This program is designed for persons who wish to become elementary, secondary, or K-12 school counselors. 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. A student can arrange a plan of study that includes almost entirely online courses. One exception to this are four classes (taken two at a time) that meet in the summer and are taken in a blended/online format. These courses involve coming to campus for one weekend during each of two consecutive summers. Individually designed plans of study allow for flexible completion of the program.
Flexible course delivery including mostly online as well as evenings; blended classes in Summer
Offers a 48 credit K-12 Licensure option
Offers a 42 credit Endorsement option
Local school-based internship opportunities in Fall and Spring
MSU-B has the only online program specializing in school counseling in Montana
Many of our students are recruited into counseling positions even before they complete their programs through OPI-Internships or Provisional Licensure. According to career outcomes surveys for MSUB School Counseling master’s graduates, 82% are employed in their field within 9 months of graduation, and recent graduates report an average salary of $46,643.
MSU Billings' Education Programs meet the educational requirements necessary to seek licensure/certification in the State of Montana. Information on licensure/certification in other States can be found here on the MSUB Provost's web-page
Application Requirements: Masters of Education in School Counseling
|Transcripts (all graduate and undergraduate)||Yes|
|Standardized Exam (e.g. GRE)||Waived if GPA 3.0+|
|Admission Essay/Letter of Interest||Yes|
|Letters of Reference||Yes, 4|
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