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School Counseling - 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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48credit 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

Applicants must submit the following information to the School Counseling Program Admissions Committee for review:

  • College Transcripts
  • Test Scores
    • For Teachers: Praxis II Scores OR Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    • For Non-Teachers: GRE Scores OR CORE Praxis Scores (Mississippi passing scores)
  • Letter of Intent – A 2-3 page essay telling us about yourself, your educational training and experiences in working with children/adolescents, your decision to pursue a master’s degree in School Counseling, and your professional goals
  • Resume/Curriculum Vita
  • Three Letters of Professional Reference

Students in the School Counseling Program are able to enjoy the flexibility of completing their fall and spring coursework online but also receive experiential, hands-on clinical training through face-to-face classes during the summer semesters. Our summer residency includes our Counseling Skills, Counseling Theory, and Group Counseling coursework, which allows students to learn and practice the clinical and interpersonal skills needed to excel as a professional school counselor.

School Counseling students are eligible to apply for the Gwen Hitt School Counseling Annual Scholarship available each school year. More information can be found at www.usmfoundation.com/GO.

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.

Availability

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
  • Michael Boswell, 2018,
    Professional School Counselor, Richland Upper Elementary in Rankin County School District
  • Stephanie Querns, 2017,
    Professional School Counselor, Purvis High School in Lamar County School District
  • Gwen Keys Hitt, 1997,
    Retired Professional School Counselor and Part-Time District Test Coordinator, Covington County School District