school counseling programs with an emphasis on school counselor leadership, critical thinking skills, and the connection between research and practice. Students take courses in a variety of areas including:

  • Foundations of School Counseling
  • Counseling Theory
  • Counseling Skills
  • Career Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Assessment in Counseling
  • Professional Ethics
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Gender and Culture
  • Family Theories
  • Family Research
  • Consultation in School Counseling
  • Practicum and Internship

What our Faculty Provide for School Counseling Students

School Counseling Faculty emphasize an ecological theoretical perspective that requires students to integrate theory, policy, and practice to successfully address issues impacting contemporary K-12 students and their families. The importance of professionalism, personal growth and wellness, lifelong learning, and scholarship are emphasized throughout the program. Graduates become proficient in developing and implementing comprehensive school counseling programs and support services based on data-driven models that promote academic achievement, personal-emotional development, and career development for all students.


Degree Plan Availability
School Counseling MEdHattiesburg, Hattiesburg Hybrid, Online 100%
  • Elementary School Counselor
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Counselor
  • High School Counselor
  • Middle School Counselor
  • High School Counselor
  • Michael Boswell, graduated in 2018,
    is a Professional School Counselor at Richland Upper Elementary in Rankin County School District
  • Stephanie Querns, graduated in 2017,
    is a Professional School Counselor at Purvis High School in Lamar County School District
  • Gwen Keys Hitt, graduated in 1997,
    Retired Professional School Counselor and Part-Time District Test Coordinator in Covington County School District