Grand Canyon University

M.Ed. in School Counseling (ITL)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Ed. in School Counseling (ITL)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Help Support Pre-K-12 Students Through Informed Guidance and Counseling

The MEd in School Counseling program at Grand Canyon University offers individuals with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to pursue a career as a school counselor and seek certification. This master’s degree leads to initial licensure and serves as the next step for professional advancement in two fields — education and counseling.

As a teacher candidate, you may choose to obtain a master’s in school counseling to help expand your knowledge base and advance your skill set to become an advocate for pre-K-12 students. Throughout their school years, students may encounter challenging circumstances such as bullying, drug use, questions about sexual orientation, social development, mental health concerns and instances of violence/trauma. Pursuing a graduate degree in counseling equips you with the skills to intervene and provide support for children and adolescents facing these issues. Additionally, you will receive training on effectively collaborating with parents, guardians and school personnel to meet the unique needs of your students.

Benefits of GCU's Master’s Degree in School Counseling

As a Christian university, GCU designs programs with a faith-integrated curriculum that reflects the university’s Christian worldview. At GCU, you have the opportunity to develop into more than a school counselor — you can grow into a compassionate, servant leader with strong ethics and morals that can help make a positive difference in communities and the lives of children.

Earn Your Master’s Online

This master’s in school counseling online program is designed to offer flexibility while supporting a collaborative learning environment. Throughout the program, you will study under knowledgeable faculty and counseling professionals and have the opportunity to network with peers.

The majority of courses in this initial licensure counseling degree program are offered online or through evening classes. In-person practicum and internship hours are also required to meet the necessary field experience for Arizona licensure and the completion of this master’s program.
Master of Education in School Counseling

Gain Advanced Competencies and Skills Needed for School Counseling

Upon completing the MEd in School Counseling degree, you will acquire the necessary tools to help struggling young learners overcome obstacles, while they prepare for the next step in their educational journey. Continuation of education provides aspiring school counselors with the knowledge to:

    Address challenges experienced by children and adolescents, such as academic, social and emotional difficulties, low self-esteem and issues they may be experiencing at home
    Identify risks that lead to mental health and behavioral disorders
    Strategize ways to foster personal growth
    Lead in data-informed decision-making and school counseling program development
    Examine how various non-academic problems affect achievement in the classroom

Career Possibilities With an MEd Degree in School Counseling

Master’s in school counseling graduates can have the career readiness to advocate for student’s well-being and create a supportive learning environment, helping them navigate academic, social, and emotional challenges they may face. As a student, you must have access to pre-approved pre-K-12 schools to complete program requirements. This program includes 25 field experience hours, 100 practicum hours and 600 internship hours for a total of 725 hours.

Graduates with a master’s degree in school counseling may pursue positions in education and counseling that include:

    School counselor
    Guidance counselor

    Career counselor
    Educational advisor

Earn Your Master of Education in School Counseling From an Accredited Education Program

The MEd degree in school counseling is informed by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model to support growth in academic achievement, career and social-emotional development. GCU’s school counseling program fosters the development of school counselors in training to advocate for models of school-based collaboration with school stakeholders.

The curriculum for this program is:

    Institutionally accredited
    Approved by the Arizona State Board of Education and informed by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model
    Tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner with a strength-based approach
    Facilitated by industry experts with experience and knowledge in child and adolescent development, counseling theory, group and individual counseling, college and career counseling, as well as trauma and psychopathology

1 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2022, September 8). School and Career Counselors and Advisors Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on July 25, 2023.

2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, School and Career Counselors and Advisors, retrieved Oct. 18, 2022.

If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint/background clearance is required.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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