The Master of Education: Guidance and Counseling program prepares individuals to advise and meet students' needs in collaboration with parents, teachers, and other school and community personnel in K-12 school settings. Graduates of the program are prepared to promote the academic achievement, career planning, personal, and social development of school-aged youth. The program features a strong research and theoretical base in human development while involving the APUS student in practical, real-life, school-based experiences. In addition, the degree plan follows the American School Counselor Association national model which advocates comprehensive, data-driven school counseling programs. The degree adheres to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards and is comprised of 12 online three credit hour core courses followed by a six credit hour practicum (100 field hours) and a 6 credit hour internship (600 field hours), both onsite, for a total of 48 credit hours. In addition, some courses contain assignments that are field based and require candidates to be in an instructional setting.
The American Public University System is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association; and nationally, by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council.
Applicants must have a Bachelor degree to apply.
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The University participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, Federal PLUS, and Federal GRADPLUS programs. American Military University also offers Military Tuition Assistance and the GI Bill