Master of Education in School Counseling (K-12) Option
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General Info

The School Counseling option is designed to meet the licensure requirements established by the Office of Public Instruction for counseling in a school setting in the state of Montana. The intent of the program is to prepare individuals to work with elementary and secondary students (K-12 OPI licensure) in a professional, compassionate manner to promote positive intellectual, behavioral, and emotional change. Those students who want to do a thesis for a Master’s degree in School Counseling will develop their plan of study in direct consultation with their advisor.

For students who wish to pursue both school counseling licensure from the Office of Public Instruction and State of Montana licensure (LPC or LCPC) simultaneously, there is a 60 credit hour degree program that can be set up with consultation with an advisor. Students should be aware the Montana Board of Social Work and Licensed Professional Counselors, not the MSU Billings College of Education, control that licensure. Students who wish to pursue licensure should use the coursework for the K-12 option and the programmatic requirements established by the Montana Board of Social Work and Licensed Professional Counselors for LPC/LCPC eligibility.

Most of the courses in this program are offered online and some are offered in the evening allowing for flexible completion of the program.

Online Classes? Yes
Evening Classes? Yes
Program Length: If you take a full load of 9 credits per semester, you could finish this program in about 5-6 semesters

Careers: What can you do with a degree in School Counseling?
  • Counselor K-12 Schools
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Therapist
  • Youth Services Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Advocate
Admission Criteria/Application Procedures


  1. UGPA/GGPA: Official Transcripts for All Previous Coursework
  2. GRE: Complete Revised General Test
  3. Personal Goal Statement: Complete 300-400 Word Statement
  4. Four References: 2 Professional; 2 Academic
  5. Submission of Current (last 5 years) Resume

*Program admission does not guarantee placement in an Internship or an Advanced Counseling Practicum

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Please contact the office of Graduate Studies for information about this program, admission requirements, application forms, graduate assistantships and other scholarship information. Contact us as well for information about any of our graduate degree programs.

Our office is located in McMullen Hall, First Floor.
The office is open from 8:00 to 5:00 (Mountain time) Monday through Friday. Office: 406-657-2238 Fax: 406-657-2302

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